1What is the difference between Math tuition and Math coaching?

Most traditional Math tuition focuses on the content and topics. This explains why the children are given many worksheets which add to their stress.

Math coaching focuses on sharing study smart strategies with the children, and getting them to learn problem sums concepts rather than content. In the end, children do less homework because they already have a greater and deeper level of understanding, and their interest in the subject goes up.

2How are your classes different from other places?

Children who mastered our processes and skillsets are able to do Math by themselves without being told to. Many of our parents have told us that their kids no longer need Math tuition when they enter secondary school, because Math has already become one of their favorite subjects.

We are not like most other tuition centres. We focus more on motivational learning and imparting life skills to children so they can continue to be less reliant on external help in the future.

3How quickly will my child see results?

Every child improves at different rate. Those children who are open to learning our method have shown greater interest in learning Math and doing their Math work without being told to. Some of our students who diligently followed our methodology and put in consistent effort have jumped up a few grades within few short months.

4What is our Math coaching programme about?

Our Math programme is a coaching programme. Our programme focuses on helping children develop interest in learning Math by providing concept-based learning. We work with your child on helping him to improve his Math content, strengthen his problem sums concepts, and learn important skillsets required to solve problem sums and other exam questions.

Our programme is so child-centred and unique that we have been interviewed by international news network like CCTV News (中国中央电视台). You may have also seen us being featured in local medias like ‘The New Paper’, ‘My Paper (我报)’, ‘Lianhe Wanbao (联合晚报)’ and ‘The Asian Parents’. Even BBC World TV contacted us for an interview in Jan 2015.

To support our parents, we also conduct regular Math Workshops to share with our parents some useful techniques for teaching their children.

5How is your coaching programme different from other normal Math tuition?

Most conventional tutors or tuition centres only focus on helping children improve their content knowledge. Topics are basically always covered. Concepts and skills are not really taught. However, from our over 10 years of experience working with children, children find it very challenging to apply what they have learnt.

To start improving in math, your child must learn application skills which can help him effectively apply what he has learnt during normal revision and score well in exams. This is why we coach your child in all 3 areas – content, concepts and skills.

6Does your programme follow the school syllabus?

Yes. We also work with your child in filling his knowledge gap. This means helping him to relearn what he knows as well as what he doesn’t know he needs to know. The reason is, to help your child start improving, we need to work with him on strengthening his foundation and improving both his math content and concepts.

When we cover the topics, we will be teaching your child smart techniques in solving them. For example, division of fractions can be easily done using the ‘KCF’ technique. And solving of problem sums testing your child topical content can be solved using the ‘S’ technique.

7My child is not doing well in Paper 2 (Problem Sums). How will your programme help?

The main reason that most children struggle in Paper 2 (and also other problem sums) is that they lack the skills in understanding the 12 problem sums types/ concepts and applying what they have learnt. They also lack the skills in identifying the different question types.

There are a total of 7 process skills to be learnt as there are over 12 types of questions. For example, most children do not know the existence of “same difference” concept and “remainder” concept.

Or, they can’t differentiate “simultaneous” concept with “guess and check”.

Most children are still solving “guess and check” question using tables and spending 10 minutes, when in fact, they could have solved the same question within 1 to 2 minutes using the 4-step Assumption Method.

The aim of our programme is to help your children learn and master these concepts and skills so that they can better manage the questions and get the marks they deserve.

8How will the first paid trial lesson be like?

There are 2 parts. First, your child will be introduced techniques on how to identify concepts and types of questions. This is so that he can start learning the smarter way of learning and managing problem sums.

The second part will be on assessing him on the 5 skillsets required to solve problem sums.

9What is the class size?

The ratio is 1 coach to maximum of 10 students (most are 6-8 students per class).

Regular tuition centres have 10-14 students, or even more!

10What is the class like?

The class may be a mix of different levels as everyone is doing self-paced learning. This means that we coach your child to learn what he needs then and provides him what he needs to move on to the next level.

For example, a P5 student may need help in understanding problem sums concepts (academic related challenge) but another P5 student may need confidence building because he has history of exam anxiety (emotion related challenge).

So the techniques and methods to help them won’t be the same as both P5s have different needs.