We had the good fortune of connecting with Yohan Serrant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yohan, how does your business help the community?
As often as I hear “Everything is math.” or “Math is the language of the universe.” I have found a woeful lack of people who actually feel comfortable with the subject. All it really takes is one bad math teacher to throw a student off the course of their higher potential. While I provide a simple service, the real core of it is addressing people’s anxieties and the emotional side of math that many people don’t talk about. Arithmetic and all the tools you really need to understand math come by about 5th grade, but as certain concepts turn more complex, people become more concerned with making a mistake. When it comes to helping the community or the world, I see no better opportunity than now to help people learn better problem solving skills, as we see a myriad of issues that are bombarding us right now. Math isn’t just about numbers. It’s about confidence, logic, curiosity, and perseverance. These are important for better mental development, and the more people get together with those core values in tact, there’s no limit to the potential of greatness that can be achieved.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have worked as a tutor since my freshman year of college. I always looked at it as a side gig for extra money. I never thought I would be a career, as I struggled through math up to that point. Once I saw the weight of fear and confusion lifted from the students I helped, I became more and more curious as to why math teaching had become such a stale and unchanged territory. During the pandemic I found myself getting more referrals, and I saw such a massive scale of math anxiety in our culture in the past decade that I felt it was time to remedy it. The biggest lesson I learned is that when a vision becomes clear, every thing else falls in to place quite easily. Figuring out the communication of my brand was the hardest part, and some of it I am still working on. What I want the world to know is: Math skills are not some innate genetic talent. It is a process of thinking that anyone can learn, and math is also tied to culture, just like language, food, clothing, music, dance, etc. The thought processes behind math are NOT always universal. Just think: at one point in human history there was no concept of “zero”!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I’m not a math teacher, I am also a DJ. So wherever I’m DJing with my friends, that’s the place to be! But in all seriousness I would say to visit My Two Cents for great food, Stuff I Eat if you are vegan, and Katsuya in Hollywood if you like sushi. There’s a few other spots I will not name because those are a secret and you have to be someone I care about to know! You can’t go wrong with Dockweiler Beach. I’m still exploring much of Los Angeles, but lots of spots I keep secret.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank Ryan Spence for his design and branding expertise, as he saw my vision and designed my website and social media presence and branding. I would like to thank my good friend Lillani Moran for the referral to the Shoutout series! And to all my former teachers, students (past and present), and friends who have supported me.