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EP 211 – Social Emotional Growth via Storybooth

August 4th, 2020


The world isn’t quite as perfect as social media makes it seem. Most platforms teens use today depict picture-perfect lives, and while there is no …

EP 210 – Gamify Classroom Management with Classcraft

June 29th, 2020


What do video games and teaching have in common? Classcraft has the answer.

Participating in different types of games can be hyper-rewarding, and the founders of Classcraft have created a way to bring the same level of …

EP 209: Achieve Natural, Deep Sleep with Binaural Beats

June 2nd, 2020


Jody Hatton wasn’t sleeping well.

Rather than struggle through days and nights with his head in a fog, Hatton decided to take action. He’d become a fan of binaural beats, an emerging type of soundwave therapy, and found …

EP 208: Extra Learning with Extra Credits

May 25th, 2020


Many moons ago, back in the early days of roller skates and Rubiks Cubes, astute students used encyclopedias as educational reference points.

You’d …

EP 207: Tik Tok Teacher of Mathematics

May 19th, 2020


This is such an incredible time to learn math.

Day by day, the internet continues to produce exciting new methods for honing mathematical skills, be …

EP 206: Learning Guitar at Home with Fender Play

May 12th, 2020


Fender Play is rockin’ right now.

Beginning and intermediate guitar players are flocking to Fender Play to learn, develop and share new music digitally. 

There’s something for every budding guitar virtuoso at Fender …

EP 205: Educational Games for Distance Learning from Schell Games

May 4th, 2020


Even in a global pandemic, silver linings emerge.

March Madness basketball brackets and spring break vacations to the tropics have sadly been set …

EP 204 – Games + Math = Splash Learn

April 27th, 2020


Make the content fun and make it accessible — those are two tenets of the educational technology revolution.

Tune in this week to hear Huzefa chat …

EP 203: Mind Maps with MindMeister

April 18th, 2020


Kick your brain into high gear with mind maps, a powerful brainstorming tool that encourages users to create a steady flow of original ideas covering …

EP 202: Incredible Kids Programming with Cool School

April 14th, 2020


At Cool School, kids can let their imaginations run wild while parents kick back knowing the content being consumed is safe and educational.

With …

EP:201 How a Game Can Beat Coronavirus with Foldit

April 6th, 2020


Here’s something awesome and oh-so-important considering our current global environment: Education technology that can help lead to preventative care.

EP 200: Learning Made Easy with 2 Minute Classroom

March 16th, 2020


The rapid growth across the ed-tech industry tells us one thing: people love to learn. With more educational resources at our fingertips than ever before, we are all faced with the dilemma of wanting to spend our time …

EP 199: Learning off the beaten path with After Skool

March 10th, 2020


Skilled animator Mark Woods has found the perfect formula for keeping us glued to his educational YouTube channel, After Skool. 

The content is …

EP 198: Homework Help with Brainly

March 2nd, 2020


“No one knows everything, but everyone knows something.” Brainly is the world’s largest peer to peer homework platform, with 150 million global users per month, 16 million of whom are in the U.S. Huzefa talks with Eric …

EP 197: Amplifying Science Education with Flinn Scientific

February 24th, 2020


Flinn Scientific was started in 1977 by Larry Flinn, who put his career on the line to pursue his passion and help science educators across the nation. He recognized the need for improved products and safety methods for …

EP 196: Graphing Math Functions like a Legend with GeoGebra

February 18th, 2020


Markus Hohenwarter is the founder of GeoGebra, a collection of engaging math apps that bring together algebra, geometry, and graphing, in one …

EP 195: Learning about Robotics and Programming with Sphero

January 22nd, 2020


A lot has changed since Adam Wilson, co-founder of Sphero, first became interested in Robotics. Inspired by the movie Short Circuit, Adam attempted …

EP 194: How Kids Gain Typing Mastery with TypeTastic

January 7th, 2020


Typing is one of the fundamental education skills, and something that hasn’t always been fun to learn. As typing is being taught to younger ages, the …

EP 193: Math Mastery for Kids with Learning Differences using ModMath

December 31st, 2019


Josh and Dawn Denberg, the creators of the incredible free app ModMath, don’t consider themselves education technology gurus, teachers or even …

EP 192: Leading the Charge in Digital Resources with Shmoop

December 24th, 2019


Andy Rahden is the new CEO of Shmoop, an award-winning digital publisher and provider of test-prep resources. No stranger to the EdTech industry, Rahden’s most recent success was with Pluralsight. His experience in …

EP 191: Teaching Math via YouTube with MathMeeting

December 17th, 2019


Chris Seber, a civil engineering graduate, found his calling teaching math to the world via his YouTube channel, Math Meeting. He is the founder of and creator of brain teasers, Rubik’s cube videos, and …

EP 190: Inspiring Creativity and Problem Solving with First Lego League Jr.

October 28th, 2019


Alisha MacIntyre is the Head of Program Development and Lego Education at FIRST, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring kids through STEAM. Huzefa talks with Alisha about the origins of the FIRST Lego League …

EP 189: Becoming a Super Learner Jonathan Levi

October 21st, 2019


Jonathan Levi of SuperHuman Academy is a serial “entreprenewer”, life hacker, and author of The Only Skill That Matters and Super Learner.  Jonathan sits down with Huzefa to talk about his journey from being a kid being …

EP 188: How to Alleviate Math Anxiety with Robert Adhoot of YayMath.Org

September 23rd, 2019


Robert Adhoot an author, TEDx speaker, and math educator. He is the founder of the which is a collection of engaging math video lessons. …

EP 187: Chetna Vasishth of ChetChat on How to Effectively Increase Focus and Concentration

