About Us

In CalibreMath, we believe that every child can excel in Mathematics when equipped with the right techniques, and supported by the appropriate cognitive abilities.

Every child has the potential to do better regardless of their starting point. Our unique Math problem solving strategies complement our CalibreMath learning cycle to help your child acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to solve Math problems. All of these will lead to them having a higher level of readiness in learning and ultimately, the motivation to improve on the subject.

Our Teaching Philosophy

We do not encourage passive learning, which is the reason why we have this policy of 100% active listening. We believe that when students are focused on learning, it will in turn convert to a higher level of understanding of each concept taught.

At CalibreMath, we maximise your child’s learning process through a 2-way discussion. We believe in creating an environment that stimulates productive and purposeful learning. Rather than providing the solutions, our teachers will guide your child to explore, investigate and derive the solutions independently. Our teachers take on the role as facilitators guiding students to focus on key phrases, in turn triggering them to identify the strategies learnt to solve the questions.

We put self-directed learning to work in our classrooms to groom your child to be a confident and independent learner. Through group discussions, we provide opportunities for them to share their observations and encourage them to do reflection when necessary. In CalibreMath, we let our students take ownership in their own learning so that they can become critical thinkers.

When students are equipped with the skills to question effectively, they realised that it is easier to clarify their doubts and it enables them to have a more thorough understanding of the concepts taught. This is a very useful skill even as they advance to higher institutes of learning.

The following is a case study of a very common situation that we face in our classrooms:

Student A says, “I don’t understand what you are saying. I can’t do this question.” Instead of rushing to guide them or give them the solution, our teachers will ask “What exactly do you not understand?” Your child may find that they are seemingly bombarded with many questions from our teachers after expressing their doubts. Our purpose is to guide them in discovering their difficulties and helping them understand how this can be managed. In this way, learning will be able to take place.

Through this questioning process, Student A discovered the underlying reason behind his mistakes. It was because he had a misconception on the part which says “Ethan has twice as much money as John but half as much as Kelly”. The part about “who” was half of Kelly was difficult to grasp for him. He always assumed that John was the subject who was half as much as Kelly. So that was the reason for getting the questions wrong. This eliminated his obstacle and gave him the confidence to tackle such questions in future.

By teaching your child the techniques of asking a question, we equip them with the skills that are very essential in the development of a critical thinker. Many students benefit from this form of targeted learning as it helps them to reflect and clarify the doubts they may have.

We do not encourage passive learning, which is the reason why we have this policy of active listening with no copying. We believe that when students are focused on listening, it allows critical thinking to take place and understanding will naturally follow. To ensure that students have fully understood the concepts, our teachers may request them to solve it independently after the in-depth discussion. There will also be additional guidelines to help them carry on exploring these concepts in detail outside curriculum time.

Teaching Methodology

Building a powerful learning habit in your child so that he has a systematic approach to tackle Math questions. We strongly believe in a 2 way learning approach. Allow your child to be an independent learner, take charge in his learning. This does not mean that he can choose whether he wants to do the work or not. They become independent learners. A very good example will be in our secondary students. They have cultivated a system of seeking an in depth understanding of a question. If you have a secondary 4 child, you will know that they will start to do practice papers once the syllabus is completed. Students are given detailed worked solutions of every paper so that they can mark and learn from their mistakes. If they have any doubts, they are expected to raise them to the teachers and seek clarification. But is every child so disciplined? We inculcate this habit in all students. Instead of focusing on the final answer, our students will check with us if their solution is correct even if their final answer is correct. And when they don’t understand a solution, they ask why. They might even counter propose their own solution. This is the critical thinker that we want for every one of our students. This powerful learning habit will enable them to overcome any learning challenges and emerge as a strong and confident learner.

Physical Lessons

Before the pandemic, physical lessons have always been the default lesson mode for many. Till today, many students and parents still prefer face to face lessons.

The perks of attending face to face lessons include direct interaction with the teachers so that their needs can be addressed promptly. The teachers are also better able to observe the students’ responses to determine if they need more clarification.

