To those
who have lost hope in Math, don’t give up yet. Once upon a time, when I was a secondary
school student, Math became very difficult for me. It began at the end of
Secondary 1. My grades continued to plunge until I failed quite terribly in
Secondary 2. We didn’t have money for tuition and so failing Math was a real
probability for me. However, a Mr Pei of Bartley Secondary taught E. Math in a
clear and logical way that I was able to pick up some concepts. It gave me hope
that I could pass Math if I worked very hard. And I did work very, very hard. At
the end of Secondary 4, I scored A1 for Math.

Would I
have gained if I had a good tutor then? Of course. I think I had spent too much
time on Math. Studying it on my own, I sacrificed the other subjects. However, because
I did it on my own, I comprehend Math concepts at a deep level, which is to my
advantage today. Self-teaching oneself Math is not a joke but on my own, I
guided, counselled and motivated myself at every step. This is what a weak
student needs. (I looked out for my own needs, didn’t I?) Because of this, I
fully understand the failure’s mind set. Many of them are searching for hope
even if they do not claim to realise this. I have met some parents and students
who have given up on hope. They only wish for not-so-bad a fail and if possible
a just-pass grade. Do not behave this way. You know, when I was failing Math, I
believed I could get an A. Improvement in Math grades begins with believing
that you can score in Math, not only attain a just-pass grade. You got to
believe in yourself.

If your
child is weak, find a good tutor and fix the problem once and for all. The transformation
can take place. You got to believe. The fastest transformation I have seen takes
1 to 3 months. However, many cases require a longer time – 6 months to a year.
In fact, I have come to realise that many of the students who transformed under
me need more guidance even after passing the Math exam.

My Math
journey in the Secondary years has made it possible for me to create
Breakthrough Mathematics, which is a teaching approach that transforms Math failures
into successes. There is too much to explain about Breakthrough Mathematics. It
requires a book actually. Anyway, if your child needs help and Tampines is not too far for you, you can consider my classes.