###### We offer all of our services both in person and online and can help you master any subject in 7-12+ math, including statistics and the ACT, SAT, GRE, and AP Math exams. If you are looking for the absolute highest quality of math homework help, test prep, or contest training, you’ve come to the right place!

**Here's why Solve It! operates on a totally different level from any other math tutoring service in greater St. Louis:**

###### • Igor Konfisakhar, the founder and president of the Solve It! is hands down the most deeply skilled and experienced math tutor in St. Louis.

**Learn exactly why**

Igor was born in Russia to a family with a long tradition of mathematics. Most notably, his aunt Larissa Itina’s math textbooks have won numerous prestigious awards in the former Soviet Union and continue to be used throughout Eastern Europe. Igor himself was always a math whiz, skipping three grades, earning perfect scores on all of his standardized math tests, and becoming one of the top-performing high school students in the Midwest in math competitions and the #1 student in the State of Nebraska.

After graduating as the valedictorian of his high school, Igor attended Washington University and in four years, graduated Magma Cum Laude with simultaneous BS and MA degrees in mathematics, a minor in computer science, four mathematical research publications, and many academic awards and scholarships.

Igor’s passion for teaching math began in high school, where he spent three years tutoring fellow students in math and coaching them for math competitions. From the start, the defining principle of Igor’s philosophy of learning and teaching math has been an unwavering focus on deep intuitive understanding, rather than memorization.

Igor has made it his life's mission to become the most effective math tutor humanly possible and to change the way the world learns math through his own innovative math tutoring software, the K2 Learning System. Igor has gone to great lengths to become the world’s best math tutor. Among other things, he has:

• **Traveled the world to experience** Russian, Japanese (Kumon), Hungarian, American, and other superior math-instructional methods.

• **Personally tutored over 1150 math students** of all backgrounds, ranging from students struggling to succeed in their middle school-college math classes, to students trying to achieve their highest possible scores on the ACT, SAT, GRE, and AP Math exams. Igor has also tutored elite math competitors from across the United States, as well as many of the most exceptional students in the St. Louis area. Throughout this process, Igor has constantly worked to develop ever more efficient methods of teaching math. Today, Igor's best-practice methods are so streamlined that it’s common for him to teach a student a whole month's worth of material in just two hours and to do a better job of it than the student’s class at school.

• **Consistently produced near miraculous results** for his students, not only in terms of grades and scores, but also by permanently elevating students’ logical reasoning abilities and helping them to develop a strong appreciation for math! Even better, Igor has done all of this while creating a fun, playful atmosphere that students eagerly anticipate coming back to, week after week. Just read the reviews! They are 100% accurate and you won't find any like them anywhere else.

• **Completed projects for Pearson and Chegg**, two industry-leading math software companies, using the wisdom he gained from these experiences to fine-tune the design of his own math tutoring software, the K2 Learning System.

• **Invested years developing the K2 Learning System**, a software package that provides each student with his/her own virtual world-class private math tutor. Still in development, K2 helps students to acquire mathematical concepts in an intuitive, efficient, and comprehensive way, while continuously adapting to each student’s ability level and knowledge base. The Solve It! tutoring center is equipped with a content-development room, including a professional-quality filming studio, where Igor works tirelessly, incorporating feedback from his students and tutors to refine and perfect K2.

• **Refused to rest on his laurels**. Igor is never satisfied and continually strives to make the best even better by perfecting his instructional methods, be they live tutoring, distance learning, or the K2 Learning System.

###### • *Solve It!* employs by far the most highly qualified and meticulously trained math tutors in St. Louis.

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##### Many tutoring services claim to have "the best" tutors. Unfortunately, those tutors are usually nothing more than smart local college students/graduates looking to make a little money on the side. They usually have little if any tutoring experience and were recruited by managerial staff who themselves have had zero tutoring experience and thus have no ability to judge an effective tutor from an ineffective one. Even worse, most of the newly hired tutors are given absolutely no training before being sent off to work with students.

This is NOT how we work at Solve It!. Just read our tutor bios and you’ll see immediately that our tutors are extraordinary educators whom Igor has personally trained in his most effective math tutoring methodology.

Solve It! employs only two types of tutors:

1. Highly skilled mathematicians and educators who, in addition to possessing excellent initial qualifications, had to pass Igor’s rigorous selection and training process. Igor interviews potential tutors with great caution. To even be considered for training, a candidate must meet each of Igor’s four qualifications: (1) extensive prior math tutoring/teaching experience; (2) a deep and comprehensive understanding of 7-12+ math; (3) a teaching philosophy in harmony with Igor’s; and (4) a serious desire to work with Igor for years to come and help him to make a positive impact on American math education. Each candidate then has to complete a rigorous 20-hour training program, during which Igor instructs him or her on all of the most effective teaching techniques that he has developed over his nearly 20 years and 1150+ students of experience. Only those candidates who can successfully master Igor’s methods are then allowed to join the Solve It! team—thereby guaranteeing that Solve It! has the very best tutors available anywhere.

