Benefits of Student Volunteering

Benefits Of Volunteering For Students

Getting involved in volunteering activities form a young age can reap in huge benefits on the overall development. Volunteering inculcates a sense of purpose and commitment in their life. There are various reasons why students should volunteer while they still go to school.

Invaluable Experience

Volunteering helps you gain invaluable work experience other than just finishing off your assignments and getting good grades. This gets you ahead of the pack by a long margin. There are a lot of volunteering opportunities for students which helps in developing social, technical and soft skills that is required in the job market today.

Enhanced Resume

How often have you noticed the need of work experience even with entry-level job postings? Employers prefer work experience from a candidate before hiring them. What if you don’t have that work experience? You must start somewhere! Volunteer experience comes to the rescue. Having a volunteering experience before you graduate school can work wonders for your profile and can add a great deal of substance to your resume.

Networking Opportunities

With the competition so fierce, it is a given that only skill and knowledge does not get you through. Networking and people skills play a very important role towards your path to success. It is a connected world. Do you know most jobs are filled within the inside network or recommendations? Volunteering helps you make those worthy connections at a professional level and you also make some great friends along the way.

Social Skills

More often, the most valuable lessons are taught outside the classroom. You learn these lessons through life experiences. Volunteering lets you gain these invaluable life experiences at various stages. Helping the community, rooting for a cause, opening to new opportunities, getting into unexplored ventures are some of the experience which you come across while you volunteer. A hands-on experience surely helps you to develop your social skills at a higher level.

Community Involvement

What social causes do you feel strongly about? What can you do to help? These are some of the basic questions you want to ask yourself before deciding where you want to volunteer at. Is it the environment, education, sports, NGO work, or events? Make your pick wisely because you will only enjoy volunteer work if you truly believe in what you are doing.


Note for Parents: At Aloha Mind Math Canada we provide Aloha graduates and students an opportunity to participate in volunteer work at all Aloha centers. Apart from the work experience they gain while conducting classes, marking papers, maintaining daily logs etc. this volunteering experience also allows them to accumulate important volunteering hours, volunteering certificate and a letter of recommendation. For more information on our programs and current volunteer opportunities please contact 604-597-8663 or fill out your contact information here.

Motivation is the key to learning new skills! Aloha Mind Math, Canada.

Motivation – Key To Learning New Skills!

One who finds a way to keep them motivated is more likely to achieve greater success in life. Learning and motivation go hand in hand.

The society we live in has set its certain boundaries and routines which one is expected to follow; going to school, passing your grades, following the timetable etc. are few of those routines which you are accustomed to. However, the challenge arises when you are pushed out of your comfort zone while learning a new skill. But if you keep yourself motivated enough, you can surely sail through with the wind on your side.

So, how to keep you motivated to learn a new skill and keep yourself going?

Find A Mentor

Follow the greats in the field. Study how they work and try to grasp all you can from them. It is always a good idea to find a mentor who you can trust and who can guide you with whatever problems you might be facing. It can be your school teacher, someone from your family, your friend or someone who you know. It is important that they have their best interest in you and your success. When you are down, they will help motivate you. Choose wisely!

Practice Practically

See how you can implement what you have learnt in your practical life. For example, the skills acquired at Aloha Mind Math will definitely help you calculate faster in your mind without the help of any calculator, but what is the point of learning the skill if you can’t help your mom cross check her grocery bill? Or if you can’t help your dad when he is setting his accounts? Life is full of situations where you can make use of what you have learnt. To keep yourself motivated, you need to trace them and implement what you have learnt.

Teach What You Have Learnt

To keep the interest alive while you continue to learn the new skill set, you can try teaching what you have learnt to someone else. This will give you an entirely new perspective towards it. You will find out the nuances and all the complex theories will suddenly make sense to you. And guess what, you will have a whole lot of questions to ask your mentor the next day! Say, you are learning a new language; reading the book will be boring to you, but if you try to talk to someone in that language, things will get interesting for sure. Sounds fun right? Try for yourself.

Test Yourself

Testing yourself before anyone else tests you out is crucial. This will help you realize where you stand and you can then adjust your approach towards it. Find out your strengths to build it further and your weaknesses in order to work towards it. Self-evaluation will help you keep motivated and allow yourself to master the skill that you have taken up.

We are sure that if you have read this far, you are motivated enough to go get the ball rolling!

