To develop Matrix Math's programme, extensive research was conducted on top school examination papers to understand how different concepts are applied and tested in word problems.
Each basic concept has many ‘sub-concepts’ that can be implemented in a word problem to test the student’s understanding. For example, under the basic concept of ‘Part & Whole’, there are more than 10 different ‘sub-concepts’ to further complicate a problem.
As a result, there is no one method that can be used to solve all questions of the same concept.
Identifying the appropriate method to use for each word problem is more challenging as concepts and sub-concepts can be tested in different topics in various ways to test the student. To address this, we have simplified the problem-solving process by categorizing each concept and tagging the best methods to solve each category of concept. These methods will be taught to all students throughout the course.
Matrix Math's workbooks are specially designed in accordance with the latest MOE syllabus by our programme trainers to systematically learn the methods to tackle heuristic and complex word problems. Every Matrix Math workbook has been reviewed and tested to ensure the relevance and suitability of these workbooks in preparing students for the PSLE.
From our teaching experience, students are unable to handle word problems as the tested concepts are masked by ‘stories’ made up of ‘tricky’ English sentence structures. We believe that by learning to identify the concepts “hidden” within word problems and adopting the appropriate methods for solving these problems, all students will do well in Mathematics.
Learning problem-solving methods is essential, but there are limitations. Students are often unable to put the methods they've learned to good use. Teaching students effective problem-solving skills involve training them to have a thought process whereby problem sums are solved systematically and efficiently.
The Matrix Method thought process can be put into 5 simple steps.
Step 1: Recording of data
Step 2: Common base
Step 3: Identify the value
Step 4: Solving 1 unit
Step 5: Read the question again
You may make an appointment with any of our centers to see a demonstration of how the Matrix Method thought the process is used to solve complex heuristic problem sums in just 5 simple steps.