Mike Answers Your Math Questions


In 2006, "20/20" first introduced you to Mike Byster, the creator of Mike's Math. We received more than 8,000 e-mail questions and comments about Mike's Math, and we wanted to share some of Mike's answers to your questions. You can find out much more about Mike's Math at his Web site.

Angela Mooney from Wauconda Ill., asked, "Who were those kids on '20/20' and how did they do those amazing things?"

Mike: The kids on the show were everyday third-, fifth- and eighth-grade students in regular classrooms. The two main reasons for their improvement were they believed in themselves, and they were taught in an extremely fun environment.

Lolly Libman from Prescott, Ariz., asked, "Does this work on all children?"

Mike: I have tested this out on hundreds of kids of all ages and ability levels, and each child improved tremendously.

Maria Gruett from Lititz, Pa., asked, "What will be the best way for my kid to learn Mike's Math?"

Mike: I have always believed that the key to learning is to make it fun. We have developed a very fun groundbreaking interactive way for kids to learn, unlike anything ever done before. We do not think the optimal way is through workbooks.

Nancy Murray from Adrian, Mich., asked, "How long does it take for the kids to get really good at it."

Mike: There are 15 sections, each requiring anywhere between a couple of days to a week to master, depending on the child. So about one to three months is a good guideline.

Sarah Ashton, Cambridge, N.Y., asked, "I am so excited by this, how can I make a donation?"

Mike: Thank you so much, but we are not accepting donations. Mike's Math is one of the most powerful educational tools ever developed and needs to be made available and affordable to every child in the world. We are looking to partner with powerful people or kid-friendly corporations whose main objective is to educate children and can help us achieve our goal.

Mary Bojan from McHenry, Ill., asked, "Does your system work for all multiplication problems or just ones with shortcuts?"

Mike: It works for all multiplication problems. But sometimes it is more beneficial to use shortcuts for certain problems.

Mickey Steiner from Boynton Beach, Fla., asked, "When will Mike's Math be made available to the general public?"

Mike: It can be mass produced in a short amount of time. We do not have an exact timeline, but sometime in 2007.

Bernie Marren from Los Altos, Calif., asked, "You mentioned in the interview on '20/20' how you take it beyond math. Can you give me an example?"

Mike: Your mind gets used to processing information much quicker when you are doing this system. Once you do it with numbers, it works with words and letters, thus greatly improving one's memory. For an example, go to www.mikesmath.com and click on video. It is a two-minute clip, but it shows memory prowess besides math.

Larry Kauffman from Detroit asked, "Do you ever regret leaving your job to do this for free?"

Mike: I have never regretted it for one day. I receive thousands of letters from kids saying how cool this is and how good they feel about themselves. You cannot put a price tag on that.

Sandy Browner from San Diego asked, "What can I do to get you to come to my kid's school and what do you charge?"

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