August 12th, 2019


Chetna Vasishth is the Founder of ChetChat, the largest online chat show in the ed-tech arena. Based in Mumbai, India, ChetChat provides career guidance, entrepreneurial success stories and video chats with …

EP 186: Addiction Education for Children + Teens in 2019

August 5th, 2019


Phillip Markoff (aka CGKid) is an Addiction Education YouTuber and blogger based out of Dallas, Texas. Phillip sits down with Huzefa to share his experience with addiction, recovery and his path to educating the public …

EP 185: Reading to your Kids Like a Superstar Parent with Novel Effect

June 4th, 2019


Since the beginning of civilization, humans have traded stories. While some stories teach lessons, others simply serve to pass the time. Families have read stories to each other by the light of countless fires and …

EP 184: Integrating and Optimizing School Data with ASSIST

May 14th, 2019


Through advancements in technology and the development of the growing EdTech field, we often find ourselves with a little too much of a good thing. …

EP 183: Enabling Adults to be Digitally Literate with Northstar

May 1st, 2019


Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments, a program of the Minnesota Literacy Council, allows users to assess their digital literacy and basic skills on the computer. The assessments are available in three key areas, …

EP 182: John Medina on Brain Rules for Happy and Healthy Children

February 7th, 2019


Dr. John Medina has written many books such as the New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, …

EP 181: Raising Children to be Happy and Healthy at MindEDU

January 22nd, 2019


Richard Biegel, founder of MindEDU, did not set out to join the burgeoning EdTech revolution. Nevertheless, he found himself drawn to the dynamic …

EP 180: Alternate History with Monsieur Z

January 14th, 2019


What if the Sino-Soviet Union formed? What if Iran became communist? What if Hitler died early? These are all questions answered by Monsieur Z, a YouTube channel that began producing alternate history videos in …

EP 179: Unique Insights on Historical Events with Step Back History

January 8th, 2019


Tristan Johnson had always admired the work of successful scientists making a name for themselves in their respective fields — people like Bill Nye …

EP 178: SciShow – a Powerful Science Show for Kids

September 24th, 2018


Science has a tendency to be viewed as complicated and erudite, a subject with so many different branches and intricacies that it can take years to study even one discipline. But that is often to do with how science …

EP 177: Chemistry Made Amazing with NileRed

September 17th, 2018


Nigel Braun began posting his chemistry experiments to YouTube in 2014 under the name NileRed (after the lipophilic stain) with no intention of amassing such a large audience. But now, four years later, he has over …

EP 176: Udemy – the Largest Learning Platform on the Planet

September 10th, 2018


As technology evolves, so does the way we use it in our own development. Udemy is one such company that’s taken advantage of the widespread …

EP 175: Making Math Interactive at MoMath

September 3rd, 2018


In the early 2000s, the Goudreau Museum closed. It was a small math museum on Long Island, but it sparked an outrage among a small group of people who met up in 2008 to open a new math museum. Despite the need for …

EP 174: Teaching STEM Creatively at the Geek Group

August 13th, 2018


The Geek Group’s primary goal is to provide people with easy access to an education based on science and technology, the chance to hone their skills …

EP 173: New York Teacher Shares his Passion for Math Rap Education

August 6th, 2018


Seven years ago, Mike Andrejkovics wrote the first rap he ever performed to his students. Since then, this has evolved into a long-standing …

EP 172: Making Learning Dynamic, Collaborative, and Fun with Kahoot!

July 30th, 2018


In 2013, a revolution in learning began. At the 3rd annual SXSWedu conference, a small audience was introduced to a way of learning that would …

EP 171: Jay Foreman on Teaching through Comedy

July 26th, 2018


Comedy and education don’t often mix, but when they do, it can make for some of the most effective learning. This is what Jay Foreman, a British singer-songwriter, set out to do with his work.

His YouTube channel …

EP 170: Connecting Students with Tutors via Tutor Ocean

July 17th, 2018


The struggle of finding a competent tutor for their children is one that is all too familiar to parents — sorting through slews of tutor listings that often don’t work out. TutorOcean is a company that aims to make that …

EP 169: Coding Made fun with Emojis

July 9th, 2018


Coding can be viewed as esoteric, confusing, and definitely not for kids. But with Codemoji, this generally accepted view of computer science as complicated and dense is entirely upended. Their goal is to teach kids how …

EP 168: Creating a Popular Kids Show with Blippi TV

July 1st, 2018


The character Blippi began in 2014 as the brainchild of Stevin John, who would later go on to play the character himself. He wanted to make early …

EP 167: Physics Girl on How to Make Impactful Science Content

June 25th, 2018


The popular YouTube channel Physics Girl began as a fun personal project for Dianna Cowern, who simply wanted to spread her love of physics after …

EP 166: Mother Goose Club – Making Learning Fun with Music, Colors, and Characters

June 17th, 2018


Preschool is one of the most important time in a child’s learning development. Sockeye Media’s Mother Goose Club has reinvented the world of early …

EP 165: Math and Music Together Again with Numberock

June 4th, 2018


It all began when Ben Hehn, an elementary school teacher, brought his guitar to school one day to sing a song about long division to his students. …

EP 164: Memorize Geographic and Math Facts Musically with Kids Learning Tube

May 28th, 2018


In 2015, Kids Learning Tube was created, a YouTube channel that aims to “educate kids of all ages with original music and animation.” In the years …

EP 163: English Tree TV – the Ultimate Learning Vehicle for ESL

May 21st, 2018


English can be a notoriously difficult language to learn, especially for those who must learn English as a second language. But English Tree TV aims …

EP 162: Top Notch Early Education with Brain Candy TV

May 14th, 2018


What happens when you combine math, dogs, and trucks? Brain Candy TV is what happens. This amazing YouTube channel is based entirely on learning math and science concepts by incorporating animations of vehicles and a …

