Common Ideological Mistakes When Learning Math

Nowadays, calculations (computational math) can easily be done on our smartphones. The emphasis has now shifted to higher order thinking skills, which bodes very well for Singapore Math.

It is now considered a mistake to emphasize merely memorizing formulas, and using drill and practice to hone calculation skills, without first understanding the root concepts. In contrast, Singapore Math questions demand critical thinking, metacognitive and heuristics skills amongst others. Students who merely memorize without truly understanding will not do well in Math.

kid having a hard time

Another common ideological mistake in learning math is to isolate mathematics from the real world, when in fact, it is an integral part of our daily lives. Nowadays, it is more important to learn mathematics through stories and realistic examples that relate it to the real world.


So, what is Singapore Math? and how can it help correct those mistakes when learning Math?

Singapore Math is internationally recognized and unique in its consistent and strong emphasis on problem solving, visualization, model drawing, with an in depth focus on the understanding of mathematics concepts. It started when the Ministry of Education of Singapore sought to develop Singaporean students to be creative independent learners who are able to think creatively and apply their knowledge. For instance, students are taught the concept of “grouping” instead of memorizing multiplication tables. Also, students are encouraged to think creatively. For instance, 19 minus 6 can be worked directly, or via 20-7. In Singapore Math, the student’s answer is accepted if he is able arrive at the answer and provide a logical reasoning. Students are also required to ‘communicate’ their steps to arrive at the solution.


From what age can children be expected to learn math?

Children are able to grasp the concept of counting from as young as three years old but their increased capacity to grasp mathematical concepts usually start from age four.



SAM is a  leading   mathematics   program, modeled after Singapore Mathematics. Our approach is holistic, focusing on skills such as critical   thinking, heuristics, logical reasoning and meta-cognitive understanding. SAM’ s program is for children from age 4 to 12. We conduct a proprietary assessment test to determine each student’s ability in Math, because children invariably differ in mathematical aptitude. To know more:  Tel: 964-9759 / 0977-8239910.