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Your Child Can Excel

– and Outperform Classmates

Our one-of-a-kind programme is proven to equip children with skills they need to advance.

Your Child Can Excel

– and Outperform Classmates

Our one-of-a-kind programme is proven to equip children with skills they need to advance

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why does SIP Abacus work?

The unique training programme gives learners better visual memory and auditory skills. We train learners to combine visual, auditory and kinesthetic skills to solve problems faster. With these learning skills, an abacus student has the ability to perform better in any environment – not just in math.

Q. Do you promise a guarantee?

Yes, we promise your child will be 5x better or we’ll give you $2,000.

Q. How does the guarantee work?

We test your child when she or he attends the first class; we call this the pre-test. If your child doesn’t improve by a minimum of 5x after completing four levels (which takes about 14 months – or about 20 months for a child who joins at the junior level) and without taking a break longer than 2 weeks (when we retest your child), we will refund you $2,000. That’s nearly the cost of the classes required through those four levels.

Q. Does your program cost more than other tutoring programs?

SIP Abacus’ classes cost $28 each. And our classes are 75-90 minutes long. Many other programs charge $60-64 per 60-minute lesson.

Q. How many students are in each class?

We cap our classes at 12 students so that each one gets special attention. The cap for online classes is 6 students to ensure that we can deliver the same quality.

Q. How long does each class last?

Each classroom session is 75 minutes while each online session lasts 90 minutes.

Q. How does the batch class system work?

Children ages 7 to 12 start in a “batch” classroom of six to twelve kids, irrespective of their age. The group starts learning how to use the abacus and doing Maths on the abacus. They begin with easy equations, such as “What is 1+2?”. This batch then moves through the various levels over time. If a child was to take a month-long holiday, he or she will then be assigned to a new “batch,” which started a month later than this child’s original batch class to ensure he or she stays on the same level. Learning is sequential, and unlike school, you don't directly go to a higher level like Foundation Level 2 – regardless of the child’s age.

Q. What is the progression of classes at SIP Abacus?

Children ages 5.5 to 7 begin with Junior Abacus. This level takes about 10 to 11 months. Children between 7 and 8 years may begin with either the Junior Abacus or Foundation Level 1, depending on their numerical proficiency and concentration skills. Children older than age 8 will begin at Foundation Level 1, which takes 4-5 months to complete.

Then, children progress through Foundations 2, 3 and 4, and it takes 3-4 months to complete each level. Then, the child moves onto Advanced 1, 2, 3 and 4 (taking 3-4 months to complete each Advanced level), and then finally, through Grand Modules 1, 2 and 3 (with each module taking 4-5 months to complete).

Q. How do I know what class to start my child in?

All children start in either Foundation 1 (for children above age 7) or Junior Abacus (for children above age 5.5).

Q. What fees do you charge?

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $120. Students will need course materials at the beginning of each level (a set of three workbooks), which is $40. Every two weeks, you’ll be charged $112 for the four classes scheduled during that fortnight. This includes the 1 free makeup session per month.

Q. What is Abacus Junior?

This is a programme designed specifically for children ages 5.5 to 8 years old. Because younger children have a different pace of learning, this programme meets their unique learning needs while providing foundational building blocks for learning ability.

Q. My child is good at Maths. How will he benefit from SIP Abacus?

Abacus is a tool used to perform basic arithmetic operations. Your child will acquire systematic learning skills from the SIP Abacus that will help him do sums faster, while improving in areas like concentration, visual memory, numerical ability, listening, self confidence and retention recall – skills that are essential for your child’s success.

Q. My child is not good at Maths. What improvement can we expect from SIP Abacus?

At SIP Abacus, numbers are seen as beads and not as an abstract concept. This approach makes it easier and interesting for kids to learn basic arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The methodology also removes the fear of numbers, and makes children willing to confidently attempt any mathematical problem. In addition, your child will develop concentration, visual memory, and better listening skills. You will be able to see significant improvement in your child within about 6-8 months after joining the program.

Q. Why is learning SIP Abacus important when children can use a calculator to do maths?

The SIP Abacus programme develops the child’s learning abilities, which in turn, helps her achieve in all areas of life. Sure, your child could learn to perform math calculations on a calculator, but that specific action won’t improve your child’s ability to concentrate, remember visually, improve numerical ability, or listen or recall. Our programme develops all of these skills, which will help your child in every activity she participates in.

Q. What types of children are best suited for the programme?

SIP Abacus will help three types of children: Students who are currently struggling or are behind in their studies will catch up with their peers through our program. Average students who aren’t performing to their full potential can enroll in the SIP Abacus programme to excel. Students who are already very smart can use SIP Abacus to advance even more!

Q. Do you offer English/Science classes too?

SIP Abacus is a brain development program. It doesn’t specifically focus on English, Science or Math, but rather, we focus on the child’s learning ability, which your child can then transfer to and use in nearly any activity imaginable: learning a musical instrument, excelling in maths, English, science or any other topic in school, and much more!

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