# Wallace’s Corner: Area

In this first instalment of Wallace’s corner, I tackle a question posed by one parent. It’s a seemingly easy P5/6 question on area. However, due to the many steps involved many students may get this wrong. Also it requires lateral thinking, i.e. solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately[…]

# Cheryl’s Age

The professor who came up with the question on Cheryl’s birthday wants us to guess her age now. ****SPOILER ALERT**** If you don’t want to spend your weekend wrecking brains our the brat Cheryl’s age, our Maths expert Wallace has the solution here. Enjoy! Step 1: The product of all our ages is 144 A,[…]

# What is Cheryl’s Birthday?

Kennethjianwen shared this question on his Facebook page and it went viral. To be sure, MOE has clarified this WON’T be a PSLE question. Still it is a fun logic question. This is the solution. Did you get it right? First we need to figure out if Albert knows the month or the day. If he[…]

# Tough Maths problem

This is a very tough question. Try this and see if you can solve it without using algebra. Andy, Betty, Candy and Danny each have some money. The amount of money Andy has is 1/3 of the total amount of money Betty, Candy and Danny have. The amount of money Betty has is 1/4 of[…]

# Maths tip: How many boys were there?

This is a tough question that helps with a bit of guessing (yes guess and check is a valid method). “In a school, the ratio of the number of pupils who wear glasses to the number of pupils who do not wear glasses is 11 : 5. 2/3 of the boys and 7/10 of the[…]

# March Holiday Programme

The March school holidays are here soon and we are planning exciting programmes for you! Check out what we are offering! Monday March 16 – Friday March 20  Upper-Primary Intensive Composition Writing (12-2pm) -We teach the latest three-picture composition format, explain how to tackle it and provide intensive exercises for the entire March holiday. –[…]

# How to Memorise Multiplication Tables

We try to encourage creative learning and shy away from rote learning in our teaching. I am teaching multiplication to my P3 and P4 kids and they need to memorise multiplication tables. Memorising is not at all fun, yet essential. Most importantly, it allows the student to focus on understanding and solving the problem, rather[…]

# Teaching you to be Exam-smart

A lot of parents are aware that we focus a lot on fun games to get students interested in our classes. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. However, all play and no work makes Jack a dumb boy! Besides the games, we reinforce concepts in classes too. More importantly, we guide[…]

# Happy News

It’s our job to teach and to help whenever we can. Of course, when we know we did make a difference, that would totally make our day. One of the students texted me today just to thank me for teaching him the use of the ratio cross multiply two weeks ago. It was a five-mark[…]

# Bring Maths to Life

Can you guess what these are for? I was teaching my P3/4 students fractions last Saturday and it was easier to illustrate how they work if the children can visualise the concepts. You can use materials found in your home for such experiments too! Every week I try to use different games and such tests[…]