The misconception that the Sciences, Math particularly, is a subject to be feared has to be radically changed. The world has benefited from a lot of discoveries, inventions, and innovations by people who have the skill to solve the most complex and complicated Math problems in the world and thereby allowing mankind to enjoy the most advanced technologies and industries of today.
“The world is interconnected. Everyday Math shows these connections and possibilities. The earlier young learners can put these skills to practice, the more likely we will remain an innovation society and economy. Algebra can explain how quickly water becomes contaminated and how many people in a third-world country drinking that water might become sickened on a yearly basis. A study of geometry can explain the science behind architecture throughout the world. Statistics and probability can estimate death tolls from earthquakes, conflicts and other calamities around the world. It can also predict profits, how ideas spread, and how previously endangered animals might repopulate. Math is a powerful tool for global understanding and communication. Using it, students can make sense of the world and solve complex and real problems. Rethinking math in a global context offers students a twist on the typical content that makes the math itself more applicable and meaningful for students,” as written in the article Understanding the World through Math for asiasociety.org.
Ron, who works as one of the long-time instructors in a maths tuition centre in Singapore, shared how their students in the tutorial centre developed genuine fondness and dedication to the subject, “We start every student orientation with the benefits of being good with Mathematics—how great Mathematicians and scientists made a big mark in their fields. We also have good and comprehensive modules for the students—and we are very generous in showing techniques in solving every problem. We also practice transformative learning—where students do not only listen to lectures but also get to apply what they are learning in the tutorials. They also have the option to be on a one-on-one tutorial class especially for those who need to focus in the subject. The teachings of Math is both practical and symbolic. There are a lot of pragmatic things that Math teaches us, at the same time, it has its own poetry that’s why the most intelligent of people are lured to be good in this discipline.”
Andrea, who just finished her month-long class in a Math tuition centre in Singapore, shared how her grades improved after that fruitful month in the centre, “I think my anxiety toward the subject grew when older students would say how difficult it is to pass even Algebra, Trigonometry, and even more, Calculus in my school. It didn’t help that our teachers in Math are intimidating. I can’t even ask questions without feeling a bit embarrassed for being too slow. I tried to work on the book exercises, but I still find it difficult to solve situational problems. When my parents saw how my grades have been suffering, they gave me the option to take tutorial classes. And true enough, those classes enabled me to be better and have confidence in myself. I thought it was impossible, but really, Math is about objectivity and dedication. I may not be a Math whiz, but now, I will never look at an unsolved problem without giving my all to it. I stopped being grade conscious and I focused on what I learn more than what numbers will suggest about my own intelligence. In a matter of a month, I saw how most of my quizzes and periodical exams have been getting higher and higher.”
These Maths tuition centre have been around for years now and they have a great contribution to a lot of learners’ improvement in the subject, “We should never say Math is impossible to master. If we have more people who are good in Math, there may be more discoveries in the future that will benefit the human race. In fact, a lot of countries give scholarships up to the PhD level to people who can potentially be the new scientists and mathematicians of our time,” shared Professor Melvin, from a technological university in Singapore. The Professor added, “Anyone can be good in Math, unfortunately, only a few believe that they can.”