# Math is the most valuable skill of the future

Written by Nikhil Pawar

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In a data rich world, math is the most valuable skill

Increasingly jobs are being automated. This is true not just for blue collar jobs, but increasingly true for white collar jobs as well e.g. Financial trading or surgery or medical diagnostics. In the future the high paying jobs are more likely to involve determining what needs to be done rather than do it. And in a data rich world math is key to understanding and using the data.

Early Math skills are the best predictor of future career success

Math is not just a subject. It is one of the most important skills to pick up early. Many studies including a study by the University of California, Berkeley have consistently suggested that Good early math skills are the most reliable indicators of future success.

Greg Duncan from University of California commented “We found that only three of the school-entry measures predicted subsequent academic success: early reading, early math and attention skills, with early math skills being most consistently predictive,”

These studies confirm that Math skills which combine conceptual and procedural competencies are the most powerful predictor of subsequent achievement and attainment

Math is not arithmetic; it is the language of problem solving

Often Math is confused with Arithmetic. Math is much more than Arithmetic. Arithmetic or number operations is just one part of Math, one branch of Math.

Math is much more. Topics like Albegra, Calculus, Probability, Set theory, Trigonometry, Number theory, Game theory and more are all a part of Math. By learning these topics we train the mind to think logically. Math is the language of thinking and problem solving.

Math helps you develop aptitude skills for later life

Every Math problem involves context, determining the knowns and unknowns. Often they could be ill defined. In math, unlike arithmetic there could be many answers. Many answers like in the real world. And this is tested as “Aptitude” in later life in various exams.  The best way to build “Aptitude” is through math puzzles and games. Which is why at Cuemath every kid is given a logical puzzle to solve every day. A puzzle a day helps build the aptitude your child will need a few years later.

How is Cuemath different from Other Math classes or Tuitions ?

There are no blackboards, no broadcast, instead teachers work with students 1:1

Unlike a normal classroom, the teacher does not teach using a blackboard. There is no time spent on lectures to the entire class. Instead, each student is on their individual learning journey. The teacher works with each student to explain concepts, do activities and help solve doubts.  This ensures that each child gets individual attention, they learn faster, they learn better.

A Cuemath teacher works like a personal coach, personalised.

A Cuemath teacher is trained very differently than a teacher in school. A Cuemath teacher trained to probe, and help each student individually. The Cuemath teacher is more like a personal trainer, like a coach. All interactions in class are 1:1 with the student. And we all know when a child gets attention from a teacher, they solve doubts faster, they learn faster, learn better.

Because a Class has only 6 children at any time

In order to give personal attention, a class at cuemath is only 6 students at a time. This allows for maximum attention to every child, instant doubt clearing and faster learning. The teacher has enough time to give the right attention to every child.

Unlike Math tuitions that focused on just practice, Cuemath builds aptitude

Every Math problem involves context, determining the knowns and unknowns. Often they could be ill defined. In math, unlike arithmetic a problem needs to be “decoded”, not just simply solved. This ability to decode the problem is tested as “Aptitude” in later life in various exams.

The best way to build “Aptitude” is through math puzzles and games. Which is why at Cuemath every kid is given a logical puzzle to solve every day. A puzzle a day helps build the aptitude your child will need a few years later.

Some math programs are focused on Arithmetic only. Cuemath is holistic.

Every Math Programs are focused on Arithmetic only. They promise faster calculations. But that is a very limited goal. The bigger challenge in maths is always to understand what to do? Which concept, Technique or Formula to apply? All important exams like the higher grades, IIT and other  Aptitude exam test for understanding and application of math principles. Not just arithmetic.

We believe that Arithmetic is important but just one part of math. Math includes many other topics like Fractions, Number operations, Algebra, Trigonometry, Probability, Calculus and so on. Math is much more than just another school subject.

Being good at Math is the best way to learn problem solving. What are the givens? What to solve for?, not just how to calculate. Math is the language of problem solving and in a data rich world, math skills will be essential to every valuable job.

So at Cuemath we believe in covering not just arithmetic but all topics in Math, holistically to build a foundation that lasts.

Some math apps offer Only video solutions on demand. In addition cuemath has a teacher.

We think Video solutions are good, but not enough. Not good enough to deliver results. Unlike a pre recorded video a teacher can adapt to the needs of the student instantly. Video apps deal with concepts and practice but lack the personalised attention to a student from a teacher. Also since a teacher can clear doubts instantly, the learning with a teacher is faster and better.

Learn math, by doing, never forget.

Every concept in cuemath is taught using an activity first. When students do an activity they understand a concept better, in a way that they can never forget it. If children only read about a concept and memorise the formula they will forget it sooner or later. A simple example is to teach the child that mathematics is nothing but repeated addition. Once children understand this concept, they become good at tables. But focusing only on tables, relies on just memorization, which can make learning weak and children uninterested as well.

Math is made fun through games, daily

In each class the student learns math through Games. The teacher uses a tablet on which the child plays 3 different games, and speed practice in each class.  Time (speed) and accuracy are calculated, and used to reward the student and give real time feedback to the parent.

And puzzles in every class

In every cuemath class every child is given a puzzle. In every class a different puzzle card is given to the student as homework. This puzzle is “unstructured” and can incorporate more than one concept and sometimes have more than one answer. This develops a child’s reasoning capability by as much as 2x within a year.

Daily Math Practice at home, Just 10 min a day helps

Apart from this, a student can optionally do daily math practice on an app. This feature is called the “Math Gym”. The app is designed to deliver much much higher proficiency with Just 10 minutes a day and can be downloaded for free on the app store.

How long does Cuemath take to deliver results?

Cuemath builds results but improving the fundamentals, it is not a crash course

Cuemath improves math ability by focusing on conceptual understanding. Each concept is explained using an activity.

9/10 Students exam results improve after 6 months,  Say parents

Every Math Programs are focused on Arithmetic only. They promise faster calculations. But that is a very limited goal. The bigger challenge in maths is always to understand what to do? Which concept, Technique or Formula to apply? All important exams like the higher grades, IIT and other  Aptitude exam test for understanding and application of math principles. Not just arithmetic.

We believe that Arithmetic is important but just one part of math. Math includes many other topics like Fractions, Number operations, Algebra, Trigonometry, Probability, Calculus and so on.     Math is much more than just another school subject.

Being good at Math is the best way to learn problem solving. What are the givens? What to solve for?, not just how to calculate. Math is the language of problem solving and in a data rich world, math skills will be essential to every valuable job.

So at Cuemath we believe in covering not just arithmetic but all topics in Math, holistically to build a foundation that lasts.

94% of kids don’t fear math, after 6 months, Say parents

We think Video solutions are good, but not enough. Not good enough to deliver results. Unlike a pre recorded video a teacher can adapt to the needs of the student instantly. Video apps deal with concepts and practice but lack the personalised attention to a student from a teacher. Also since a teacher can clear doubts instantly, the learning with a teacher is faster and better.

4 out of 5, kids get a top rank in IMO

A Cuemath teacher is trained very differently than a teacher in school. A Cuemath teacher trained to probe, and help each student individually. The Cuemath teacher is more like a personal trainer, like a coach. All interactions in class are 1:1 with the student. And we all know when a child gets attention from a teacher, they solve doubts faster, they learn faster, learn better.

Attendance is key

In order to give personal attention, a class at cuemath is only 6 students at a time. This allows for maximum attention to every child, instant doubt clearing and faster learning. The teacher has enough time to give the right attention to every child.