EP 161: Optimizing Schools with the Canvas Learning Management System

May 7th, 2018


Rarely do we take the time to consider the invisible digital platforms that make schools run seamlessly — the technology allows students to stay on …

EP 160: Teaching Math the Right Way with Welch Labs

April 30th, 2018


There are few resources in place for people to learn difficult and complex material, especially when it relates to mathematics and technical …

EP 159: 3Blue1Brown on How to Show the Natural Beauty of Mathematics

April 23rd, 2018


Math and art — two seemingly vastly different subjects. But despite the apparent opposition between the two, YouTuber Grant Sanderson has set out on an endeavor to combine them in his channel, 3blue1brown, named after …

EP 158: Turning History into Music with Mr. Beat

April 19th, 2018


What’s the easiest way to remember everything you need to know about the Red Scare? Set it to the tune of “Call Me Maybe” and replace the lyrics with a slew of facts about that moment in U.S. history, complete with a …

EP 157: Bridging the Communication Gap between Colleges and their Students

April 10th, 2018


In an age of technology and the Internet, it might seem contradictory that college students are feeling increasingly disconnected from their schools …

EP 156: A Way to Optimize Teacher Development

April 2nd, 2018


“School leaders spend nearly 10% of their time each week managing the mountain of paperwork that comes from teacher observations and feedback.” That …

EP 155: Making Science a Sheer Joy with Veritasium

March 27th, 2018


School can often feel like relatively impersonal, leading to a transitively worse educational experience. But in the age of the Internet, learning is …

EP 154: Super Math World – A 3D Universe that Teaches Math through Game Play

March 20th, 2018


How do you get students interested in a subject matter that is notorious for being boring and difficult? Turn it into a video game complete with …

EP 153: Getting into Harvard and Yale  

March 12th, 2018


The college admissions process is often described as a crapshoot; a harrowing, stress-inducing experience filled with single-digit acceptance rates …

EP 152: Create Breathtaking Projects with 3Doodler  

March 6th, 2018


3D printing often seems like one of many esoteric scientific inventions that are elusive to everyone, especially students — inaccessible and apparently useless when kids are still struggling through geometry. After all, …

EP 151: Making Curriculums Relevant with NEPRIS

February 27th, 2018


“Why am I learning this? When will I ever need to know this information in the real world?” Teachers, please pause for a moment while these all too familiar phrases wash over you for the millionth time. Whether your …

EP 150: Technology and Education Intertwined Effectively with NUITEQ

February 21st, 2018


Let’s be real: school can be boring. Long hours in a classroom bombarded by lectures and textbooks can often cause students to lose their excitement …

EP 149: STEM Preparation at Home with Creation Crate

January 30th, 2018


There’s no doubt that a rapidly expanding technology industry poses a threat to millions of workers due to the automation of their jobs. But David …

EP 148: Variant – A 3D Video Game to Teach Calculus

January 23rd, 2018


The executives at Electronic Arts said it would never work. These gaming experts posited that kids would only want video games with exciting plot …

EP 147: Interactive Learning Made Easy with Explain Everything

December 6th, 2017


It all began with a podcast. Back in the early 2000s, two gentlemen, Bartosz Gonczarek and Piotr Sliwinski, were looking for a way to make podcasts come to life with fun yet simple animations. They searched and searched …

EP 146: Numberphile Mathematician James Grime on Why Math Matters

November 14th, 2017


Nearly one and a half years ago, I made a YouTube video entitled “The Applications of Math.” It was my attempt to explain, in 5 minutes, all the different ways that mathematics empowers the people on this planet to …

EP 145 – How Quirky Personalities Teach Math Most Effectively with Tyler Tarver

November 6th, 2017


It’s an amazing feat to have created several viral videos. Making content that is easily shareable and widely popular is hard, and many content …

EP 144: Memorization Techniques with U.S. Memory Champion Nelson Dellis

October 31st, 2017


Hollywood often glamorizes human beings with extraordinary talents. It’s fascinating for the public to analyze and consider personal tales …

EP 143: Animating Math to Teach Number Fluency

October 24th, 2017


When I think about why I ended up in education, it boils down to a single word: passion. When I delve a bit deeper into the “why,” I see that dissatisfaction with my previous vocation was also a factor. Drilling down a …

EP 142: Inspiring Social Justice Movements with “Rock Your World”

October 17th, 2017


Project-based learning is the innovative way to teach students by “doing” rather than “watching.” It’s an action-oriented pedagogy that has been receiving rave reviews for its potent ability to convey information and …

EP 141: The Value of Music Infused Science Education featuring “Science with Tom”

October 9th, 2017


The Meredith Vieira Show was a daytime network talk show on NBC that had a solid run of two years. During the show’s existence, Meredith invited …

EP 140: Video Tutorials as a Pathway to Becoming a Lifelong Learner

October 2nd, 2017


Duane Habecker has nearly 30 years of experience teaching mathematics. When it comes to classroom math education, Mr. Habecker is a master. His …

EP 139: Optimizing Online Learning – A Conversation with Cerego’s CEO

September 26th, 2017


In Episode 135 of the Scalar Learning Podcast, I spoke with Ross Jones, CEO of an edtech company called Emotuit. Jones is on the forefront of online …

EP 138: YouTube Star Professor Dave on Teaching Science Effectively

September 19th, 2017


As YouTube science teachers go, Professor Dave is the cream of the crop. His channel, Professor Dave Explains, has over 88,000 active subscribers to date. Professor Dave, also known as Dave Farina, has a lengthy …

EP 137: Teaching Financial Fluency with Pennyowl

September 11th, 2017


One out of two families in the U.S. are financially fragile. What does that mean? It means that an unexpected expense of $2,000 would be cause for …

