## Primary Mathematics

This course aims to develop a studnet's higher order thinking skills such as comparing, analysing parts and wholes, identifying patterns and relationships.

In Optimus Tuition Centre, we train our students in a few areas:

1. Technical computation or competency

2. Problem-solving techniques (models and heuristics)

3. Speed and accuracy

In order to score well for the Math paper, technical competency is foremost. A students must be able to compute his/her numbers correctly and accurate with the fastest possible speed. This is important as without this skill, it is impossible to do well for Section A and B (Pri 1 to Pri 4) or Paper 1 (Pri 5 and 6).

We teach Math strategies (heuristics) to our students followed by a series of practice questions. Heuristics are pitched at different levels. Lower Primary students will be taught how to draw models to tackle problems sums. We will also incorporate some commonly tested heuristics at the Lower Primary Levels such as

- Guess and Check

- Draw a Diagram / Table

- Supposition, etc

At Pri 5 to 6, we teach more Math strategies(heuristics) as problem sums become more complex and Model drawing may not be the easiest or most efficient way of solving a problem. We teach our students a variety of methods of solving those questions, giving them a whole repertoir of skills. We equip them by teaching them to recognise key words in a problem sum, understanding the problem and using a suitable method to solve the problem. Math manipulatives are used to teach certain topics such as Nets and Volume, to enhance understanding.

This is key to gaining a good score, stating the obvious.

It is important to be able to calculate quickly and accurately. Students in Pri 5 and 6 are given only 50 minutes to complete 30 questions. A student that can calculate with efficiency and accuracy will be able to score well and push their grades with ease.

In Optimus Tuition Centre, we train our students in a few areas:

1. Technical computation or competency

2. Problem-solving techniques (models and heuristics)

3. Speed and accuracy

**Technical competency**In order to score well for the Math paper, technical competency is foremost. A students must be able to compute his/her numbers correctly and accurate with the fastest possible speed. This is important as without this skill, it is impossible to do well for Section A and B (Pri 1 to Pri 4) or Paper 1 (Pri 5 and 6).

*Problem-Solving Techniques*We teach Math strategies (heuristics) to our students followed by a series of practice questions. Heuristics are pitched at different levels. Lower Primary students will be taught how to draw models to tackle problems sums. We will also incorporate some commonly tested heuristics at the Lower Primary Levels such as

- Guess and Check

- Draw a Diagram / Table

- Supposition, etc

At Pri 5 to 6, we teach more Math strategies(heuristics) as problem sums become more complex and Model drawing may not be the easiest or most efficient way of solving a problem. We teach our students a variety of methods of solving those questions, giving them a whole repertoir of skills. We equip them by teaching them to recognise key words in a problem sum, understanding the problem and using a suitable method to solve the problem. Math manipulatives are used to teach certain topics such as Nets and Volume, to enhance understanding.

__Speed and Accuracy__This is key to gaining a good score, stating the obvious.

It is important to be able to calculate quickly and accurately. Students in Pri 5 and 6 are given only 50 minutes to complete 30 questions. A student that can calculate with efficiency and accuracy will be able to score well and push their grades with ease.