Where should I send my children for extra Math help?  Is there any place in the city that teaches logic Math?

If your child is performing poorly in Maths and is unable to solve any of the Maths problems, parents start to think of sending her to a math center after school so that she can keep up with her peers.  Since Math is one of the most important subjects that indicate success in the future, bringing your child to an extra math class to help her review the concepts that she struggles with is not a bad idea.  As we all know, all the kids in your classroom do not master skills simultaneously.  Some may get it the same day you teach it, while others may get it a few weeks later.  If you don’t have time to give your child extra math help at home, the right centers will give your kids sufficient practice in the areas they need versus random activities.  In addition, learning centers can be used to give students an extension activity to build upon what they already know and connect it to the next skill that will be taught.

But where, and how to know which is the right learning center or extra math class to place your child in?  To save you from wasting money, time, and patience, in this article, we compile a list of 10 learning centers in Ho Chi Minh city that teach Math. 

1.Mathnasium

Mathnasium, headquartered in the U.S, is a global chain of professional and experienced Math learning centers for children aged 4 – 15.  Mathnasium Method has been designed and developed by Larry Martinek – an American Math Professor.  Mathnasium Method has been applied in a number of public and private schools, as well as Math learning centers across the U.S. over the last 40 years.  Mathnasium Vietnam began operating in HCM City in March 2011.  They are now having more than 20 learning centers across the country.

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • The learning plan is customized to address each student’s needs
  • Textbooks and homework available in both English and Vietnamese
  • Their monopoly ability assessment test pinpoints learning strengths and weaknesses of students
  • They have proprietary teaching materials so students can not take home or copy. Your student leaves all of his work there.
  • Lack of interaction with classmates: students spend most of their time working on their own problems and raising their hands if they get stuck.
  • Do not have Math courses for high school students.
2. Kumon

Kumon is an after-school education provider that specializes in an after-school math and reading programs for preschool to high school students.  They apply the teaching model franchised from Japanese, where children are given the opportunity to attend Kumon centers twice each week throughout the year for approximately 20-30 minutes per subject and complete daily assignments at home on non-center days.

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • Enhance the self-learning ability of children from an early age
  • Worksheets are broken down the mathematical process in such manageable units so that students can do most of the work independently
  • Individual instruction for each student to learn at her own pace
  • Kumon’s teaching method is based on repetition: Practice makes perfect. Children repetitively do a series of worksheets for many times, all while being timed. Therefore, students can do math problems very quickly, but they don’t get the “Why” behind the concept. 
  • Students at Kumon can be super fast at arithmetic, yet the school doesn’t cover that much of problem-solving, 
  • Lack of interaction and fun activities
  • Do not have Math courses for high school students.
3. UCMAS

UCMAS is an after-school Math program based on Mental Math and Abacus for children aged 4-14 years.  The program is based on the ancient, simple but powerful Abacus tool that provides countable beads for children to visualize numbers.   Children learn to manipulate those beads to perform arithmetic calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Highlights for parents to consider:

    • Effective for children to develop an inclination towards numbers and become comfortable in complex calculations.
    • The UCMAS program incorporates and enhances Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic/Tactile learning styles in each child.  The abacus method teaches children to gradually visualize beads & calculate in their brains. 
    • The program does not focus that much on reading skills, thus students may find difficulties when moving on to learn different concepts of Math, such as word problems or geometry.
    • Do not have Math courses for high school students.

 

4. Everest Education 

Everest Education is an after-school learning center founded by Harvard and Stanford graduates.  Everest offers Math and English enrichment courses, test prep, college admissions consulting, private tutoring, as well as camps to students from Grade 1 to Grade 12  through the network of learning centers, partner schools, and online. All courses at Everest are taught in English 100%, thus will be the best fit for students in international, bilingual, integrated programs, as well as those who want to study in an international environment.

