What is "image abacus"?
Image Abacus is a method of mental calculation based on the principles of abacus calculation. A virtual image of the abacus is formed in the mind and used to perform calculations at highly accelerated speed.
How long does it take to learn?
The Image Abacus System consists of ten levels. Level 10 is the novice level, and level 1 is the most advanced. The training takes approximately 4 - 5 years to complete. Normally, dramatic improvement in math capability is evident after only the first year, when the student has achieved level 8 or 7.
How does image abacus differ from the arithmetic traditionally taught in school?
The difference between image abacus calculation and traditional methods is profound, but difficult to summarize. Image abacus calculation relies upon the manipulation of an image rather than the arithmetic processes with which we are familiar. Thus it is able to draw upon right-brain resources, resulting in dramatically increased speeds. Details of the process are best understood by attending one of our seminars.
What is the best age to start?
Most children start this program between ages 6 - 12. The optimal age to start is 6 - 10, because the brain cells are vigorously learning which connections to keep and which to discard. As well, between the ages of 4 to 10, the brain is super active. At about age 15 or so, half the connections will have died off, leaving about 500 trillion that remain fairly constant through most of our life spans. Also, children over the age of 15 may have a steeper learning curve before experiencing the full benefits of our system.
My child is not good at math at all. What kind of improvement can I expect?
Because the training method of image abacus differs so greatly from that of traditional mathematics, a lack of ability in traditional math does not predict any less success in the program. On the contrary, some of the most successful students have been those who previously experienced difficulty in this subject. If a student is dedicated to the program, receives strong parental support and encouragement, and persists through the initial training period, then dramatic improvement is guaranteed.
Our confidence in the program we offer is supported by a guarantee. For details, please contact an ABS location.
My child is an A student in math. Is there a benefit to his learning image abacus?
A student who has already demonstrated advanced ability in mathematics will benefit greatly from learning the image abacus method. Relieved of the mechanics of arithmetic calculation, the student will be able to devote full attention to more advanced concepts both in mathematics and in other subject areas.
How challenging is this program? How much effort will be required from my child?
To put it simply, this is a challenging program. However, history has shown that very few students withdraw from the program until a basic proficiency, and the associated dramatic improvement in ability, is achieved. This is largely due to the extremely positive reinforcement that a child receives as the program begins to take effect. A positive cycle of achievement and the enhanced self-esteem that comes from accomplishment begins early and sustains the child through the significant effort that is required.
In case of snowstorm or other reasons my child miss a class, what should i do?
Give us a call if possible, and make-up class can be arranged before or after.