Seriously Addictive Math (S.A.M) is based on the world renowned Singapore Math curriculum. It is a global top-ranking curriculum according to international surveys by TIMSS (Trends in International Math & Science Study) and PISA (Program for International Student Assessment).
Seriously Addictive English (S.A.E) is based on UK's leading after-school English program. It uses a structured phonics approach and an integrated literacy skills curriculum to help children read fluently and write confidently.
S.A.M was founded in Singapore in 2010 to address the challenges faced by children in school systems with large class sizes and a one-size-fits-all approach.
Our "Thinking Math" program is developed by a team of former schoolteachers and textbook publishers with the aim to prepare your child to be true critical thinkers and problem solvers. The program customizes a learning plan to suit your child’s level and pace in a small class size.
We start with a comprehensive diagnostic assessment to pinpoint your child’s current level of Math understanding and to prescribe a personalized learning plan. This approach helps your child learn Math better by developing Math understanding and thinking skills instead of rote memorization and drilling. With S.A.M’s two-pillared approach of hands-on classroom engagement and comprehensive worksheet reinforcement, your child will develop a strong Math foundation and problem-solving skills to solve challenging word problems efficiently.
A coaching approach and fun activities to learn new concepts will keep your child motivated and confident. Your child will also develop self-discipline and good study habits to learn in class and at home.
Making Math fun and easy to understand
S.A.M trainers use the coaching approach to facilitate understanding, instead of the typical “tell and give knowledge” method. They engage children with dialogue, probing questions and a lot of encouragement. Your child is encouraged to discover solutions instead of being spoon-fed.
During lessons, S.A.M trainers use the highly effective 3-stage Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach to teach Math concepts. Interesting hands-on activities are used to introduce new topics to your child in an engaging and meaningful way. They also explicitly teach your child the 12 problem-solving heuristics and the 4-step problem-solving process to solve word problems efficiently.
S.A.M trainers do not simply impart Mathematical knowledge to your child but also inculcate the right learning attitude and self-discipline to prepare your child to succeed beyond school.
Developing mastery and independence
Meticulously designed by a team of former schoolteachers and textbook publishers, S.A.M worksheets are comprehensive and cover all the topics your child needs to know in order to excel in Math at school. At the beginning of each topic in S.A.M worksheets, there are detailed explanations and numerous examples to guide your child, followed by varied tasks to ensure your child understands all aspects of the topic.
For problem-solving heuristics, it starts with a description of the heuristic, how to use it to solve word problems and an example of the type of word problem that can be solved using the heuristic.
This is followed by a detailed step-by-step guide of solving a word problem using the heuristic and the 4-step process, and finally, ample practice for your child to master the heuristic.
To keep your child motivated, worksheet’s tasks are incrementally advanced so that learning is kept challenging yet achievable. The personalized learning plan ensures your child always learns at the level of difficulty and pace that is right for him or her. Your child will hone his or her Math skills and problem skills through guided practice in class and independent practice at home for consistent learning, developing mastery in Math, thinking skills and good study habits.