EP 136: Starting a YouTube Channel as a Student with Lauren Lee

September 4th, 2017


As a teacher and private tutor, I interact with both middle and high school students regularly. One immutable fact that I have gleaned over the years …

EP 135: Optimizing Online Learning with Emotuit

August 28th, 2017


Online learning is more than just the future of education; it’s fast becoming the modern methodology for learning. Virtual learning platforms like …

EP 134: Lisa Tran on Teaching Kids to Find Pursuits of Passion

August 21st, 2017


After completing her training to become a pharmacist, Lisa Tran had second thoughts. Although her educational path had been long and costly, she had deep questions about whether her life was moving down the right path. …

EP 133: Active Learning in Math – Education Expert Rae Pica’s Recipe for Maximum Engagement

August 15th, 2017


We all want learning to be fun. Students hope for exciting and interesting lessons because they want to enjoy the process and be happy at school. …

EP 132: My Story, My Vision, and My Advice to Conquer Math

August 7th, 2017


For those of you that have been following me on my journey over the last four years, you know the struggles and great joy that I have experienced. …

EP 131: Top Online SAT Courses Compared

July 31st, 2017


According to the College Board, the organization responsible for the creation of the SAT, nearly 1.36 million students took the SAT in 2016. This …

EP 130: How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior

July 24th, 2017


Dr. Kaye Otten has assisted children with behavioral challenges for over 20 years. But she didn’t set out to tackle this niche area of education at the onset of her career. She began her professional journey working as …

EP 129: myON – a Revolutionary Reading Platform that Engages Children by Cultivating a Love for Literature

July 17th, 2017


As an English teacher, Todd Brekhus noticed some issues with standard English curriculums. He could list a litany of intricacies that needed …

EP 128: Tools of Titans – a Targeted Synopsis of Tim Ferriss’ Best-Selling Book to Provide Choice Chunks of Advice for Achieving Maximum Productivity

July 10th, 2017


Tim Ferriss is, without a doubt, one of my favorite people on the planet. His working goal is centered around providing the public with a constant …

EP 127: Numberbender – A Math YouTuber Dedicated to Perfecting the Flipped Classroom

July 3rd, 2017


Four years ago, Dr. Peter Esperenza sought to do something special with his high school math class. His objective was twofold: make math lessons (1) …

EP 126: Fidget Spinners: Learning Tools or Distractions?

May 11th, 2017


If you have a child of any age, you no doubt have seen, touched, or experienced a “Fidget Spinner.” A fidget spinner is nothing more than a handheld …

EP 125: The Correlation Between Music and Math

April 25th, 2017


I can say this with almost 100% certainty (perhaps 99.9%): if you are a person living on this planet, you enjoy listening to music. You may prefer the dark melodies and heavy guitar riffs of punk rock, or you might …

EP 124: 6 Reasons Why You Should Study for a Math Placement Test

April 17th, 2017


To date, I have worked as a private math tutor, test preparation specialist, 6th grade math teacher, and online video course creator. Part of my duties in these various positions have led me to counsel students who are …

EP 123: Review of the NCTM Annual, one of the largest math education conferences

April 10th, 2017


On April 5th, 2017, I landed in San Antonio, Texas, for the very first time. Sure, I enjoy Tex-Mex, and yes, I was excited to roam the River Walk with the looming possibility of meeting Tony Parker, one of my favorite …

EP 122: Reflection on my Implementation of Self-Paced Learning

April 3rd, 2017


Every teacher must face a tough decision: “do I teach my class at a steady but slow rate to allow for everyone to keep up, or do I plow through the material in order to satisfy the advanced pocket of students while …

EP121: Student roundtable 10 – 6th grade

December 26th, 2016


In this week’s roundtable, Huzefa interviews three students from the class to give their take on the Yosemite trip, talk about the upcoming holidays, …

EP120: Student roundtable 9 – 6th grade

November 19th, 2016


In this week’s student roundtable, Huzefa interviews four students to discuss the recent class trip to Yosemite! Listen in on this ripe conversation about the life altering trip that took place over five days in one of …

EP119: Student roundtable 8 – 6th grade

November 4th, 2016


In this week’s student roundtable, Huzefa interviews “Jamie” and “Emily” to discuss the colorful and action packed week. Including in the discussion …

EP118: Student roundtable 7 – 6th grade

October 28th, 2016


In this week’s student roundtable, Huzefa interviews “Chuck” and “Larry” to highlight their passions regarding 6th grade band and the ocean. Hear all …

EP117: Student roundtable 6 – 6th grade

October 21st, 2016


In this week’s student roundtable, Huzefa interviews “Billy Bob” and “Joe” to highlight their passions regarding working with younger students as well as writing poetry. Hear all about this week’s triumphs as well as …

EP116: Student roundtable 5 – 6th grade

October 14th, 2016


In this week’s student roundtable, Huzefa sits down with “Jessie” and “Emily” to discuss the most recent week of school. Huzefa listens to their …

EP115: Student roundtable 4 – 6th grade

October 7th, 2016


In this week’s student roundtable, Huzefa sits down with “Nymphadora” and “Taylor” to discuss the most recent week of school. Huzefa listens to their …

EP114: NBA Math Hoops – an interactive way to learn math

October 3rd, 2016


Huzefa is joined by Khalil Fuller, CEO of Learn Fresh and creator of NBA Math Hoops, an interactive way to learn math using sports. Khalil talks his …

EP113: Student roundtable 3 – 6th grade

September 30th, 2016


In this week’s student roundtable, Huzefa sits down with “Enrique” to discuss the most recent week of school. Huzefa listens to their favorite and …

