Mathematical Thinking

11 Aug

Mathematical Thinking

Why Mathematical Thinking?

Mathematics lays the groundwork for all science-based subjects. Many students fail to grasp the universality of math skills; comfort with mathematical concepts not only opens up career options, but also provides a deeper understanding of the world around us. From natural sciences like biology, chemistry and physics, to social sciences, like economics, a full understanding depends on mathematical thinking. Math is a universal tool for understanding and solving problems.

 

 

Mathematical Thinking
 
 
 
Course Structure
These courses are designed to guide students through the art of applying mathematics to analytical problem solving and furthering their critical thinking skills. They are appropriate for any students wishing to further their mathematical knowledge beyond what is taught in schools.
 
Suitable for students in Grade 3-8 or Year 4-9
Levels I-IV (Grade 3-4 or Year 4-5); Levels V-VIII (Grade 5-6 or Year 6-7); Levels IX-XII (Grade 7-8 or Year 8-9)
Emphasis on word-based math questions and forming methods to solve them
Carefully guided instruction to allow students creative problem solving skills to be developed
Comprehensive practice of a variety of new mathematical problems and concepts
Individualized feedback and supervision by highly competent instructors
Small class size (max. 4 students) ensures student interaction and instructor accessibility
 
How can this course hone your mathematical thinking skills?
We explore problem solving through areas like data processing, graphs, spatial reasoning, algebra, patterns and mathematical models. The purpose is twofold: to develop analytical problem-solving skills and broaden students' perspectives on the critical math concepts all around them.
 
Problems are designed to enhance contextual relevance, complexity, versatility and creativity. They are presented in a progressive structure and designed based on questions found in Thinking Skill Assessment, International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), UK Math challenge, MAT and other tests that require higher level thinking. They are not traditional exercises with solutions repeatable from a singular example or a standard algorithm. We encourage an open attitude toward solving problems with a creative approach: a mindset that is transferrable to areas of studies outside mathematics.
 
“If a student’s first response is to decide which algorithms to use, 
then he or she is not solving a problem at all.”
(Frank, Baker & Herron, 1987)
 
Course problems are also based on critical mathematical skills and will later focus on more advanced theories and frameworks building up to exams. For most students, understanding and applying concepts is far more important than acquiring new knowledge. Our approach is structured with this belief in mind, and the goal of this course is to help students refine their ability to apply the theories and concepts independently.
 
 
Course
Level
Dates
Day
Time
Code
Fees (HK$)
Mathematical Thinking
I
(G3 / Y4)
01 Sep - 12 Jan
FRI
17:30 - 18:30
FT17-MT-1A
$420 / hour
1 hour x 20
lessons
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
15:00 - 16:00
FT17-MT-1B
II
(G3 / Y4)
01 Sep - 12 Jan
FRI
17:30 - 18:30
FT17-MT-2A
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
15:00 - 16:00
FT17-MT-2B
III
(G4 / Y5)
30 Aug - 10 Jan
WED
17:30 – 18:30
FT17-MT-3A
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
16:00 - 17:00
FT17-MT-3B
IV
(G4 / Y5)
30 Aug - 10 Jan
WED
17:30 – 18:30
FT17-MT-4A
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
16:00 - 17:00
FT17-MT-4B
V
(G5 / Y6)
31 Aug - 18 Jan (except 05 Oct)
THU
16:30 - 17:30
FT17-MT-5A
$440 / hour
1 hour x 20
lessons
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
17:00 - 18:00
FT17-MT-5B
VI
(G5 / Y6)
31 Aug - 18 Jan (except 05 Oct)
THU
16:30 - 17:30
FT17-MT-6A
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
17:00 - 18:00
FT17-MT-6B
VII
(G6 / Y7)
30 Aug - 10 Jan
WED
17:00 - 18:00
FT17-MT-7A
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
11:30 - 12:30
FT17-MT-7B
VIII
(G6 / Y7)
30 Aug - 10 Jan
WED
17:00 - 18:00
FT17-MT-8A
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
11:30 - 12:30
FT17-MT-8B
IX
(G7 / Y8)
31 Aug - 18 Jan (except 05 Oct)
THU
17:30 - 18:30
FT17-MT-9A
$460 / hour
1 hour x 20
lessons
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
16:30 - 17:30
FT17-MT-9B
X
(G7 / Y8)
31 Aug - 18 Jan (except 05 Oct)
THU
17:30 - 18:30
FT17-MT-10A
02 Sep - 20 Jan (except 28 Oct)
SAT
16:30 - 17:30
FT17-MT-10B
XI
(G8 / Y9)
21 Aug - 22 Jan (except 02 Oct, 25 Dec & 01 Jan)
MON
17:00 - 18:00
FT17-MT-11A
30 Aug - 10 Jan
WED
16:00 - 17:00
FT17-MT-11B
XII
(G8 / Y9)
21 Aug - 22 Jan (except 02 Oct, 25 Dec & 01 Jan)
MON
17:00 - 18:00
FT17-MT-12A
30 Aug - 10 Jan
WED
16:00 - 17:00
FT17-MT-12B
 
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Victor Chan

Victor achieved 8 As in HKCEE and was admitted the University of Hong Kong with scholarship through the Early Admission Scheme. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science.
 
During his three years as a tutor, Victor has gained a comprehensive understanding of the requirements for various curricula in international schools. He has also developed skills and knowledge to engage learners ranging in abilities and learning styles.

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