Our minds are wired in such a way that it automatically weeds out information believed to be irrelevant. When students cannot see the relevance in what they’re learning, they often become disengaged, lose interest and will perform poorly on their tests. We engage our students not just through building a strong connection but also through teaching methods which focus on understanding, relevance and proper application – i.e. ‘doing it right’. Once students see the relevance and understand the concept, an intrinsic interest/curiosity will naturally follow. And knowing that they are ‘doing it right’ is quite satisfying too – well, you have to admit that feeling of happiness when you solve a difficult maths problem.