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                <h2>How to prepare for SSAT and elementary math contests
in Vancouver</h2>
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<p>Frank Ho and Amanda Ho</p>
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<p>Teachers at Ho Math and Chess Tutoring Centre</p>
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<p>www.mathandchess.com</p>
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<p>September 8, 2010</p>
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<p>Some parents were surprised to learn that just because a child getting
A in math at school does not mean this "A student" will automatically do
well in SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) or elementary math
contests such as PIMS being held annually at UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
As experienced math tutors and math, puzzles workbooks creators for over
16 years, we can appreciate why parents were perplexed as to why their
children could not do well. The basic reason is the math questions in
SSAT or elementary math contests do not necessarily follow the math
curriculum guidelines administered by the Ministry of Education in BC, so
under this condition it could mean some math knowledge tested in SSAT or
elementary math contests may not be familiar to some students. Especially
the SSAT lower level is being taken for all the current students from
grade 5 to grade 7 so the standard for each grade is different but it
causes some confusion to some students as to their test results. In this
case, how can a student study so the test result will be outstanding and
stands out above the crowd? There are a few factors students could do to
increase the odds of getting high percentile ranks. We list them as
follows:</p>
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<p>1. Make sure to build a solid foundation.</p>
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<p>If a student has not learned some concepts such as fractions or
percentage, we have fast track materials and method to specifically help
student to boost their marks at a very short time than it would normally
take to teach a student. If a student is at the level which is below
Vancouver, BC curriculum guideline and if the student also has mental
math ability deficiency then it would take more than a group teaching
effort to get this student up to an average level. In this case, the
group lesson may not be suitable.</p>
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<p>2. Student must have a desire to learn.</p>
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<p>Some students take SSAT preparation lessons or participate math
contests because their parents want them to. These students have no
interest in doing them, but simply obliged. In this case, they are
teachable but not effective since these students do not really care if
they understand or not. Some students will rebel to the extent that they
will treat math class as a social club and just come to chit and chat in
class whenever they can. So it is utterly important parents shall have
good talks with children before joining the class and also realizes that
SSAT and elementary math contests are not for everyone.</p>
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<p>3. Materials must match a student's background.</p>
<p>How much students have learned and how much do they know about the
subjects being tested in SPSS or UBC PIMS elementary math contests? Can
one type of teaching material be used to teach students from grade 5 to
grade 7 students when they all sit in the same classroom?</p>
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<p>The biggest problem of some of these SSAT preparation workbooks is
they all take "one size fits all" approach so all students from grade 5
to grade 7 use it, and it causes some stress and panic to parents when
they see many questions grade 5 children just could not do them. We at Ho
Math and Chess has developed some worksheets which teaches fundamentals
to grade 5 and grades 6 students and also some challenging worksheets for
grade 7 students.</p>
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<p>How are Vancouver math curriculum contents different from subjects
covered in SSAT? We have the experiences and expertise to guide students
and help them to overcome the differences.</p>
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<p>In summary, to do well in elementary math contests and SSAT, it is not
just to go to a bookstore to buy a SSAT preparation guide and work on
some problems, students needed to be guided by a very experienced and
professional teacher or tutor to conduct a thorough background check and
analyze the students' weak areas and then zero in those weak areas with
additional materials.</p>
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<p>To conduct a group lesson, it is not just to get all grades 5 to 7
students to sit in one classroom and give a lecture. The teaching
materials must be tailored to suit the backgrounds of the particular
group of students and adjust its contents accordingly.</p>
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