 


Note For Parents

Aloha Mind Math, Canada focuses on a completely new set of skill – Mental Math! Yes, students get to learn the proven Abacus Mental Math Learning Skill where they can calculate complex math problems quickly in their mind. It works wonders towards the development of a child’s brain and it also increases their focus, learning power, concentration power and confidence. Call 604-597-8663 for questions on the programs and admissions. Or submit an online request here. Aloha Mind Math staff will get back to you with details.

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Importance of Time Management for Students

Gone are the days when time used to be a liberal commodity. When you could sit for hours under the stars or you could play ball with your friends till eternity and still managed to get your homework done. Time Management is an essential life skill which plays a very important role not only in a student’s life but also in general, for everyone.

We still get 24 hours a day, so what is it that it makes us feel like there is never enough time?

Competitiveness.

In today’s age, competition is fierce. And young kids and students face the music like never before. It is not enough to ace your exams, it is equally important to participate in extracurricular activities such as playing a sport, painting, swimming and so on. The stakes are high if you want to climb the social ladder.

For students, it is imperative that you manage your time well enough to accommodate all that you want to achieve within the stipulated time without damaging your physical or mental endurance. It is also important to get into the habit of time management from a young age because hey, if you think that you are busy now, mind you, you will be even busier later in life.

It’s about time that you start managing your time! Here are some tips:

Plan

Planning is key. Everybody in this world gets the same amount of time. It is up to you to decide what you want to do with it. Making a list of things to do is a very good start. Keep a calendar handy, jot down your schedule, classes, assignments and project due dates. You can then prioritize based on their importance, ease and relevance.

Set Goals

Always work with a goal in mind. Set your short-term goals and long-term goals. The timeline should always be clear on when you want to be able to achieve these goals. Analyze your rout towards your goal periodically and make modifications if required. You will always come up with hindrances, but make sure you don’t lose focus.

Do not Procrastinate

Procrastination can be a major obstacle towards achieving your goals in time. Try not to get into the habit of postponing things which can easily be done at that time. One of the ways to avoid procrastination is to break the big task into smaller tasks which will be easier to get done with. Keeping organized and setting up meaningful goals also help.

Avoid Distractions

Avoid that unnecessary phone call, the one more round of video game, the binge eating, that TV series and everything that can be a distraction. These distractions do not seem much of a big deal but in the long run, it highly affects your ability to manage your time.

Balance

Maintaining a balance between your academic tasks (homework, assignment, projects); social tasks (friends, family fun) and general tasks (food, sleep health) is very important. Once you have a balance with these, you will certainly be successful in life!


Note for parents

At Aloha Mind Math Canada, with the help of Abacus learning, we teach students the skills to quickly analyze and deliver answers to complex math problems within seconds. This help a child’s mental learning abilities, concentration power, and holistic development of the brain. Time is essential, get your child ahead of the race. You can enroll your child for mental math classes at Aloha. Register online here or call 604-597-8663 for more details.

 

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How to Teach Your Children to Do Mental Math

How to Teach Your Children to Do Mental Math

It is important that everybody learn to do some calculations mentally when paper and pencil or a calculator is not handy. This article, Part 1, suggests a few beginning mental math strategies that a parent might help a child learn at home.

Mental math should not be confused with the memorization of basic mathematics facts— such as knowing the times-tables by heart. While memorizing basic facts makes mental math easier, doing mathematics mentally requires both memorized facts and the manipulation (strategies) of numbers and operations in order to solve problems that are much more complex than the simple number facts we can easily memorize.

The following mental math strategies are arranged in general order from the easiest strategies children can learn to perform in their head to more difficult and challenging mental math gymnastics.

Strategies for Addition

Doing addition problems in your head is probably the best way to start doing mental math. Even young children—5, 6, and 7 year olds—can do the easiest strategies below.

while the first few may seem trivial to adults, they are a good way for children to begin learning to do mental math.

when the words “hearing” and “saying” are used in these strategies, they mean “hearing in your head” and “saying in your head.”

Adding One

Adding one means hearing a number, then saying one number up—or counting up one number. The best way to introduce this to your children is to say a number out loud and then, after allowing they time to think, have them tell you the next higher number. Make it fun by having your children tell you a number and then you tell them the next number. Start with low numbers and, when your children are able to count higher, move to larger numbers.

Adding Two

Adding two means hearing a number, and then saying the number that is two more. To do this, children can either mentally add two or count up by two. If you first teach your children to count by twos: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc., it will be easier for them to add two mentally. However, remember that they will also have to learn how to count by the odd numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, Also, if children understand that any odd number, plus 2, will always be another odd number, and that any even number, plus two, will always be another even number, these mathematics concepts can help them check their answers mentally.

