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The Math Academy

At The Math Academy (TMA), we aspire for students to build strong confidence in their arithmetic and mathematical abilities while they face roadblocks with a positive mindset. Mathematics is not just a set of rules and procedures; it is a dynamic and beautiful field that goes beyond rote memorization. With critical thinking and problem-solving skills, enhanced in our INTAP classes, we aim to instil a strong conceptual foundation essential to excel. Our trainers see themselves as a guide and mentor, facilitating students’ exploration of heuristic Math concepts in relation to the latest MOE Syllabus. To inspire students to develop a lifelong appreciation for the subject, it must be through discovery of mathematical relevancy in everyday life. This approach not only enhances understanding but also encourages students to see the practical implications of what they are learning.

Our Winning Formula

Our unique Pedagogy – ‘J.C.U’, helps students understand the semantics of mathematical content (Juice), select the most accurate concepts to apply (Choose) and follow the method or steps in relation to the concept chosen (Use).

Student Engagement

Our certified TMA Trainers engage with students using a variety of fun and interactive activities to inculcate the right learning attitude and mindset. There will be brain stimulating questions and dialogues equipped with arithmetic tools and mathematical games to fully benefit the students. To achieve sustainable heuristic process, we believe that our students must be motivated to discover the learning for themselves.

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1. Find the JUICE of the content or question.
2. CHOOSE the most appropriate concept or formula to apply.
3. USE effective problem-solving method, in relation to the chosen concept, to get the correct answer in the shortest possible time.

THE BRAIN ACADEMIA’S MATH ENRICHMENT PROGRAM IN SINGAPORE NOT ONLY HELPS STUDENTS STRENGTHEN THEIR FOUNDATION IN MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS, BUT ALSO COGNITIVE SKILLS SUCH AS CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM-SOLVING AND SPATIAL REPRESENTATION.

Three main skills needed to do well in math:

SEMANTIC SKILLS

The ability to recall words, meanings, and concepts via the use of language and verbal abilities is known as semantic skills. Having weak semantic skills will display a high error rate or a fluctuating (typically slow) retrieval rate while trying to retrieve arithmetic facts. It may be due to reading or language processing disability.

PROCEDURAL SKILLS

The application of methods and tactics to solve mathematical problems is referred to as procedural skills. People with this type of disability exhibit developmentally immature numerical problem-solving strategies, struggle to execute procedures precisely and to sequence steps in a procedure. The ability to recognize patterns, distinguish between similarities and differences, and carry out a routine series of steps in a procedure are all directly related to underlying cognitive abilities, such as working memory, logic and reasoning, sequential visual or auditory memory, and, of course, attention skills.

VISUAL-SPATIAL SKILLS

There are a variety of difficulties in this area, such as misaligning numbers in multi-column arithmetic, flipping or rearranging numbers, and misinterpreting numbers that are spatially represented (e.g. exponents). Other instances of math difficulties of the visual-spatial subtype include the ability to interpret graphs and charts and comprehend the representations of geometric figures. These specialized math-related skills are built on the foundational cognitive abilities of directionality, visualization, timing/rhythm, and visual-spatial memory.

Spatial Memory

This refers to our capacity to recall our position in space and our relationship to other items there.

Visualization

Our grasp of the problem is greatly aided by our ability to visualize the issue or potential solutions. Our ability to visualize is extremely helpful when learning about transformations in geometry, for example, understanding the differences between a rotation (turning an object around a point), a translation (moving an item along a straight line) and a reflection (mirror image).

Working Memory

Working memory refers to our capacity to modify information while holding it in our thoughts. Reading comprehension, math proficiency, and many other academic and non-academic outcomes are all closely tied to working memory capacity. The simplest arithmetic operations (such as maintaining track of which applications are in the basket after we’ve numbered them all) benefit from working memory.

Directionality

Directionality pertains to or shows a spatial direction. It is useful for tying shoes, reading maps and charts, and performing plays in football and basketball

Sequential Processing

Sequences are the foundation of counting and steps. In order to solve a problem, we must follow a set of steps as we manipulate and calculate. The idea of order of operations is shown by the different outcomes that follow from (6 + 5) X 2 and from 6 + (5 X 2).

Selective Attention

When we have good selective attention, we can more readily separate the important details from the unimportant ones in a complex problem and focus our attention on them.

If Mary, who is wearing a red dress, is 3 years older than John, who is wearing a blue shirt & jeans and just celebrated his 10th birthday, we don’t need to know the color of their clothes to determine how old Mary is. Finding important information is vital for solving the problem sum.

Planning

When we evaluate different approaches to an issue, plan out the steps in advance, and then execute them quickly and precisely, we are demonstrating good planning.

Reasoning

Because math is logical, it will test our ability to reason. We must identify patterns, evaluate cause and effect, test hypotheses, and decide whether to include or exclude elements from sets as we learn to explain how we draw conclusions (deductively or inferentially).

LEARNING SKILL DEFINITION BEHAVIORAL CONSEQUENCES OF ABILITY WEAKNESS
Comprehension of numerical progressions
Poor mastery of basic arithmetic facts.
Selecting correct numerical processes
Difficulty in making decisions about numerical processes.
Application of numerical facts
Difficulty with arithmetic problem solving.
Auditory attending and concentration
Forgets verbal instructions. Inattentive in lectures.
Auditory sequencing
Cannot hold material, presented auditorily, in mind while processing.
Conceptualizing arithmetic processes
Difficulty with “thought” problems involving different numerical concepts. Difficulty understanding and using “set” concepts
LEARNING SKILL DEFINITION BEHAVIORAL CONSEQUENCES OF ABILITY WEAKNESS
Constancy of objects in space (Piaget)
Difficulty “seeing” interrelationships, especially spatial.
Spatial conservation (Piaget)
Difficulty “seeing” things in different perspective, especially figures in space.
Spatial relations
Difficulty identifying relationships of figures in a spatial context.
Comprehension of abstract relations
Difficulty holding in mind unconnected facts until needed for solution; the facts are unconnected until the implication is made.
Form reasoning and logic
Difficulty with “thought” problems. Difficulty with introduction of new relations in system.
Math vocabulary
Difficulty in relating math concepts.
Math word problems
Difficulty in semantic processing of words to math equations.

SIn order to develop the skills mentioned above, a Math enrichment class would be incredibly beneficial. Here at The Brain Academia, we are committed to helping your child reach their fullest potential with our Mathematics enrichment program in Singapore.

Each math enrichment class has a maximum capacity of only 6 students, so as to ensure that every student receives the attention and guidance they need.

Curriculum : We follow the MOE’s Mathematics syllabus closely and update our materials accordingly annually.

Levels : Preschool  Primary School ( Pri 1 to Pri 6 )  Secondary School ( Sec 1 to Sec 5)

Duration : 2 hrs each week.

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Why The Math Academy for your child?

  1.  Prepares students for Primary 1 through to performing in PSLE. Achieving “A” is certainly not far-fetched with TMA. 
  2. Winning formula of enhancing cognitive skills needed to discover mathematical concepts and gaining mastery in using the correct methods or steps.
  3. Fun approach towards building confidence & motivation during the heuristic process.
  4. Math syllabus is 100% aligned to the MOE in Singapore and taught in application to real world situations for students to understand the purpose behind their learning.
  5. Small classes with personalized teaching to help students see beyond the equations and appreciate the creativity inherent in Math.