Synchronize the brain with magical mathematics

Based on 10 years’ research and experience, there had been a steady decline in students’ interest for science-related subjects especially mathematics. According to the Malaysian Examination Board, a total of 69,974(18%) students in Malaysia failed in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Modern Mathematics 2018 and increased to 71,798(18.6%) in year 2019. About 26.1% (100,749) of students scored marks between 40 – 49 in SPM Modern Mathematics 2018. The concept and methods taught in school are great but they didn’t develop the brain holistically. The one-sided teaching method using the monotonous procedure creates boredom and lead to lost interest in the subject and slowly turning students away from mathematics  

SMK Seri Pantai students attending Brain-Synchro

With the bad effects of pandemic of COVID-19 across nationwide, students with low grade in mathematics from poor family requires critical support for guidance. Since economic downturn during the pandemic, poor parents have been struggling and worrying about their children future. The selected students are from ‘Bottom 40′(B40) families as their parents not economically afford to send them for tuition or any other personal development program at this point of time. Students are in need of new methodology to regain the interest, skills and confidence for their upcoming SPM 2020 Examination in first – quarter of year 2021. With the support of Yayasan Hasanah and PRIHATIN, Pertubuhan Magik Matematik(PMM) is currently conducting Brain-Synchro SPM program; aim to improve 100 underperforming students from poor families(B40 group) get passing marks or even higher for SPM mathematics performance in SPM mathematics.

Initially, Brain-Synchro SPM is a 6-month program planned from June 2020 to December 2020, but has been extended to the February 2021. The program covers 5 locations around Kuala Lumpur which are Kepong, Sentul, Setapak, Cheras and Bangsar. The PMM provides weekly classes for the students of each location. The weekly class is held for 2 hours. There were provided with lunch and tea-break before and after the class. For the first 30 minutes, they are taught mental calculation techniques which stimulate both sides of their brains and ultimately lighting a spark in their interest to learn mathematics.

Students from Kepong undergoing counselling session

Then, the class switches to SPM mathematics for the last 1 hour and 30 minutes. In addition to that, we also provide online classes for them. Similar to physical classes, online classes are done on a weekly basis but only for 1 hour per class. The content of the module delivered via physical and online sessions. Tutorial videos of mental calculation questions were developed to reach students at their comfort via WhatsApp and Google Classroom: brain-synchro@mathsmagics.org . We shared tutorial videos via WhatsApp after each of the physical lesson. We conducted online sessions via Google Meet. The online classes are meant for the students to revise quickly what they learned in the physical class.

Students from Cheras attending online class

Besides that, we provide pandemic counselling sessions for the students as well. Partnered with great counsellors, we aim to make sure our students are well both physically and mentally. At the end of the program, Olympiad Test to be conducted to assess the performance of the students as well as honoring the high-achievers.  

Due to the multiple COVID-19 outbreaks and enforcement of CMCO that affect the program, the initial plan has been changed. Adapting is the greatest feat during the pandemic. During CMCO, we have transitioned to online classes that has been helpful towards preparation for the SPM 2020 exam.

With SPM being postponed until February 2021, we are we are extending the duration of this program and confident to complete the project successfully. The beneficiaries are given full support and guidance as much as we can before they sit for the exam. We are determined to help change the lives of our 100 students. For more updates on the programme , like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mathsmagics.org.