EP112: Student roundtable 2 – 6th grade

September 23rd, 2016


In this week’s student roundtable, Huzefa sits down with “Alice” and “Jessie” to discuss the most recent week of school. Huzefa listens to their …

EP111: The benefits of being an early riser

September 21st, 2016


After 35 years of waking up as late as possible, Huzefa finally turned into true morning person that loves waking up early. Join Huzefa as he describes the numerous benefits of waking up early, and moreover, how to …

EP110: Number types – a full explanation

September 19th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa runs through all the various number types that exist. For students and parents who want a quick refreshed on the relationship between number types (real, rational, imaginary, etc.), make sure to …

EP109: Student roundtable – 6th grade

September 17th, 2016


Welcome to the inaugural Student Roundtable episode! Join Huzefa as he sits down to discuss the first week of school with three of his students. …

EP108: Student roundtables – a precursor

September 15th, 2016


Starting tomorrow, Huzefa will interview his students on a weekly basis every Friday. This will be an amazing opportunity for students to voice their …

EP107: Hack Club – a chance to empower high school students through coding

September 14th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa interviews Zach Latta, an education wunderkind leading the charge for kids who are aspiring programmers. Tune into this interview to hear all about an amazing way for kids to be proactive coders …

EP106: Developing emotional stability

September 14th, 2016


In this personal episode, Huzefa shares a life event and how his lengthy journey of self-development prepared him to handle the potentially …

EP105: The importance of social and emotional learning

September 12th, 2016


Huzefa touches on the hugely important area of emotional development called Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Check out this episode to understand precisely what SEL is, why it’s so massively important, and how to …

EP104: Revelations from the first day of school

September 9th, 2016


After beginning his first day as a 6th grade teacher, Huzefa shares some huge insights and revelations he gained about standardized tests and general student concerns.

EP103: An entrepreneurial activity blueprint for parents

September 9th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa shares an awesome article from about a father’s journey to develop an amazing activity for his two daughters who …

EP102: 7 reasons why martial arts is amazing for kids

September 7th, 2016


Schools constantly talk about the importance of exercise and physical activity. Unfortunately, some kids aren’t that into team sports. For those …

EP101: Socratic: homework done in a snap

September 6th, 2016


Huzefa interviews Chris Pedregal, founder of the education company Socratic. After appearing on the Forbes 30 under 30 for pioneers in education, …

EP100: 4 childhood lessons to unlearn

September 5th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa dives into the following four lessons that are worthwhile to unlearn: (1) filter what you say, (2) follow orders without …

EP099: 11 amazing books on writing

September 4th, 2016


Writing is one of the most important skills that must be mastered in life. No matter what you do professionally, you must learn to write clearly and effectively. In this episode, Huzefa shares a list of 11 amazing books …

EP098: How standardized tests hurt education

September 3rd, 2016


Although Huzefa spends a great deal of time training students to succeed on standardized tests like the ISEE, SAT, ACT, and a host of others, he takes a step back this episode to assess whether standardized tests hurt …

EP097: GMAT vs GRE – what should you take for an MBA

September 2nd, 2016


MBA programs have started to take GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores. This change begs the following question: should you take the GRE, GMAT, or both? …

EP096: 19 questions parents should ask their children’s teachers

September 1st, 2016


As the school year gets underway, Huzefa shares 19 thought provoking and conversation sparking questions for parents to get more involved in their …

EP095: Design thinking – a new approach to learning and doing

August 31st, 2016


After completing an amazing workshop about Design Thinking, Huzefa shares everything he learned about this practical and immersive pedagogy. Join Huzefa to hear all about Design Thinking so that you can modify the way …

EP094: The future of education according to the experts

August 30th, 2016


The world of education experts share their thoughts on what a utopian education system of the future should look like. As Huzefa shares information …

EP093: Fantasy Geopolitics: forget the football, let’s start learning

August 29th, 2016


What began as a teacher’s pet project morphed into a successful Kickstarter campaign and eventually an incredible teaching tool. You ever notice how …

EP092: 15 brainy board games to stimulate memory and cognition

August 28th, 2016


Courtesy of, Huzefa shares an awesome list of socially engaging and mentally stimulating board games. If you’re looking for an …

EP091: Three areas where schools fail and how to help your kids

August 27th, 2016


Huzefa shares an article from Psychology Today on three areas of education that schools often have difficulty with: bullying, emotional learning, and …

EP090: Pokemon Go! Should your kids be playing?

August 26th, 2016


Huzefa takes a look at the fad that has swept the world: Pokemon Go! After checking out the game himself and researching the issue robustly, Huzefa offers his opinion on the game and let’s parents know that he’s not a …

EP089: 10 things to do with your kids before the summer ends

August 25th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa shares an article with 10 amazing suggestions for fun and educational activities to do with your kids before the craziness of …

EP088: Making a Murderer: an interview with Brendan Dassey’s Attorney

August 24th, 2016


In this historic episode of the Scalar Learning Podcast, Huzefa interviews Professor Steve Drizin from Northwestern University. Professor Drizin is …

EP087: 30 under 30: Educators

August 23rd, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa runs through the top 30 under 30 education innovators in the EdTech space. Huzefa shares this list from a Forbes Magazine article, noting the most interesting companies to check out along the …

EP086: My first experience integrating Responsive Classroom

August 23rd, 2016


Huzefa recounts his first attempt at using Responsive Classroom techniques during a lecture presented at a self development conference. Hear precisely how the various techniques were integrated, and moreover, how this …

EP085: Top 20 universities for creating millionaires

August 21st, 2016


Huzefa shares an article from Forbes Education that lists the 20 universities world wide that have created the most millionaires. Take a listen to see how your alma matter stacks up, and moreover, how the information …

EP084: Getting ready for school: how to develop an effective morning routine for your kids