With the younger age groups, it is indeed challenging for them to focus in front of the screen for so long without any movement breaks. With face to face lessons, children get to do more hands-on manipulatives and enjoy more interaction with their teachers and friends. We also understand that some parents may have the concern of having too much screen time for your child.

If these are your primary concerns, physical lessons will be the best for your child!

Online Lessons

For the past 2 years, the dynamics of learning have changed drastically since the onset of Covid-19. Many of us were forced to integrate Home Based Learning into our lessons within a short span of time. There were struggles to get used to it initially but with the help of supportive parents and students, everyone overcame it together!

We have seen parents and students switched from being very reluctant to have lessons conducted virtually to embracing it so readily whenever the situation calls for it. Indeed, it is definitely safer to keep your child at home, especially the younger ones who may not able to get vaccinated yet.

On top of that, technology has also pushed beyond the pre-pandemic times which not only allows our online lessons to be conducted smoothly but equally productive as well. At CalibreMath, we implement the latest technology to make our online lessons engaging and interactive. For instance, we use “Kahoot” to insert some fun and excitement in our short quizzes. It helps us to check on their learning as well as adding an element of competition in it. We are also looking into creating more elaborated content in the teaching process of relaying Mathematical concepts.

Check out our lesson structure here to find out more about a typical online lesson at CalibreMath. (Don’t know where to insert the Structure of the lesson)

Another benefit of attending lessons virtually includes a reduction in the travelling, especially for our busy parents and students who are staying very far from our centre.

If you have the appropriate tools and skills to support your child’s learning online, you may wish to opt for this mode of lesson!

Structure of the Lesson

Our online lessons are conducted using ClickMeeting which is a secured online platform. With its screen sharing and interactive whiteboard functions, rest assured that your child’s learning experience will not be compromised. A 2-way audio and video discussion enables your child’s learning to be equally productive and allows them to seek clarifications promptly as well.

Work Submission

Students are required to submit all class work and homework in PDF via WhatsApp. The teacher will then mark the work on a tablet and send it back for further discussion if necessary. To maximize the time spent on learning and minimize waiting time, we strongly encourage your child to submit their homework one day before the lesson. The teacher will then be able to mark the work beforehand and discuss the mistakes at the start of the lesson.

Throughout the lesson, your child will be sending the solution of every question in the class exercise for marking. This is to ensure that he or she has understood what was taught and is able to apply them correctly to the questions.

For a smooth online learning experience, we strongly encourage students to prepare a earpiece with mic functions and a phone for the ease of sending worked solutions to our teachers.

Worksheets

Lesson materials will be mailed to your child monthly or you could choose to do a self-collection at our centre during our operating hours.

Homework

Homework will be assigned every lesson.

Hybrid Lessons

If you would like to have the flexibility of switching between online and physical lessons, we do have the choice of hybrid lessons.

When your child is having a busy week, for example, preparing for exams, he or she could save some time by attending the lessons virtually. On other days, your child can attend lessons face to face so that our teachers can check in on their progress thoroughly.

No matter what works best for your child, our team will do our best to deliver a smooth and productive learning journey!

Structure of the Lesson

Our online lessons are conducted using ClickMeeting which is a secured online platform. With its screen sharing and interactive whiteboard functions, rest assured that your child’s learning experience will not be compromised. A 2-way audio and video discussion enables your child’s learning to be equally productive and allows them to seek clarifications promptly as well.

Work Submission

Students are expected to submit their homework on time. The work will be marked and returned to them for corrections.

Students who are attending online lessons are also required to submit all class work and homework in PDF via WhatsApp. The teacher will then mark the work on a tablet and send it back for further discussion if necessary. To maximize the time spent on learning and minimize waiting time, we strongly encourage your child to submit their homework one day before the lesson. The teacher will then be able to mark the work beforehand and discuss the mistakes at the start of the lesson.

Students attending physical lessons will get their work marked on the spot and returned so that they can continue self revision at home.

Throughout the online lesson, your child will be sending the solution of every question in the class exercise for marking. This is to ensure that he or she has understood what was taught and is able to apply them correctly to the questions.