Counting-On

Counting-on is one of the simple but powerful mental math strategies children can learn and is the easiest for most students—many children figure out this strategy naturally. Counting-on means a child mentally says the biggest number to add, and then counts-up the second number, one (or two) at a time. For example, in the equation 5 + 3, you start with the 5 in your head, and then count up: . . . 6, 7, 8. You might suggest to your children that if they want to add 2 + 6 in their head, they should start with the bigger number, in this case 6, and count up (. . . 7, 8) since, with addition, you can add numbers in any order and get the same answer—order does not matter. This is called the commutative property of addition.

When mentally counting-on, children and adults often resort to using their fingers to count up (or down), simultaneously counting on their fingers while they count in their heads. If your children use this handy device, let them. It is not harmful if it helps to make counting-on a useful mental math strategy.

Making-Ten(s)

Since ten is the basis of our number system, students who know all the single-digit combinations that equal 10 can make good use of them in doing mental math. The making ten strategy involves memorizing the number combinations that add to ten: 7 + 3, 8 + 2, 5 + 5, etc.—they are not as useful if children need to think hard to remember these combinations. Once students memorize these, counting-on or other strategies become easier. For example, 6 + 4 = 10 may be a trivial problem, but if you know your combinations of ten, this strategy can then be extended to harder problems, such as 76 + 4, since 76 + 4 = 70 + 6 + 4 = 70 + 10 = 80—easy!

Rearrange Numbers and Operations

On paper, we tend to calculate with numbers in the order they are given. Doing mathematics mentally frees us to do calculations in the order we choose and can do more easily. For example, if we do 6 – 3 + 2 + 4 + 8 in our heads, we can rearrange it as (6 + 4) + (2 + 8) – 3—two combinations of 10, then subtract 3 last. However, to do this, a child must be able to remember the numbers and rearrange them mentally. This is hard for some people.

Visualizing a Mental Number Line

Number lines, such as those found on the wall in many classrooms, are a visual model of our number system and can be very helpful for children who need to see how numbers are logically arranged. If children can close their eyes and visualize a mental number line, this too can be helpful in doing mental math. The best way to help students picture a number line is to post a paper number line in your home where your children can see it and use it regularly when they do mathematics. They will begin to notice all the wonderful number patterns, the twos, the fives, the tens—and many more. If they can then see the number line when they close their eyes, they can use these patterns to do mental math.

Adding Ten

The number line can teach students that adding ten is easy because ten is an easy “jump” up the number line. No matter what number you start with, the one’s digit stays the same but the ten’s digit increases by one. For example: 5 + 10 = 15, 12 + 10 = 22, 23 + 10 = 33, etc.

Adding Nine

Once adding ten is easy to do, adding nine is the next strategy to learn. To add nine, a student just adds ten, and then counts down by one. A child would mentally say 5 + 9 = 5 + 10 – 1 = 15 – 1. Once understood, this mental math strategy is almost as simple as adding ten.

Double Numbers

Making use of doubles—5 + 5, 7 + 7, etc.—is a bit harder, but can be very useful for mental math. Doubles come up often in calculations, so if all the single-digit doubles are memorized, students can combine these known facts with the mental math strategies already mentioned. For example, when faced with the problem 76 + 6, students can think of it as 70 + 6 + 6. If they remember that 6 + 6 = 12, then they can rearrange the problem as 70 + 12, and then again rearrange the problem as 70 + 10 + 2 = 82—making it an easy mental math problem.

Near-Doubles

Once students have memorized their doubles; the use of near-doubles in mental math follows easily. For example, in the expression 5 + 6, if students first remember the double, 5 + 5 = 10, then it is easy to add one more, getting an answer of 11. Children actually do not have to memorize the near-doubles if they know their doubles. For example, in the equation 37 + 8, when children use the near doubles strategy, it follows that 30 + 7 + 7 + 1 = 30 + 14 + 1 = 44 + 1 = 45.

Front-end Addition

We frequently do mathematics differently in our heads than we do with paper and pencil. The typical way to add a pair of two-digit numbers is to add the digits in the ones place first, carry ten if necessary, add the digits in the tens place next, and finish by combining the tens and ones results. However, many people can keep track of these calculations more easily in their minds if they reverse this order—adding the tens first, remembering that number, then adding the ones, and only then combining the tens and ones. For example, in the problem 65 + 26, if students first mentally calculate 60 + 20 = 80, the number 80 is pretty easy to remember—to store away mentally for a few moments. If they then add the ones, 5 + 6 = 11, they can recall the easily remembered number, and compute 80 + 11 = 91. Not everyone prefers front-end addition, but those who do often use this strategy without thinking about it.

