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When a child enrols into the Just-Math program, a simple assessment is done to determine the level of math skill the child has. With the knowledge of the child’s math ability, a learning plan is then formulated to build strength in the areas that the child is presently weak. The child is usually started with a level that is suited to his / her present ability. The child then goes through the program designed to build their math ability to reach that of their current school level within 18 months (under normal circumstance)..

The first month is usually the “get into the system” month where the child gets tune into the individualised learning system. After the first month, the child should experience accelerated learning mode where they get the opportunity to build strength in areas that they are presently weak. The child then clears learning hurdles as they move higher and higher along the learning curve.

By about the 18th month, they should be able to reach their present school level. After reaching the school level, the learning process continues and the child should be able to learn beyond the school level as they have rectified all their shortcomings in the learning of math. Here the child begins to learn areas that they have never learned before. Example : a year 4 student applying BODMAS (bracket of, division, multiplication, addition and subtraction) rules in solving calculation involving fractions.

Of course, the period of 18 months stated above comes with some conditions / factors.

The conditions / factors that come into play includes among the following:

1) the child’s learning attitude – this can be altered with encouragement, especially from parents. Never let the child learn in a negative environment. If negative environment is present in the learning process, the whole objective of learning becomes a burden to the child and the parents involved.

2) continuous parents support and encouragement throughout the learning duration. At each stage of learning, the child could face some difficulties. Encouragement and support especially from parents and the centre instructor will help them overcome these difficulties more pleasantly.

3) parents’ involvement in the child’s learning process so that a positive environment is created for them.

As can be seen above, parents support (especially for younger students) is absolutely essential in making the learning of mathematics a success. Negative words, expression, actions by parents will make learning a burden to the child.

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