Academic Group Tutorial
In AHEAD JUNIOR academic tutorial, a class consists of three to five students per teacher. The teacher will focus on the homework and assignments his students need assistance in.
Singapore Math focuses on mastery and not memorization. This method has been proven effective as Singapore consistently ranks in the top at the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). More importantly, features of Singapore Math are incorporated in the development of the Philippines’ new K to 12 spiral curriculum.
The Plus in Singapore Math
Singaporean students have consistently ranked the best in math based on the reports of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). One of the programs established by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), TIMSS is a series of international assessments of the mathematics and science knowledge of students around the world. It was first conducted in 1995, and has been performed every four years thereafter with participating students coming from a diverse set of educational systems. Based on the TIMSS, the proficiency level of Singaporean students is high.
They can even solve unstructured problems in unfamiliar contexts. It is not surprising then that schools in the United States and even in the Philippines have adapted Singapore Math in order to boost their students’ math scores. However, Singapore Math is radically different from the traditional approach in teaching children math. It has a three-step learning model, moving from the concrete (using manipulatives like cubes), to the pictorial (drawing a model of the problem in bar form), on to the abstract (writing numbers and signs). This method proves to be effective, especially to young children. The following are the other advantages of teaching Singapore Math:
Math can be fun
Young children do not fully understand abstract concepts yet and some students do not enjoy rote memorization and math drills. Because of the use of tangible objects and pictures, learning math becomes enjoyable. It is also fun and engaging to audible, visual, and kinesthetic learners.
Enhanced math skills
Many students memorize math concepts just to pass. The Singapore method introduces students to a more logical approach in learning math. Calculating arithmetic problems becomes easier and faster even without the use of pencil and paper.
Learning to think in a different way
Singapore Math teaches students how to think in a different way. Higher-level mathematics is almost purely based on the ability to understand concepts. Through Singapore Math, the mental flexibility of students is developed.
Layered strategies build upon one another
In the typical “spiral” approach, material is revisited in the course of months or years. This can often be jarring for teachers and students alike. However, it is different in Singaporean curriculum, where one skill set is a foundation for future lessons. The lessons are sequential, building on previously learned concepts and skills, which offer the opportunity for in-depth understanding and mastery.
Through AHEAD Junior’s Level-Up Program, students will gain mastery in Science, History, or other subjects using Mind Mapping and Speed Reading as tools.
Help with Hard Lessons for Hardworking Parents
AHEAD JUNIOR provides assistance to home-schooled students and their parents by helping to explain difficult subjects such as mathematics or science. AHEAD JUNIOR can also help substitute for parent-teachers who are unable to teach due to illness or circumstance. Parents have the option of sending their children to an AHEAD JUNIOR center or make arrangements for a tailor-made curriculum.