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • Teach Math in English: students learn Math and improve their English skills at the same time
  • Apply Singapore Math methodology – CPA method – in every lesson: students master math concepts throughout 3 stages Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract
  • Students learn to apply Math in their real life
  • Provide advanced Math and test prep courses such as SAT, IGCSE, IB…
  • Provide online Math courses for provincial students and students who don’t have the chance to learn offline
  • Customize study plan for each student – students can learn at their own plan
  • Do not have Math courses for kindergarten and young primary children.
  • Students need to have basic English skills to sit in classes, otherwise, they will have to do tutoring.
5. Abacus Master

Pretty similar to UCMAS, Abacus Master teaches young students to do mental math calculations based on the Soroban abacus method.  Abacus Master Vietnam is a franchise of the global Abacus Master system, which presents in more than 27 countries.  AbacusMaster’s curriculum includes computer-based visualization practice and exams which will accelerate and strengthen student’s capability of visualizing abacus movements in their mind.

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • Abacus Master’s program has been authorized and became popular in many countries, especially effective for children who need to sharpen concentration and memory skills.
  • Children master basic math operations and can do mental math very rapidly without calculators.
  • The curriculum is divided into different levels 
  • Flexible learning timeline and schedule
  • Suitable for primary and early middle schoolers only.  Students may need to find a different place to study when it comes to more complex Math concepts such as trigonometry, vector, or function… 
6. IMATHS

IMATHS is a brand-new Math program under ILA – teaching logic math for students from 4 to 10 years old. IMATHS program is designed to develop students in 5 key areas: Intelligence (IQ), Emotion (EQ), Social skills (SQ), Creativity (CQ), and Language (LQ).

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • Teach Math in English: students learn Math and improve their English skills at the same time
  • Curriculum is designed based on Cambridge textbooks
  • Student can practice Math online on IXL website
  • Apply CPA method: students master math concepts throughout 3 stages Concrete – Pictorial – AbstracT
  • Do not have Math courses for secondary and high school students
7. Intertu

Intertu is an after-school educational tutoring learning center that offers many academic courses and test prep for all students who are studying in international, bilingual schools, integrated programs, and have the plan to study abroad.  Their courses include IB – AP – A-level – IGCSE exam preparation courses, SSAT – SAT – ACT – GMAT – GRE exam preparation courses, teacher training courses…

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • Curricula at Intertu Education spread out in many fields.  Their courses are designed specifically compatible with training programs of international schools in Vietnam.
  • Suitable for international school students who want to prepare for international certificates such as SAT, ACT, IB, AP… or college students who want to take GRE, GMAT
  • Flexible learning timeline and schedule
  • Class format is not available, students need to learn 1x1 with their tutors, or learn in small groups if they can find any classmates to join them.
8. Izumi

IZUMI is the Japanese education learning system for children from 4 – 12 years old.  This is a franchise educational model from Japan, which came into operation in Vietnam since 2015. Their courses focus on these 4 following subject areas:
– Magic Cube – Multi-Dimensional Thinking
– Proactive Japanese – Active Japanese
– Active Power – Reading Enlightenment Wisdom
– Nippon Math – Active Intelligence Math

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • Apply Japanese teaching philosophy for children – kids can learn logical math, creative thinking in a very disciplined, independent way.
  • Customized learning for each student – students can learn at their own pace.
  • In addition to Math, Izumi also teaches active reading and Japanese for young students.
  • Suitable for primary and early middle schoolers only. Students may need to find a different place to study when it comes to more complex Math concepts such as trigonometry, vector, or function… 
  • Do not have Math courses for high school students.
9. American Skills

American Skills is the educational learning center system that followed the American teaching style and curriculum.  They offer Math, Vietnamese enrichment, social skill, and online English courses for students from kindergarten to secondary levels.  

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • Their Math program – Avits Math (IXL) is designed based on the U.S. Common Core Standards.
  • Customize study plan for each student – students can learn at their own plan.
  • Math concepts are introduced through tangible objects, visualized pictures, and fun activities to help students enjoy learning Math.
  • The program does not focus that much on reading skills, thus students may find difficulties when moving on to learn different concepts of Math, such as word problems or geometry.
  • Do not have Math courses for high school students.
10. Brain Talent

Brain Talent is another learning center system applied Japanese Math teaching method – Abacus. They provide abacus math training and logic Math courses for students from 4 to 12 years old. The program is most suitable for children from 1st to 6th grade – the “golden time” to develop foundation mental math and logic skills. 

Highlights for parents to consider:

  • Children master basic math operations and can do mental math very rapidly without calculators
  • Flexible learning timeline and schedule
  • Customize study plan for each student – students can learn at their own plan.
  • Do not have Math courses for high school students.
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