August 20th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa shares an article from Frugal mom on the merits of developing an effective morning routine to keep your kids on point when …

EP083: ALEKS: an amazing online math education tool

August 19th, 2016


Huzefa interviews Ray Ramos, a representative from ALEKS, an online math education platform. Ray talks about the inner workings of the platform, how …

EP082: Tips for high school freshmen

August 18th, 2016


As the school year begins, Huzefa speaks to students and parents of students that are about to enter the brand new world of high school. Check out …

EP081: Grit: the power of passion and perserverance

August 17th, 2016


Huzefa shares a synopsis of an amazing self-development and parenting book called “Grit,” written by psychologist and teacher Angela Duckworth. This …

EP080: Responsive classroom: a new approach to teaching

August 16th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa interviews Earl Hunter II, a responsive classroom expert and consultant, explains the ins and outs of this revolutionary …

EP079: Summer reading: tips to get it done with happy faces

August 15th, 2016


As the summer winds down, Huzefa shares tips on how to help motivate your kids to get their summer reading complete before the school year kicks off. …

EP078: 10 books to prime you for success and maximum productivity

August 14th, 2016


After receiving an email from a listener requesting a list of books related to leadership, Huzefa sits down to compile a full collection of all the …

EP077: Back to school supplies: a short list of the essentials

August 13th, 2016


Huzefa shares a quick list of back to school supplies for all students. Tune in to make sure that your child is at the height of preparedness, both …

EP076: Singapore Math with Bill Davidson

August 12th, 2016


Bill Davidson, educator and Singapore Math consultant, joins the show to talk about the ins and outs of the Singapore Math pedagogy. Bill has worked …

EP075: Violence in media: Huzefa shares his thoughts

August 11th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa explains his stance on violence in games and movies, drawing from a recent adventure to the movie theater to watch a …

EP074: 8 reasons why I LOVE being an educator

August 10th, 2016


Join Huzefa as he enumerates his top reasons for loving his life as an educator. See if these reasons resonate with you, and moreover, if there are tidbits of information and insight about education that you can apply …

EP073: Engrams: the way the brain builds memories

August 9th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa shares an amazing article from Scientific American that describes a revolutionary study that unearths the mechanism behind …

EP072: The 50th Law

August 8th, 2016


After reading “The 50th Law,” an incredible self-improvement book by famed author Robert Greene, Huzefa created a book report of sorts to fully …

Why kids tune out their parents: temperament incompatibility with Dr. Nicole Anders

August 7th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa speaks with Dr. Nicole Anders, a psychologist in the Las Vegas area with a special expertise in child psychology. Dr. Anders …

EP070: The International Mathematical Olympiad

August 6th, 2016


In honor of the summer olympics, Huzefa discusses the International Mathematical Olympiad, an annual international competition for students under the …

EP069: Strategies for solving hard math problems

August 5th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa reads from the “Art of Problem Solving” to describe strategies to tackle truly tough and perplexing problems. The information …

EP067: Flipped learning: advice from a seasoned educator

August 3rd, 2016


In this continuation of episode 66, Huzefa discusses the ins and out of flipped learning. He also shares insights from an educator who has now recorded and released over 100 videos for his class as part of his flipped …

EP066: Flipped learning with Professor Sam Otten

August 2nd, 2016


Flipped learning is one of the most talked about trends in education today. It is an amazing way to utilize class time for group activities and real …

EP065: 5 ways to get your kids to listen

August 1st, 2016


Vicki Glembocki recently wrote an article on that offers some amazing tips and insights on how to get kids to stop ignoring and start obeying. The beauty of the article is that the advice is logical, …

EP064: This is your brain on math. Any questions?

July 31st, 2016


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have conducted a study to determine precisely what happens in your brain when processing and solving math …

EP063: Are “mistakes” actually good? Or are you just saying that?

July 30th, 2016


Huzefa revisits the topic from episode 50, and explains precisely why there is a disconnect between the message promoting mistakes and the seemingly …

EP062: Tips for international students applying to U.S. universities

July 29th, 2016


Huzefa shares tips from U.S. News ans Unigo on how to maximize odds for getting to into U.S. colleges as an international student. If you are …

EP061: Quadratic functions: real world applications

July 28th, 2016


On the heels of filming a fun music video about the quadratic formula, Huzefa devotes an entire episode to discussing the real world uses of …

EP060: Math for love

July 27th, 2016


Huzefa is joined by Dan Finkel, a mathematician with a plethora of teaching experience. Dan is also the founder of Math for Love, an education …

EP059: Why “making” is the key to learning

July 26th, 2016


Huzefa shares and discusses and article from Edutopia about why the process of creation is so important to learning. Following on the heels of …

EP058: Makerspaces: an interactive approach to learning

July 25th, 2016


Huzefa explores the revolutionary and popular approach to learning called Makerspaces, a centralized location for students to collaborate, design, …

EP057: Singapore math – a superb elementary pedagogy

July 24th, 2016


Huzefa dives into an amazing methodology for math instruction called Singapore math. After using the curriculum himself for half a year and then …

EP056: TeacherCast’s Jeff Bradbury on technology and education

July 23rd, 2016


In this information packed episode, Huzefa is joined by education enthusiast and famed podcaster Jeffrey Bradbury, host of the top rated education …

EP055: ISEE vocabulary development

July 22nd, 2016


Vocabulary is a major component of the ISEE, and in particular is tested directly on the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. In this episode, …

EP054: Birth of a theorem: part 1

July 21st, 2016


This episode explores the Fields Medal, a prize that has been dubbed the Nobel Prize of mathematics. In particular, Huzefa discusses a recently …

EP053: The science of faster learning

July 20th, 2016


Huzefa parses and analyzes an amazing article by Zane Claes, author the Skill Cook Book blog and software engineer at Airbnb. Zane reviews a number …

