Frequently Asked Questions

A one stop centre for all your enquiries about our programme.

How long does it take to complete the programme?

It will take at least 5 years to complete the whole programme.

What is the difference between Abacus Mental Arithmetic and Mental Arithmetic?

Abacus-Mental Arithmetic involves structured learning on how to use the abacus to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums accurately and quickly. Students will transform this physical abacus into a virtual abacus in order to perform those operations mentally.

On the other hand, mental arithmetic can refer to doing calculation without any external tool.

How do you know if your child is learning effectively in class?

Our teachers personally feedback your child’s progress to parents after every class.

Parents are free to clarify any doubts or questions they have regarding their child’s progress.

Why should my child learn abacus mental arithmetic when s/he can use the calculator?

The beauty of learning abacus is that the answers come from within, and students take pride in answering sums quickly, correctly and independently.

Even though there are calculators, if the wrong numbers are keyed in, the answer will be wrong.  You can also see how accurately and quickly those who have mastered anzan can calculate, sometimes even faster than the calculator!

It is also important to keep our brains fit. Learning the Abacus equips students with the life-long skill of performing mental calculations that are required in daily life.

Will my child be confused by the abacus mental arithmetic method and what is taught in school?

If students start at the pre-school age, learning the abacus will build a very good foundation in number sense for primary school.

Then, when they learn other methods in primary school, they will build on what they learnt with us and progress from there. It’s actually better as your child is one step ahead.

The ultimate objective is to solve problem sums correctly and quickly. Learning the abacus will help students calculate accurately and quickly. This is important given the time constraints of exams. Our abacus/ anzan programme will also help them to check their answers to minimise careless mistakes.

When is a good age to start?

4 years old is a good age to start or when they are able to count 0 to 9 in sequence, recognise these numerals and write the numerals 0 to 9. You can send your child for a trial for a free assessment.

My child is in Primary School. Is it too late to join?

The objective of our abacus programme is to give students a head start in Math by teaching them a correct understanding of numbers and number relations.

If your child is weak in this, it is never too late to join us.

We had a student who joined us in Primary 5. She says she can now count accurately, quickly and is ahead of her peers in Math!

I have no knowledge of Abacus. How can I help my child at home?

Our teachers are ever ready and willing to share tips on how you can help your child even if you have no knowledge of abacus.

We also have some short videos on how you can help your child, which the teacher will share at the appropriate level.

How can parents participate in their child's learning at home?

Parents can encourage and monitor their child’s homework.

Our teachers will provide weekly feedback on your child’s progress and guide you to help your child at home according to the level s/he is at.

How qualified are your teachers?

Our abacus teachers are trained in the complete abacus syllabus. In addition, they meet the minimum National Standard for abacus and Mental Arithmetic for instructors.

Most of our teachers are pre-school trained or have teaching experience. They are also trained to effectively deliver our abacus programme to young children.