Have you chosen the best math tuition centre for your child?

Concerned parents all have the similar thoughts. “We need a good tutor for our child, or this will not help them to improve their grades.” Evidently, most students in Singapore, has in one way or another, been coached by a tuition teacher at some point in time in their lives. Research shows that Singapore spends around $1 billion a year on tuition. Varieties of math tuition centre have been available island-wide, from student tutor, to peer tutoring; from class tuition to even 1-to-1 tuition. Each variety has different effectiveness in helping your child attain academic goals. So how do you know if you have decided on the suitable design? Researchers found out that students learn better when they can discuss thoughts together. Not exclusive to the best method that your child can cope. Perhaps your child does it best in a 1-1 scenario, however trying out mathematics tuition with a class size from (5-8 students) in total is a good starting reference.  The number of students is manageable, each student gets sufficient time and attention for them to clarify and ask questions, especially pertaining to those schoolwork that they are struggling to cope with. At Bright-Math, we tailor our math classes at that recommended size. Sometimes we would even schedule a 1-to-1 help for your child if there are indications that your child requires such help. The next important consideration is to choose the tutors with great number of mentoring experience. Learn more about the tutors; understand their dedication and their expertise in the subject.  For instance, our tutors at Bright-Math are carefully selected. Each of them is accredited,...

Changes to Math syllabus and how you can help your child prepare better for PSLE

Since 2016, it has been announced by the Ministry of Education, that there will be alterations to the mathematics syllabus for primary school students. Those enrolled as of 2013 would have been affected, that means students from primary 4 onwards should experience a slight change to the contents they learn. Ministry of Education always reviews the syllabus every 5-6 years to maintain the relevance and quality of education for Singapore students. The recent changes are that the students will now face more questions that are similar to real life scenarios. Students will face more practical questions, and the teachers will be using more day-to-day realistic scenarios as examples to teach the students. The focus has changed in recent times, and education is evolving. What used to be conceptual learning in the past seems irrelevant if the student do not know the application behind the skills they learn. The new changes help to promote competency. That is also the reason why the model of Singapore education system is sought after by western countries. Students are also tasked with solving questions with the use of technology. There will be interactive online games to help students understand multiplications and divisions, and learn to structure mathematical models. Some of the changes to the syllabus include the following: Primary 3 students are required to understand and construct parallel and perpendicular lines Primary 4 students will learn grid drawings, and shape orientations. Tessellations are removed from the course. Primary 5 students will learn multiplications of fractions to the whole numbers. Divisions of fractions will be taken out of the syllabus. 3D drawings will be introduced....

How can a primary school student learn algebra better?

It is not surprising that in Singapore, the educational system for mathematics prioritizes in helping students to build a strong foundation as early as primary school. Constant practices are emphasized to understand the syllabus better, in order for them to master the subject and use it to their advantage in higher studies and for career purposes. Singapore approach to mathematics has drawn a lot of praises from countries overseas.  The concept is to understand fundamentals in primary educations. Examples include timetables, addition, subtraction and model illustration. Local teachers found that illustrative learning boost student’s motivation and willingness to engage in lessons. This brings me to another more important point. Students when they further studies to secondary education, often the first problem they deal with is calculus. It can be very daunting, when there are numerals and alphabets all mixed into an expression.  In most schools, students are expected to understand the concepts fairly quickly, and use those methods to solve equations and problems. When students experienced questions like the following: Mr Tan is 30 years older than his daughter. In 10 years time, his daughter will be 1/3 his age. His daughter is x years old now. What is x? Most students when first encountering such calculus questions would be baffled. The added pressure is when they have to complete it with minimal calculus understanding, it can be very difficult.  However, such questions can be tackled with the model approach. The following solution is as follow: If the daughter is 1/3 his age, which means 2/3 would equal 30. So the daughter would be 15-10 = 5 years old...

5 reasons why having a math tutor is awesome

Recent reports have shown that having a mathematics tutor helps the student improve by a grade. Sometimes when a student struggles with his school work, it is beneficial to approach a math tutor.  As a parent, it is often not easy to tell if your child requires that extra support. Signs such as your child lagging behind in lessons, getting bad grades, feeling stressed out with their examinations and tests and other aspects of learning are all signs that your child needs the extra helping hand to guide them. The benefits of having a math tutor are of the following: 1) Study at a comfortable pace One of the reasons why your child suffers in school is because often the math teachers rushed through the syllabus in order to finish it.  One of the biggest benefits of having a math tutor is that the students are mentored at a pace where they can understand and absorb information better.  They have more liberty of in learning things at their own discretion, and may even ask specific questions that are often neglected by school teachers 2) One to one attention A classroom is usually packed with around 30 students. Sometimes, it is difficult for the school teachers to attend to every student who needs help.  With a mathematics tutor, rest assured your child will not face their troubles alone.  At Bright-Maths, our tutors are available to answer questions that the students have, and most topics are revised over time to refresh learning.  The classes are also tailored at a comfortable numbers, and the tutors will get to know your child’s individual...

Learning Mathematics Through Mastery Of Concepts

What better ways are there lo learn mathematics as one goes higher in education? We can learn a subject through many ways, but the technique suitable for anyone depends on their learning style. However, there are two specific ways to learning any subject,  regardless of learning style. The first one is memory technique. This learning method deals with remembering details and facts and recalling them when needed. The second technique focuses on understanding the basic concepts of the principles and facts. It is the “how” and “why” versus the “what”. Both techniques have their own benefits and disbenefits. The method to use depends on the complexity of the subject matter and your educational level. However, in mathematics especially, combining both are necessary to attain the best possible results. The amount of mathematical concept and facts to be learned for elementary mathematics level are limited and only acts as the basis for higher levels of mathematics learning. Memory method of learning may be manageable and acceptable at the basic level. But how can this method be maintained as one climbs the ladder of studying mathematics? The learning taxonomy at higher levels of mathematics studying goes into the application level and further. Mastery of concepts becomes an essential factor in studying and solving complex mathematical problems. More detailed concepts are integrated into mathematical expressions and equations. Pure memory alone won’t be able to decipher the true meaning of these expressions and equations. Some other mathematical tools may be needed to solve mathematics problems. Pure memory method of learning mathematics has been rendered unacceptable by this combination of concepts and solving methods....