2. The very best of Igor’s own current and former students. Having spent years personally tutoring and training with Igor, these students have gone on to achieve great successes in various mathematical enterprises, including winning local and national math competitions, skipping grades in school, and receiving perfect scores on standardized math tests. These are all truly exceptional young mathematicians with a more intimate knowledge of Igor’s teaching methods than anyone else. They each possess a deeper level of mastery of high school mathematics than perhaps 99% of math teachers. After all, what could give a new *Solve It!* student more confidence than working directly with a tutor who has personally achieved amazing results using the same methods?

Each new client is carefully paired with the *Solve It!* tutor who will best match his or her needs, schedule, budget, and personality. Math is universal, but learning is personal.

###### • We employ a variety of innovative methods to help each student master the absolute most material in the least amount of time.

**Learn exactly how**

From day one, Igor's approach has been to do everything possible to promote his students’ best interests—even if that meant doing something that was “bad for business” or telling a student something that he or she might not want to hear. One good example is when Igor would recommend fewer tutoring hours and more personal study time in order to teach students valuable life skills, such as independence and good study habits and save parents money, while not compromising on the quality of their children’s education. Igor firmly believes that always doing right by his students will inevitably lead to an abundance of grateful and successful clients, whose achievements and abilities will speak for themselves. To that end, Solve It! does all of the following:

• We use a simple but **highly effective note-taking system**, which allows tutors to quickly fill in gaps in students’ knowledge, while only needing to teach each concept or problem type once.

• When we find that a student has a gap in his or her knowledge over a topic that is already programmed into the **K2 Learning System**, we efficiently explain that topic to the student and then ask the student to master the topic in K2 for homework. This guarantees that the student receives perfectly customized training for a deep, long-lasting understanding of that topic **for free**.

• For topics not yet in K2, we have created our **own library of worksheets**. We assign these worksheets as necessary to help ensure mastery. At the tutoring center, Igor also maintains a **carefully curated collection of textbooks**, which he has found to be the most effective for supplemental learning, extra homework, test prep, and even complete privately-taught math courses. As with K2, access to our library of worksheets and our textbook collection is **also free**.

• In general, **students are encouraged to be self-sufficient** by doing as much of the work as possible (in particular, all of the drilling required to master a topic) on their own and to only use the tutor when they really need to. This allows students to gain the full benefits of tutoring, while **teaching them healthy study habits and saving their parents money**.

• All of the extra bells and whistles are great, but **the true foundation of our approach is simply to teach math the right way**. The unique best-practice techniques for teaching math that Igor has developed allow students to learn in a way that is intuitive, efficient, effective, and permanent. To see exactly what we mean, just watch some of our sample videos!

###### • We provide our clients with the highest levels of convenience, fun, and luxury.

**Learn exactly how**

• When students (or tutors) are located outside of St. Louis or simply prefer to learn from the comfort of their homes, they can still get all of the benefits of in-person tutoring from our versatile **online classroom**. The classroom includes audio, video, a dynamic whiteboard on which tutors and students can solve problems together, various math tools, and the ability to paste any material from the internet, homeworks, textbooks, etc… directly into the classroom. And lessons can be recorded and saved for students and parents to re-watch at their convenience. We can also **tutor students in person at their homes**, although this may involve an extra fee.

• *The Solve It!* tutoring center itself is as sleek and refined as Igor’s teaching methods. It resembles an Apple Store more than a tutoring center. This way, students know immediately that they’re not in for just another boring math tutoring session, but a transcendental learning experience!

• Igor believes that students learn best when they enjoy all aspects of the learning experience. To that end, we provide students (and parents!) with a comfortable **waiting area, free wi-fi**, and a **great selection of complementary drinks and snacks**. Students and parents can enjoy snacking to their heart’s content on anything from coconut water and Cliff Bars, to spicy Cheetos and **freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies and pizzas**.

• Our main classroom is as versatile as it is stylish. It is the perfect environment for one-on-one tutoring, but is flexible enough to accommodate group tutoring sessions and even full-sized classes. Our **tables have writeable, custom-cut glass tops**, which allow students to scribble all over them during their lessons, just like Russell Crow in A Beautiful Mind. These tables are not only lots of fun, but also a highly effective learning tool.

• We are **centrally located** in Ladue, right off of highway 40 and walking distance from Ladue High School and Ladue Middle School. This is perfect for Ladue students who want to walk here right after school, eat, drink, and be merry while acing their homework, and get picked up by a parent when they’re all done. We are also just minutes away from Clayton High School, John Burroughs School, MICDS, Visitation Academy, Villa Duchesne, Priory, De Smet and others.

#### Pricing for each of our highly-qualified tutors is set based on the depth of his or her experience and educational background. **Unlike other tutoring services, ***Solve It!* is completely transparent about pricing. We offer competitive prices and the absolute highest value of tutoring available at each price point.