Math is important. Without numbers, we would have no way of communicating or making sense of the world around us. This is especially relevant in the world of finance, where the ability to calculate risk and make rational decisions is essential. Despite this, there is no denying that maths can be a little bit daunting. It's not uncommon for your child to experience anxiety when confronted with numbers that seem to appear out of nowhere or when trying to work through a problem that requires deep thought.
If you're looking for a way to bring some fun into your child’s maths learning, you've come to the right place. The following guide will introduce you to a number of tips and tricks for making maths less intimidating and more accessible, all while having fun with maths.
Experiment With Engagement
One of the most effective ways of improving your child’s mental maths skills is to simply get involved in the exercise. By experimenting with different methods of calculation and trying out various techniques, they'll begin to develop your powers of reasoning and your ability to perceive patterns and make accurate connections. So, encourage them to do some calculations by hand. This will also help you discover any patterns that they might have otherwise missed and allow them to apply what they've learned in different situations.
Review, Review, Review
It's important to continually review what they've learned and be reminded of how much they know. This is where a lot of people go wrong; they think that once they've completed their studies, they'll automatically recall all of the information without having to review it first. However, this is not the case and constant review is essential for keeping their skills up to date and for improving upon what they already know. This way, they'll ensure that you master the material and that they're not wasting any time on ineffective memorisation. In order to do this, they need to make sure that whatever method they use to study, they fully understand the concept behind it and are able to apply it to other situations.
Here at Terry Chew Academy (TCA), our Maths Programme is structured for students to learn and develop each Maths concept in depth. This is done through each lesson focusing on a specific concept while building on old concepts with newly learnt concepts to solve problems. It is important that topics are revised at the right times to retain their knowledge and to sieve out and to address any conceptual gaps. The lesson materials equip the student to master complex Maths concepts with our target curriculum and to prepare them for upcoming examinations.
TCA has developed simple yet powerful tools to help students solve problem sums with greater speed and accuracy. Throughout our training, students are equipped with content mastery, problem-solving strategies and tools that enable them to simplify complicated problems and make them less prone to careless mistakes. To ensure that students are fully prepared for examinations, we conduct Exam Simulations and Peak Performance Trainings to help them be less nervous as well as to perform well during the stressful exam situation.
TCA lessons are conducted according to a specially crafted curriculum aligned with the latest syllabus set by Singapore’s Ministry of Education. TCA math tutors are specially trained to help students develop Critical Thinking in Mathematical Problem-Solving. Critical Thinking focuses on making connections and thinking outside the box, and is an important part of MOE's 21st Century Core Competencies. Students are trained with our research-backed training process to ace in their important examination by exposing them to tricky and complex cross-topic and unseen problems that are commonly found in examinations.
At Terry Chew Academy, we offer programs from Primary 4 through Secondary 4. Our lessons are updated with the latest school Maths syllabus to ensure ample practice and reinforcement of concepts. TCA mathematics tutors are knowledgeable about the latest school Maths syllabus to help your child and boost their confidence in mathematics. Looking for help in your child’s secondary school mathematics? Come meet the team at Terry Chew Academy to find out how we can help.