Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ)

1What is Abacus and Mental Arithmetic?

Abacus and Mental Arithmetic is an approach to train children to tackle arithmetic problems using abacus and mental calculation. Throughout a few classes, children will be able to visualize an abacus in their head and perform calculations mentally without using any form of physical instruments such as calculators, paper and pencil. Children will also be able to perform these arithmetic calculations within seconds.

2How long is the duration of each lesson?

1.5 hours per lesson

3How does abacus help in mental maths or mental arithmetic?

The abacus is a centuries-old tool used for performing arithmetic calculations. It consists of beads or stones that are arranged on rods or wires within a frame. The beads can be moved along the rods to represent numbers and perform mathematical operations.

Using an abacus can help improve mental arithmetic skills by providing a physical and visual representation of numbers and calculations. Here are some ways in which the abacus can help:

  • Visualization: The abacus allows the user to visualize numbers and mathematical operations. By moving the beads along the rods, the user can see how numbers are composed and how calculations are performed.
  • Speed and accuracy: The abacus can help users perform calculations quickly and accurately. With practice, users can develop a mental image of the abacus and perform calculations without physically manipulating the beads.
  • Mental agility: Using an abacus requires mental agility and concentration, as the user needs to keep track of multiple numbers and operations simultaneously. This can help improve mental arithmetic skills and overall cognitive function.
  • Multisensory learning: The abacus provides a multisensory learning experience, as it involves physical manipulation of the beads, visual representation of numbers, and auditory feedback from the movement of the beads.

Overall, the abacus is a useful tool for developing mental arithmetic skills, improving concentration and cognitive function, and providing a multisensory learning experience. While it may seem outdated in the age of electronic calculators and computers, the abacus continues to be used in many cultures and is still taught in some schools as a way to improve mental arithmetic skills.

4What is the most suitable age for a child to learn Abacus?

The earlier the child joins an abacus class the better, as the child can absorbs most of the syllabus quickly and efficiently. A child can start as early as the age of 4.

5Why choose Superman Abacus & Mental Arithmetic?

WE believe that parents will always choose the best for their children. And believe or not, WE are parents too, ourselves and we want the best for our children, just as any parent would. Therefore, we have researched the best and most effective syllabus to learn abacus and mental arithmetic, and that would be with Superman School originated from Taiwan in 1982, by Prof Wang Tsung Cheng. With a thorough research of more than a 100 ways of teaching methods and materials, Prof Wang has founded a most quick and effective syllabus that can improve, develop and benefit a child from the following:

  • To stimulate the left & right brain and empower them to reach their maximum potential.
  • To strengthen the child's foundation of logical thinking and memory.
  • To Improve focus and concentration skills through memory concept.
  • To boost a child's self-confidence by mastering the concept and by winning awards.
6How long does it take to reach advanced level?

The length of time it takes to reach an advanced level in abacus and mental arithmetic can vary depending on various factors such as the student's starting level, their age, their learning style, and the frequency and quality of their practice. Typically, a beginner can expect to spend several months to a year learning and mastering the basic concepts of using an abacus and mental arithmetic. As the student becomes more comfortable with the basics, they can then move on to more advanced techniques and calculations, which can take several years to master. Consistent and regular practice is key to achieving proficiency in abacus and mental arithmetic. With consistent practice, a dedicated student can make significant progress and reach an advanced level in a few years. However, it's important to keep in mind that progress is unique to each student, and there's no set timeline for achieving an advanced level in abacus and mental arithmetic.

7What kind of calculation can we do with an abacus?

An abacus can be used to perform basic arithmetic operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For addition and subtraction, numbers are represented by beads on the abacus, and the user moves the beads up or down to represent the numbers being added or subtracted. The final result can then be read from the abacus. Multiplication and division on an abacus are performed by breaking down the numbers into smaller parts and using the appropriate multiplication or division techniques. For example, to multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number, the user would break down the numbers into their individual digits and perform the multiplication operation separately for each digit. More advanced abacus techniques can also be used to perform operations such as finding square roots, cube roots, and even higher roots. These techniques involve using more beads and rows on the abacus, as well as more advanced formulas and algorithms. Overall, the abacus can be used to perform a wide range of calculations, from basic arithmetic to more advanced mathematical operations. Its versatility and ease of use make it a valuable tool for developing mental arithmetic skills and problem-solving abilities.

8Does the child get homework after each lesson?

Yes, the child is required to do homework after each lesson. This is to make sure that they practice often and have better understanding on the skills. The more they do, the quicker they will master the course.

9How many levels are there to be completed?

The child will be evaluated for both Abacus and Mental Arithmetic. The child will need to start with abacus arithmetic grading from Grade 10 to Grade 1, Dan level (advanced level) from Dan 1 to Dan 10. Mental arithmetic grading from Grade 13 to Grade 1, Dan level (advanced level) from Dan 1 to Dan 10, Honour Dan level (higher advanced level) from Honour Dan 1 to Honour Dan 20.

10How much is the course fee?

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11Can I have a trial for my child?

Yes definitely, we can arrange a trial class for your child. You may Call/Whatsapp/SMS us at +65-8858 9399 or Click Here to submit your details to us or visit our Facebook Page by clicking "Send Message". We will schedule a trial lesson with you.