EP052: 6 core tips for law school success

July 19th, 2016


While in the midst of lecturing for a Law Preview course, Huzefa offers his 6 tips on how to suceed during the first year of law school. Drawing from …

EP051: Fashion and mathematics: sitting down with interim CEO of Gilt Group Japan

July 18th, 2016


Huzefa is joined by Jonathan Venuto, the COO and interim CEO of Gilt Japan. Jonathan describes his career path after Harvard Business School, …

EP050: Mistakes are great! 7 reasons why you should embrace them

July 17th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa discusses precisely why we have a cultural aversion to making mistakes that can be unintentionally restrictive and mentally …

EP049: A cup of English

July 16th, 2016


This episode features the Anna Riggan, the creator of the top rated education podcast “A cup of English.” Anna is a former high school and college …

EP048: Math jeopardy! An interactive experience

July 15th, 2016


While teaching math to a 4th grade class, Huzefa decided to use the Jeopardy game to excite his kids and engender a bit of enthusiasm about math. What he saw was astounding. The kids were extremely engaged during the …

EP047: 31 Must know formulas for the ACT

July 14th, 2016


There are a number of formulas that are absolutely essential to success on the math portion of the ACT. It is, however, not only important to …

EP046: Flocabulary – learning with music

July 13th, 2016


This episode features Ike Ramos from the revolutionary education company Flocabulary. Ike Ramos is both a District Sales Manager and Artist at …

Ep045: Why student blogging matters

July 12th, 2016


Student blogging is a widespread trend in schools across America. It is a fantastic way for kids to get more engaged in the writing process as well …

EP044: 7 reasons why schools reject applicants

July 11th, 2016


Join Huzefa as he discusses the top 7 reasons why schools will reject applicants. This discussion has relevance to students applying to private …

EP043: 8 reasons why water is important

July 10th, 2016


Huzefa discusses the importance of drinking plenty of water each day, and moreover, the dangers of being dehydrated. Huzefa also shares precisely how …

EP042: Is coffee good for studying?

July 9th, 2016


After taking a break from coffee himself, Huzefa shares his thoughts along with two articles on the pros and cons of coffee. One article espouses 7 benefits of drinking coffee, while the other provides 10 negative …

EP041: Gamification: pros and cons

July 8th, 2016


Huzefa discusses the new trend of the gamification of education across all subjects and topics. He shares from several articles on edublogger to provide a thorough and well rounded perspective about the pros and cons of …

EP040: Magoosh on the new SAT

July 7th, 2016


Huzefa is joined by Chris Lele, a GRE and SAT expert for the revolutionary standardized test prep company called Magoosh. Chris discusses all of the …

EP039: Poker and mathematics

July 6th, 2016


Huzefa is joined by Tsubasa Manabe, a former professional poker player who has been in some of the highest stakes online poker games in the history of the sport. Tsubasa shares his journey into the poker world as well …

EP038: 6 tips for low GPAs

July 5th, 2016


Huzefa shares an article from Magoosh on how to boost a high school student’s chances for college admission when dealing with a low GPA. He discusses …

EP037: The ISEE: FAQs

July 4th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa explains the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) and talks about how you can register, what it costs, and what to expect …

EP036: What is IQ?

July 3rd, 2016


Join Huzefa as he explains precisely what IQ, or intelligence quotient, actually measures and why it’s an effective predictor for academic and economic success. Finally, Huzefa goes through the 10 people alive today …

EP035: How to build a child’s vocabulary

July 2nd, 2016


Vocabulary is important for reading, writing, and standardized test prep. When viewed the right way, it can be a fun and engaging activity. Join …

EP034: The Monty Hall problem

July 1st, 2016


The Monty Hall problem is a famous paradoxical question that references the popular gameshow called “Let’s Make a Deal.” It has been the subject of …

EP033: 10 awesome apps for math fluency

June 30th, 2016


Huzefa shares 10 apps to help kids grow their math fluency in a fun way. Monica Burns, founder of, has written an excellent article on the topic that Huzefa parses on the show. Check out these …

EP032: The value of continued education for adults and kids

June 29th, 2016


Jane Davidson, founder of “How Do I Begin,” joins the show to discuss her adult education focused company. Jane is dedicated to bringing information …

EP031: Tackling tough math questions

June 28th, 2016


So what do you do when panic strikes and your mind draws a blank? How do you re-center yourself and charge forward with ferocity and confidence? What you do is this: write everything down from the problem. This is the …

EP030: The power of willpower

June 27th, 2016


So how can willpower be developed? How can students engineer a perfect level of self-control and discipline? Just like actual muscle fibers, …

EP029 : 35 websites for free educational videos

June 26th, 2016


Huzefa provides a thorough list of 35 awesome resources for students to find amazing and free educational videos. To check out the websites yourself, read the article posted below:

35 Sources for Curated Educational …

EP028: Piloting and mathematics

June 25th, 2016


Huzefa is joined by Gabriel, a pilot for a major commercial airline. Gabriel explains why math is so important for his day to day work as will as his future ambition to become a commercial astronaut.

EP027: Time management for young kids

June 24th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa offers five tips to help teach young kids how to manage time effectively. Admittedly, time management gets easier with age, but there are concrete steps that parents can take to help young kids …

EP026: Mechanical engineering and mathematics

June 23rd, 2016


On this special episode, Huzefa is joined by his dad to talk about mechanical engineering and its strong connection with math. If your child has an interest in engineering, this is an information packed episode.