For a smooth online learning experience, we strongly encourage students to prepare a earpiece with mic functions and a phone for the ease of sending worked solutions to our teachers.

Worksheets

Lesson materials will be mailed to your child monthly or you could choose to do a self-collection at our centre during our operating hours.

Homework

Homework will be assigned every lesson.

Our Teachers

OUR MATH TRAINERS

Meet our dedicated and passionate teaching team. In CalibreMath Learning Centre, we recognize that every child is unique. We respect their individual needs and provide a conducive environment for each student to learn and grow. Teachers being facilitators are the most critical component of every programme. Hence, at CalibreMath we only offer dedicated teachers who are always ready to go the extra mile for your child and those who are passionate in making a difference in each and every one of our students.

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Teacher Janelle

Founder and Centre Director

When I first started teaching, I like to ask my students this question, “What is your most favourite subject?” Interestingly, very few would mention Math as their most favourite one.

Students would usually cite the same few reasons being “Math is very hard!” or “I can’t do well in word problems!” or “I don’t understand what my teacher is saying at all”. It struck a chord with me because I had similar problems when I was younger too! During the exam period, my teacher would give us a substantial amount of homework on word problems to practice on. I have always been diligent in completing my work but still, I got many questions wrong. I started to lose confidence and wonder if I will ever do well in Math again.

Fortunately, I met a great Math teacher who helped me to overcome my phobia in Math. She helped me to achieve mastery in Math and it continued to be one of my best subjects throughout my schooling days.

I truly believe that with the right techniques and appropriate cognitive abilities, every child has the ability to do well in Math. To help my students overcome their learning challenges in Math, I developed my own set of unique Math Problem Solving strategies to help them find the missing piece to every puzzle. Coupled with dramatization through a story illustration for every strategy, learning Math can be so fun and enjoyable!

Being an educator for more than 10 years and a mother of 2, I know very well that there is more in this learning journey than achieving academic excellence. Hence, I believe that imparting the core learning skills and building the correct mindset is equally important as well. The journey may be tough at the start but with CalibreMath, we can overcome it together!

Teacher Charles

Secondary Math Specialist
Elementary Math Specialist

As parents, you may have heard of this too often during PTM with your child’s teacher. When it comes to Math, students are always advised to do more practices and put in more effort to memorise all the formulae. Such advice is used so excessively that it seems like it is the only way that students can improve in Math.

I agree that practices are essential, however, these would become redundant without proper teaching and guidance. Having the right teaching techniques is the key to form the connection between translating knowledge into information that students can understand and retain. I take pride in ensuring that my students are able to understand what has been taught so I like to find interesting examples in real world contexts that will help them to attain a deeper understanding.

I have always wanted my classroom to be an environment where students feel safe to ask questions. I believe that being able to ask the right questions is essential to help students acquire a deeper understanding of the mathematical concepts. I aim to nurture their love for Mathematics not just as a subject, but as a important tool that they can use as a part of their daily lives.

Teacher Clara

Teaching Coordinator

As a teacher, I believe that the most effective way to learn is to listen and question actively. Math is a subject that relies heavily on conceptual understanding. Coupled with the right amount of practice, learning will be more effective and productive. I strongly encourage all my students to raise their doubts as and when it is needed. One important component in my classes is having open ended discussions with my students: What is the question asking? What can we do with this information that we are given? What solutions can we propose? Are there better ways to solve this question? What do you think is wrong with the solution just now? I love hearing their suggestions and I feel this helps them to attain a deeper understanding of each concept, rather than merely memorizing steps and formulae.

I believe that self-assessment and reflection are very critical if you really want to do better in Math. When students make mistakes in their work, it is very important to find out the reason why they got the questions wrong in the first place. Was it a careless mistake or a misconception or a gap in their learning? When students do self-reflection, they become aware of what their issues were and then thereafter work on how to prevent such mistakes from occurring again.

I look forward to forge a close partnership with parents and students to make learning Math an enjoyable experience!

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