How to Quickly Square any 2-digit Number Mentally

The above video by Mathemagician Art Benjamin shows an ingenious way of squaring any 2-digit numbers easily without a calculator. If you practice and master this technique, it serves as an amusing and fanciful trick to "show off" to you friends! Besides, it is also a good way to train your mental arithmetic skills. Some examples that depicts his technique: Pre-requisite to the trick: You have to be proficient in multiplying a 2 digit by 1 digit number mentally. Mathematics Be

Math Fail! When Students Give Up on Math! (Part 2)

This is a continuation of a previous post Math Fail! When Students Give Up on Math! (Part 1) 1) Show your work! A picture speaks a thousand words! 2) The terrorist problem is real 3) Nice try! 4) Valiant attempt in getting more marks during exams! 5) That is a valid reason! 6) If Sir Issac Newton says it is correct, then it is correct. 7) That is one ugly giraffe 8) Harry Potter and Math don't really mix very well To get professional help (Math tuition) on secondary school ma

Math Fail! When Students Give Up on Math! (Part 1)

1) Our tutor said that Math is the solution to all problems! 2) When in doubt, just make an educated guess! 3) You can find the solution to most of your household math problems in the supermarket! 4) Teachers are humans too :) 5) Always follow instructions during math exams! 6) Always show your working clearly! 7) A death threat ain't gonna work on your math teacher! 8) Giving up! Continue to the next part! Math Fail! When Students Give Up on Math! (Part 2) To get professiona

24 Ways to Avoid Making Careless Mistakes during Math Exams

1) Silly mistakes are not silly! Take it seriously!
The fact that you are reading this article means that you are taking this issue seriously. Please do not ever sweep it away as “just another silly mistake”. Instead, do your corrections, beat yourself up a little as the discomfort will train yourself to watch out for it. 2) Check your work by substituting final answers back into original equation.
For any problem that involves solving equations (be it algebraic, simultaneo

O-Levels E-Math: Number Patterns and Sequences

Number Patterns is one of the chapters in O-level E-Math where students rarely have 100% confidence of getting it right during the exams. Most Singaporean students are pretty good at identifying patterns and have no problem spotting the logic behind each sequence. However, the difficulty often lies in coming up with a formula or an equation that expresses the Nth-term of the number sequence in terms of n. Since every pattern is different, some students do not rely on formulas

True Story of an Inspiring Student

Today's post is dedicated to one of the most inspiring students that I have met in my many years of teaching experience! I hope you will be inspired by her too! When I first started tutoring math many years ago, I met an insanely impressive student who truly inspired me. It wasn’t her intelligence but her dedication and discipline that I respected. Sarah (Not her real name) joined my math tuition class at the end of secondary 3 when she failed her end of year math exams in se