The Genesis of Cuemath - Vision, Philosophy, and Method
We started Cuemath with a mission in mind, the mission was to help children learn math the right way. We have learned from multiple studies that students’ performance actually declines as they progress through the years. Schools and teachers do the best job they can, but some aspects just can't be addressed without making changes to the entire educational setup. This is especially true for Math compared to other subjects.
After all, Math is not just a subject. It is a life skill. It cannot be taught like any other subject.
What does the research say?
Children learn math at school from age 4, and at least up to age 16. This should be enough to equip them well. Yet, study after study finds that students are lagging in their math proficiency. In fact, most studies point to a declining trend. Students start off doing well in grades 1 and 2 but by the time they reach grades 7 and 8, their performance drops.
So what’s going on?
Schools on their part are doing the best job possible. Some schools do this better than others. You have teachers who really put in a lot of effort to help children perform. Yet, the situation remains unchanged. There’s enough evidence now to indicate that it is neither the schools nor the teachers and definitely not the students who are to blame.
The problem is with the teaching approach that the teachers are forced to follow. Something we call the Blackboard Method.
What are the disadvantages of the Blackboard Method?
- Broadcasting lectures, or presentations, or videos to a student audience of 30, is simply ineffective. Students become passive.
- They are listening to something at a pace which doesn’t always match their learning pace.
- At the same time, large classes mean there is no time for one-to-one interactions and explanations.
No wonder students either struggle to keep up or simply get bored.
Of all subjects, this has the most detrimental effect on Math. Math is not just a subject. Unlike history or geography where the focus is largely on gathering knowledge, math is conceptual.
Furthermore, math is a life skill. You want children to apply their math knowledge in everyday life. You want them to figure out the optimum solution in a given situation. Mathematical thinking will help them out.
Math is heavily interconnected
Making things further challenging, math is interconnected. Every topic has a dependency on some other topic that may have been taught years earlier. For example,
- The concept of decimals requires a strong understanding of fractions.
- Integers require a strong foundation in whole numbers.
- Algebra depends on integers and rational numbers.
- If one is weak in algebra, then they may face problems while doing calculus or trigonometry.
So learning gaps built at an early age may manifest themselves years later when learning an advanced concept, and that is why we formulated the Cuemath way of learning.
The reason Cuemath works for your child - the Cuemath Method
In the Cuemath Method:
- Your child learns by reasoning.The focus is on helping your child actively build understanding rather than passively consume content by simply listening to lectures, presentations, or watching videos.
- One on one interaction. No peer pressure.Unlike school, the Cuemath Method does not involve broadcast teaching. Your child will get the constant attention of a single teacher throughout the class. So all interactions are one on one. In such a system, your child is freer to ask questions, without the fear of being judged for making mistakes but encouraged to learn from them.
- Just the right level of challenge.Cuemath has a personalized learning plan for each child. So if your child finds a topic easy, they have an opportunity to master it quickly, work on advanced problems, and move on to the next topic. On the other hand, if your child finds a topic challenging, then the teacher goes back to the basics. This gives your child an opportunity to bridge any learning gaps and move ahead with strong foundations.
- Cueing. No telling.All Cuemath teachers are trained and certified to cue the answers rather than simply tell the answer. The Cuemath Method encourages students to figure the answers out instead of having them spoon-fed. The teacher will nudge and give clues to help your child move ahead. This way, when your child figures out the answer, not only do they understand the concept a little better, but they also get a boost in confidence.
Furthermore, at Cuemath we understand each child and build a personalized learning plan for them.
- If the student is well ahead of their grade, they’ll move quickly through the topics, do advanced problems and move to the next grade!
- If we sense that a student has learning gaps from some previous topics, we first work on those and then proceed. This is what allows us to consistently deliver learning outcomes.
Cuemath is more intensive than school and children thus practice more than school, typically between 50 to 100% more, but in lesser time!
And we’ve seen the results:
- In 3 months, 93% of students say that they got better at Math because of Cuemath.
- As a result, in 3 to 6 months students start performing better in school. They do well in competitive exams as well.
- 3 out of 4 Cuemath students bagged the top 3 ranks at the IMO (International Math Olympiad) exams.
- Students start performing one grade ahead on aptitude skills within 4 months at Cuemath.