Singapore students are renowned for their high performance in mathematics compared to their global peers. For instance, in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2019, students from Singapore were ranked second in the world in terms of mathematical ability. Read More
Since the advent of Computer Algebras Systems (CAS), educators have had to overhaul the mathematics curriculum taught in schools, and even drastically change the way in which homework assignments, class tests, and national examinations are conducted. Read More
Over the years, many schools around the world have adopted Singapore’s approach to teaching mathematics. More than 50 countries have either imported our textbooks for sale to the general public, or tried to incorporate aspects of our mathematics curriculum or style of teaching into their own national syllabus.
Most JC students would consider taking Further Mathematics at ‘A’ Levels only if they are exceptionally strong in mathematics or have a special interest in the subject. This applies even to students who intend to pursue math-intensive subjects at university level, including subjects like data science, information technology, engineering, physics, chemistry, or statistics.
The famous Monty Hall problem is used by educators to get students to think about the concept of probability and chance. It is often introduced in math probability classes for junior college, polytechnic and university students, and sometimes even in secondary schools.
There are a couple of reasons why math tutors might have encountered students requesting for some tuition classes to be conducted online. Firstly, home based learning has proliferated in Singapore due to recent government policy, and some students might have become accustomed to this format of instruction. Read More
Every student who has sat for mathematics exams understands the feeling of knowing how to do a question, but getting marks unnecessarily deducted due to careless errors. Read More
When Japan cut classroom hours and introduced more flexible learning in the 1980s, under a policy which it called the Yutori – which means “relax” – students’ scores dropped. Parents tried to compensate by sending them to cram schools to make up for the decline in rigour in the regular classroom. Read More
Enrichment refer to activities that enhance learning and extend knowledge beyond the school curriculum. Maths enrichment classes in particular have gained popularity in recent years as parents desire to improve their child’s skill and dexterity in the subject and even prepare him or her for competitions and tournaments. Read More
Stanford University psychology lecturer Mark Lepper and paediatrician Maria Woolverton surveyed a group of tutors who specialized in primary and secondary school mathematics to understand what makes for an effective tutor. Read More
If you are in a Singapore secondary school, and you like math or are confident of doing well in math, you probably will decide to do additional mathematics for ‘O’ level. If your secondary school gives you a choice (some schools do make add math compulsory) Read More
There has been much talk about the rising importance of the so-called STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – in preparing students for the workforce and economy of the future. Increasingly, the STEM subjects are at the heart of the industrial and corporate world. Read More
Mathematics is one subject that demands constant practice and revision. Firstly, of all the subjects taught in school, mathematics is arguably the most abstract. Students require constant revision to keep the concepts, formulae, and problem solving techniques fresh in their minds. Secondly, mathematics is a subject in which simpler concepts and problem solving skills must be thoroughly mastered first before the more difficult levels can be tackled. Read More