Cal­cu­lus just ‘clicks’ for Navim

Central Leader - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

WITH­OUT so much as a cal­cu­la­tor 10-year-old Navim Zan­z­abil can com­plete com­pli­cated maths prob­lems usu­ally tack­led by se­nior high school stu­dents.

The cal­cu­lus whiz has just com­pleted an af­ter-school maths pro­gramme in Mt Al­bert where she solved equa­tions at year 13 level.

‘‘It’s some­thing that I can’t ex­plain in words, it just felt so good,’’ Navim says.

Her par­ents ini­tially en­rolled her in the pro­gramme to help break the habit of her count­ing on her fin­gers.

Her tu­tors soon saw that she had a spe­cial knack for arith­metic.

‘‘The thing about maths is that the first time you do a prob­lem it’s re­ally re­ally hard, but the next time it’s much sim­pler,’’ she says.

‘‘And when I’m do­ing it I’m al­ways think­ing about the con­se­quences, like when I’m at high school I’ll be zoom­ing through.’’

Navim says the stu­dents in her af­ter-school class are not al­lowed to use cal­cu­la­tors and must solve all prob­lems long-hand.

‘‘Now when I look at the board in class I can just see how to do it, it’s like ‘ click click’,’’ she says.

Part of the ap­peal for Navim’s par­ents was the Ku­mon tu­tors push a con­sis­tent level of home­work.

Her fa­ther Ma­mun says they were ‘‘very sur­prised’’ to dis­cover their daugh­ter’s hid­den tal­ent.

Navim is start­ing in­ter­me­di­ate school this year, but she has al­ready set her sights much higher.

She is work­ing to­wards be­com­ing a sur­geon.

‘‘I was in­spired by my grand­fa­ther. When he came to New Zealand to visit he had a heart at­tack,’’ she says. ‘‘Luck­ily he is still alive, but I re­alised that lots of peo­ple end up need­ing a doc­tor when it comes to se­ri­ous con­di­tions.’’

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Math whiz: Navim Zan­z­abil, 10, can solve equa­tions at a year 13 level.

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