Course Benefits

Abacus Maths; the Smart Brain way

The Smart Brain Abacus Maths programme has been tried, tested and proven to increase children's skills and knowledge in maths, science, reasoning, language, arts, and critical thinking. At the heart of the success of the Smart Brain programme is the principle of soroban (abacus) visualisation. It is the basis for the most integrated and holistic type of learning available, requiring full integration of all of the brain's major processes.


How Smart Brain will benefit your child

During the preliminary levels, you will note in your child the following attributes:

  • Fine Motor control expands when moving the beads
  • Association and recognition is enhanced when the soroban is applied to problems
  • Memory and concentration levels are significantly improved
  • Confidence, especially with numbers increases


During the more advanced levels, you will notice the following attributes:

  • Visualisation and memory improve as the child stops using the soroban and relies on a mental picture of the instrument
  • Thinking improves as the child counts the beads in their mental picture
  • Concentration improves as the child completes the entire process successfully and quickly


What is Abacus Maths Training?

The general perception about Abacus Maths is that it is all about numbers and speed. However, real maths is the combination of mental arithmetic and the science of logic. As well as focus and concentration, the Smart Brain method of calculation develops synergy of left and right brain.

The table below shows which part of the brain is stimulated when we perform different processes:

Left Brain Right Brain
Logical Random
Sequential Intuitive
Rational Holistic
Analysis Synthesis
Objective Subjective
Parts Whole
Verbal Non-verbal
Language Rhythm
Logic Imagination
The left hand side of the brain serves as the logical portion of the brain. We learn how to solve problems in a sequential or logical fashion. One purpose that the right side of the brain serves is conceptualisation. Conceptualisation allows us to see the bigger picture. Using an analogy of putting together a jigsaw puzzle, the left side of the brain would help to fit the individual pieces of the puzzle together, while the right side of the brain would try to view or conceptualize how the puzzle would look in its entirety. Conceptualisation is the key to problem solving and crucial in developing positive learning skills for the long term.

How will a child benefit from Abacus Maths training?

1. Master mental maths skills shortly after beginning Smart Brain, in the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (including long multiplication and long division).
2. Mind will become more agile and alert and thus problem solving capability is developed.
3. Profound improvement in concentration
4. Skills of observation become more acute
5. Sound judgement is developed
6. Self-confidence is enhanced
7. Right brain development is brought to parity with the left brain

What Is The Best Age For A Child To Have Abacus Maths

According to surveys carried out, children who have mental maths training will have a better understanding of concepts and knowledge than those who have not. Their learning capability will be established and developed earlier. Their performance will be faster than children of the same age. Therefore, the best age for children to have mental maths training is from 5 to 12 years old. We have devised a shorter programme for younger children, as young as 4 years old, known as "Springboard level".
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