# Arc of Math - Methodology

## Learn using a system of habits - a structured and efficient way to tackle secondary school Math.

### Spent a long time studying and yet you don't get the result?

The problem is that many students use the same approach to study for all Math topics, when truth is, different topics require different learning approaches. The result? Students spend a long time studying and yet not getting their desired result.

### Phase I: Identifying the Core - Concept Core VS Formula Core

Fundamentally, every topic can be identified as either concept-core or formula-core and based on this, we can target the topic with the right approach and master it in a shorter period of time.

Concept-Core Topic

Concept-Core topics first require that students gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts before applying any formulas. Any amount of practice would not be useful if the understanding of the concepts are missing.

Formula-Core Topics

On the other hand, Formula-Core topics require little prior knowledge. With sufficient drilling of different questions, students can master the skill to accurately apply each formula.

### Phase II: Training a Habit Loop - Habit of Mind & Habit of Hand

We train students to spot clues in questions and the routines to execute. The routines could be a mental routine for concept-core questions or a physical routine for formula-core questions.

Concept-Core X Habit of Mind

Concept-core questions expects students to apply relevant concepts step by step and form a plan to solve. Our programme put our students through brainstorming sessions weekly, and lots of questioning in class to train them to activate particular concepts when they spot certain clues.

Formula-Core X Habit of Hand

Formula-core questions tends to be repetitive and the application of formulas form the basis of solving each question. We put students through repetitive drilling to a variety of questions such that they would be able to spot patterns among the questions, and choose the right formula to apply.