EP025: Project based learning

June 22nd, 2016


Andrew K Miller joins the show to talk about project based learning, a revolutionary pedagogy that puts projects and inquiry based learning at the …

EP024: Music and academics

June 21st, 2016


Music and academics go hand in hand. Join Huzefa for this episode as he explains precisely why music education is a key part of a well rounded education, and moreover, how music immersion can shape brain structure for …

EP023: Athletics and academics

June 20th, 2016


Athletic participation can have a huge positive impact on academic performance. Huzefa parses precisely why athletics are so good for academic participation, and moreover, how to be supportive regarding athletics. …

EP022: Top 10 math resources to inspire young minds

June 19th, 2016


In this episode, Huzefa describes 10 awesome resources that are intended to get your kids excited about math. The resources are all free, and will …

EP021: Taking the new SAT – my personal experience taking the SAT on May 6, 2016

June 18th, 2016


In order to get an authentic and sincere feel for the revamped and redesigned SAT, I personally took a real life SAT in May of 2016. To hear about my experience with the test (as well as to hear my score), check out …

EP020: Wired Child – the potential perils of video games

June 17th, 2016


Dr. Richard Freed, author of the book “Wired Child,” joins the show to discuss his concerns regarding video game use for young children. Dr. Freed …

EP019: Corporate law and mathematics: how math ties into the management of mergers and acquisitions

June 16th, 2016


Northwestern University School of Law graduate Michael Saliba joins the show to discuss his career as a corporate attorney. Michael explains how he …

EP018: Product development and mathematics: Samir Kumar, senior director of product management at Qualcomm, discusses life on the job and the various ways that math is used

June 15th, 2016


Samir has worked in the technology sector since 2000, when he was employed by Microsoft as a technology specialist. Since then, he has worked for …

EP017: Arbitrage trading and mathematics: former trader Jasper Ribbers discusses the ins and outs of arbitrage trading and the requisite math

June 14th, 2016


If the idea of trading commodities and currencies interests you, check out this episode. Former arbitrage trade Jasper Ribbers describes the life of a trader after working for one of the best trading firms in the world …

EP016: The habit of reading: why it’s important and how to develop it

June 13th, 2016


Of all the important academic exercises, none are as critical to your success as routine reading. Throughout your education, teachers will assign mounds of textbook reading in social studies, English, the sciences, and …

EP015: ACT math – hear the frequency based breakdown of 31 math categories tested on the ACT

June 12th, 2016


After researching and analyzing dozens of official ACT tests, Huzefa developed a test preparation strategy revolving around targeted focus of …

EP014: Data science and mathematics: data scientist Dr. Michael Housman explains why math is integral to data analysis and interpretation

June 11th, 2016


If you enjoy books like Freakonomics, this episode is for you! Dr. Michael Housman joins the show to discuss his work in the data science industry, and how he has made astonishing discoveries about human behavior by …

EP013: Teaching young kids: 5 tips to keep elementary school children engaged and enthusiastic

June 10th, 2016


Teaching high school students is very straightforward. Kids in their mid to late teens are often focused and self-motivated to learn and perform. …

EP012: Construction and mathematics: hear the owner of Valdivia Construction talk about math in the workplace

June 9th, 2016


Working in the construction industry requires a lot of foresight, hands on knowledge, and most importantly, math fluency. Timothy Bemus, co-owner of Valdivia Construction, explains precisely why fractions, arithmetic, …

EP011: Finding an ideal math tutor: 6 things to consider

June 8th, 2016


Finding an excellent tutor can make a tremendous impact on a child’s ability to succeed academically. Parsing material after school with a guiding …

EP010: The new SAT – understand the ins and outs of the redesigned math section

June 7th, 2016


The College Board recently redesigned the SAT from top to bottom. After analyzing the test in great detail, I will share the major changes to the …

EP009: Teach your kids effectively: 7 tips for parents trying to help with homework

June 6th, 2016


Asking parents for help can be a difficult undertaking for kids. It can make them feel embarassed or unsuccessful, and these feelings can be …

EP008: Identifying your child’s learning style to enhance comprehension

June 5th, 2016


There are seven distinct learning styles to be aware of: (1) interpersonal, (2) intrapersonal, (3) verbal, (4) logical, (5) visual, (6) auditory, and (7) kinesthetic. Math comprehension can vary wildly depending on …

EP007: The night before a big test: how to calm your mind and optimize your performance

June 4th, 2016


Hear Huzefa’s play by play for the night before a big test like the SAT, ACT, LSAT, and so on. He covers everything from what you should eat, what …

EP006: Grammar and writing tools: Alex Munchak of Edge Tutoring shares her recommendations

June 3rd, 2016


Alex Munchak, a teacher, private tutor, and education enthusiast joins the show to give parents and teachers alike amazing information on the best …

EP005: Video games and mathematics: an interview with the founder of Activision, Howard Marks

June 2nd, 2016


Learn how mathematics is intricately connected to video game design and development. Howard Marks, the founder of Activision, joins the show to talk about why math knowledge is so fundamental to building video games. …

EP004: Math anxiety: what it is and how to overcome it

June 1st, 2016


While it may sound bizarre and made up, math anxiety is an actual condition that is quite common amongst students. It is similar to other sorts of anxiety or fear a person might encounter when doing something that is …

EP003: Succeeding with dyslexia: a student’s perspective

June 1st, 2016


Join Huzefa as he chats with Aris, one of his most dedicated pupils from Northern California. Aris candidly discusses his journey as a student with dyslexia, explaining how he eventually overcame his learning difference …

EP002: The Importance of Mental Math

June 1st, 2016


Need to carry out some quick arithmetic to figure out how much money you owe your buddy? Pull out your phone and type away. It’s that simple. So why …

EP001: Meet Huzefa, the founder of Scalar Learning

June 1st, 2016


Huzefa is the founder of Scalar Learning. He is an education specialist, an online curriculum developer, a teacher, and a private tutor.

After high …

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