At Mathnasium, we believe a solid math foundation determines the future success of your child on the subject.
We also understand the challenges of parents and teachers dealing with children’s complicated emotions and obstacles while experiencing success and failure learning math.
At the beginning of a young mind experiencing math, it is most critical for parents and teachers to make the subject interesting and easily understood to allow small success while creating positive experiences in every step of the learning process.
The key during this stage of math learning is to put away anxiety and invoke interest instead of focusing on children’s ability to score in math tests.
Students will be evaluated through a deliberated Mathnasium verbal and written skills assessment according to their math age (which may vary from their school age). A customised learning plan will be created to help each student to close the learning gap that is unique to each of them. This usually happens to children aged 6 to 9, the age during which the math foundation is built.
We then teach children in an orderly and interest-provoking manner to inspire children’s logical thinking, build mental structure and create real understanding of fundamental number systems in preparation for more complicated computational and problem solving math when moving forward.
As they progress, students will get comfortable with numbers and establish a special relationship with them. Our objective is for them to accurately and effortlessly recall addition and subtraction facts, without finger-assisted counting — we call this Numerical Fluency. Meanwhile, we will slowly progress them towards painless learning of multiplication facts, without memorising them.
These are essential skills and assets for children at lower primary school grades. The numerical fluency provides them with self esteem and confidence in their day-to-day encounters with Math, be it in schools or other daily activities. Scoring in tests is a welcome side benefit to numerical fluency.
Students achieve numerical fluency in a stress-free, encouraging and positive learning environment without drilling or large amounts of practice homework. This provides space for children to develop a natural sense of numbers.
The Mathnasium Pre-Algebra program helps students to master computation and solving math problems with rational numbers, for instance, fractions, decimals, and percentages, as part of the process towards building algebra readiness.
Basic math concepts and skills are blended into the program. This quadrant of math learning creates a solid mathematical foundation for future math progression to algebra II, geometry, trigo-nometry, and pre-calculus.
This is the typical program for children aged 9 to 12, or earlier if they have already mastered Mathnasium foundational math.
Children are evaluated with a unique Mathnasium written and verbal assessment. Based on the results, we develop a custom-tailored programme to close any skill gaps each child may have so that when they are ready, they may advance into other areas of math challenges.
This approach does more than just meeting schools math standards. The programme focuses on explaining why mathematical rules work so that children learn and understand the rules, not just memorise them.
Students engage with our instructors in a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written exercises. We will show them the how’s and why’s behind useful number rules so they are able to understand how these can be applied to math problems that require a little of their thinking capacity.
These critical thinking skills can only be achieved through real understanding of Math concepts, instead of drilling or practicing on worksheets. This approach is in line with the Malaysian Ministry of Education’s new syllabus, which aims to create a nation of higher-order thinkers rather than relying on memorising to achieve results in standard tests (be it for standardised Kebangsaan school or International school check point tests).
The skillsets acquired through the math program also prepare them for further progression towards Algebra Readiness. Students are given a “preview” of math concepts and the lessons learnt can be applied to many interesting areas of their future studies in high school, college and beyond.
Mathnasium Algebra Readiness is specially designed for new students in lower secondary school who enrol into the Mathnasium program but still lack the foundational math and pre-algebra skills for them to progress to algebra.
This math program also serves as a short transitional level for existing Mathnasium younger students that have acquired and mastered both foundational math and pre-algebra math skills, and need to polish their skills and develop math maturity in the pre-algebra skills area before entering into algebra Math.
This is a programme that is typically suitable for children aged 13 to 14 (depending on the math age), at lower primary school level after exiting from primary school standard tests either in Kebangsaan Schools (i.e UPSR), or at Grade 7 or 8 in international schools preparing for Algebra and/or Geometry.
Students are evaluated with a unique written Mathnasium Algebra Readiness assessment. Similar to our foundational math and Pre-algebra program, a custom-tailored program is created based on the assessment results with the objective of closing the gap on essential math topics that requires mastery in preparation for advancement in Algebra.
In the meantime, we are blending the workout program for students to build fundamental geometry skills to get them ready for advancement in high school math.
This math program is essential for all students to ensure a smooth transition to algebra or any higher level Math, be it in Mathnasium or in schools.
Algebra and Pre-Calculus (a.k.a High School Math)
By the time students reach upper secondary school level (Form 4 or 5 in Kebangsaan schools or grade 9 to 10 in Cambridge syllabus for International Schools), depending on whether they are in the art or science stream, they will be doing either Math or Double Math (with Additional Math)—the high school math that includes algebra I, geometry, algebra II, trigonometry, and pre-calculus in preparation for standard exit exams or standardised college entrance exams such as SPM or IGCSE.
Younger and advanced Mathnasium students with Algebra Readiness may naturally progress into this area, allowing them to explore this programme as a completion of their Mathnasium education.
By the time they reach upper secondary school level, it will be obvious whether a student is equipped with the skills to perform well in math. To determine each student’s abilities, unique Mathnasium high school assessments will be given. Based on the assessment results, the customised learning plan will fit the student’s specific needs, or students may select the topics in which they need most help—this is to avoid spending time on areas they already know and to strengthen the areas they are least confident in.
We understand the pressures and busy schedules of our high school students, so our focus is to help with immediate problems that may be related to school math topics and test preps, utilising proprietary Mathnasium materials for the understanding of relevant concepts while filling in any foundational gaps in their mathematical knowledge. The goal is to enhance their performance in the crucial exams that they will be taking, and will have a great effect on their future; these include as high school exit exams, college placement exams, and standardised college entrance exams such as the SPM and the IGCSE.
Younger and advanced Mathnasium students with Algebra Readiness skills can approach this area of math education with us in exploratory mode, as it provides them the advantage of learning higher level math concepts before formal education requirements kick in.