Stu­dents fo­cus­ing too much on scor­ing – as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor

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TAWAU: Many stu­dents are fo­cus­ing too much on scor­ing and get­ting the cor­rect an­swers with­out know­ing what they are ac­tu­ally solv­ing, hence they fail to un­der­stand the true mean­ing of Math­e­mat­ics.

Dr Wil­ley Liew, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor who grad­u­ated from Univer­sity of Cam­bridge, cited this when speak­ing at Se­ri­ously Ad­dic­tive Math­e­mat­ics (S.A.M) Par­ent Workshop in con­junc­tion with the open­ing of First Sin­ga­pore Maths En­rich­ment Cen­tre in Tawau re­cently.

Liew said that be­ing able to ap­ply Math­e­mat­ics to solve prob­lems was ab­so­lutely para­mount for stu­dents who wish to fur­ther de­velop their ca­reer as pro­gram­mers and en­gi­neers.

Also present were the CEO of An­chor­age Learn­ing Cen­tre, Cheong Vai Yan and its Aca­demic Direc­tor, Dora Pang.

“Sin­ga­pore Math refers to the pri­mary math cur­ricu­lum and teach­ing strate­gies used in Sin­ga­pore schools. The S.A.M Think­ing Math Pro­gram in­volves class­room en­gage­ment and work­sheet re­in­force­ment.

“The Con­crete-Pic­to­rial-Ab­stract (CPA) ap­proach is used to in­tro­duce new math con­cepts in an en­gag­ing and mean­ing­ful way. It is a highly ef­fec­tive three-stage ap­proach that helps chil­dren de­velop deep un­der­stand­ing of math con­cepts. In ad­di­tion, the coach­ing ap­proach is used to help chil­dren ex­plore, dis­cover and build con­fi­dence to­wards math.

“S.A.M work­sheets’ tasks are com­pre­hen­sive, var­ied and in­cre­men­tally ad­vanced, so that learn­ing is kept chal­leng­ing yet achiev­able, to keep chil­dren mo­ti­vated.

Through guided and in­de­pen­dent prac­tice, chil­dren de­velop mastery in math, prob­lem­solv­ing and think­ing skills, self­dis­ci­pline and good study habits,” ex­plained Liew, who is also the ad­vi­sor of S.A.M Tawau.

Mean­while, the man­ag­ing direc­tor of S.A.M Head­quar­ters in Malaysia, C.K. Gan also elab­o­rated on the S.A.M award-win­ning ped­a­gogy and cur­ricu­lum which is based on Sin­ga­pore Math with a fo­cus on prob­lem solv­ing and de­vel­op­ing in­tel­lec­tual com­pe­tence such as crit­i­cal think­ing and log­i­cal rea­son­ing skills in chil­dren.

The new open­ing of S.A.M Tawau is lo­cated in Pusat Komer­cial Uni­jaya, Jalan Sg Ta­jong. It op­er­ates on Mon­days to Thurs­days from 12:30pm to 9pm, and Satur­days from 9am to 6pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit, or on Face­book: S.A.M Tawau. Email: [email protected] or Call 0138653622.

Es­tab­lished in 2010, Se­ri­ously Ad­dic­tive Math­e­mat­ics (S.A.M) is the world’s largest Sin­ga­pore Math en­rich­ment pro­gram for chil­dren aged four to 12.

S.A.M has more than 160 cen­tres in 16 coun­tries world­wide – Aus­tralia, Brunei, Cam­bo­dia, Canada, Hong Kong, In­dia, In­done­sia, Malaysia, the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thai­land, UAE, the USA, Zim­babwe - nur­tur­ing more than 3,000 stu­dents in Sin­ga­pore, and 15,000 stu­dents world­wide since, and ex­pand­ing.

S.A.M has won awards from in­ter­na­tional busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions and par­ent­ing re­sources - th­ese in­clude the Sin­ga­pore Promis­ing SME 500 Awards, Thai­land Depart­ment of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Fran­chise Qual­ity Awards, Malaysia BabyTalk Ma­maPapa Read­ers’ Choice Awards, and In­dia Kids Stop Press Awards. still

Liew (first from right), Gan (sec­ond from right), Cheong (first from left) and Dora (sec­ond from left) at the new S.A.M cen­tre in Tawau.

A par­ent workshop on “The best ways to teach Math­e­mat­ics”, con­ducted by Gan while trial classes were con­ducted for the chil­dren in classes.

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