“Friendly Numbers” Strategy

certain number pairs go together nicely and are easy to work within our heads; we call these friendly numbers. For example, 75 + 25 totals 100—we know this well from using money. Although we do not often get many problems as simple as 75 + 25, we can combine this friendly number strategy with other mental math strategies. For example, to add 78 + 25 students would instead think 75 + 25 + 3, changing it into two friendly numbers and one easily added number instead.

Balancing Strategy

Balancing numbers before you add them is a variation of the friendly number strategy. This strategy involves “borrowing” one or more from one number and “trading” it to the other number to make two numbers that are friendly. For example, 68 + 57 are not friendly numbers, but if you mentally borrow 2 from 57 and add it to the 68, the problem now becomes 70 + 55—a much easier problem to do mentally.

A Bit of Mental Math Advice

For some students these mental math strategies will be interesting and fun—and may even make them feel mathematically powerful. However, what appeals to one child may be uninteresting and hard to another. If there is one important bit of advice before you share any of these strategies with your children, it is: go slow and proceed only IF your children enjoy learning how to do mathematics in their head. A few minutes of playing with mental math are plenty—do not make it tedious. If learning mental math tricks is not fun for your children, it is best if you stop and look for other areas of mathematics, such as geometry or puzzles, that will appeal to your children more than mental math.

by Paul Giganti, Jr., CMC Math Festival Program

CMC ComMuniCator

pgiganti@berkeley.edu

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Teaching Math : How Important is the concept of Sequence and an Individualized Pace

math-activities-patterns-sequenceTeaching sequential math is just as important as teaching someone how to drive by showing them one step at a time.

Sequence is Important

Imagine if someone tried to teach you to drive by giving you the keys and telling you to drive home. Without learning basic skills like how to brake or use turn signals, you would be ill-prepared to actually drive and would probably wind up crashing.

Teaching sequential math is just as important as teaching someone how to drive by showing them one step at a time.  This is mostly understood in the very beginning of a child’s education when we teach numbers and basic addition and subtraction. But often, the further along we go, the less the emphasis is on sequential learning. For example, mastering the order of operations is essential to mastering algebra, but frequently order of operations is only dwelt on briefly and then it’s on to the next topic before students have the chance to really master the material. When we learn in sequence, mastering each concept before moving on to the next, we are able to tackle harder problems and learn tougher concepts more easily because we have a foundation on which that learning can take place. When we learn out of sequence or move on to the next topic before we’ve mastered the current topic, it becomes much more difficult to continue learning.

There is a problem with sequential learning: students don’t learn concepts at the same speed and pace as other students.  A student may learn one math concept in a matter of days while another concept takes him weeks or longer to master. One of the problems with modern education is that there is often no time for a student to work through difficult math concepts until full mastery is achieved. Sequential learning must go hand in hand with an individualized pace for each student.

As parents, we need to be proactive in making sure that our children are mastering math.


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Sequence Teaching Tips

1. Ask your kids if they feel comfortable with the speed at which the math is being taught. Take additional time to focus on foundation concepts that they struggle with to help them master the material.

2. Frequently review previously learned math skills with your children — if your children are learning basic multiplication, review addition with them to make sure they have mastered it.

3. Pay attention if your children seem continually frustrated with learning math — frustration is often a sign that they have not mastered previous material and that is interfering with new learning. Learning math in sequence and at an individualized pace is absolutely crucial for success in learning.

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Learning math early on is important for student success

Math coaching for kids is highly important, research indicates.

one of the abilities needed to achieve success inside the 21st century, basic math is becoming an increasingly important part of early formative years education.

in line with the country wide affiliation for the training of younger youngsters, the maths skills that scholars study at a young age build a foundation for future mastering endeavors and can be a very good indicator of whether or not or no longer young people may be capable of meet and conquer new challenges as they mature.

shutterstock_214205608“Mastery of early math abilties predicts now not most effective destiny math fulfillment, it also predicts destiny analyzing fulfillment,” Greg Duncan, a researcher at Northwestern college, stated in a assertion.

an academic observe of 35,000 preschoolers performed by Duncan found out that the importance of early math skills is paramount. in line with the research, college students who input kindergarten with primary math talents and are capable of construct on the ones competencies are more likely to experience subsequent educational fulfillment, regardless of whether or not they’re dealing with social or emotional problems.

“we discover the single maximum essential component in predicting later educational fulfillment is that children start school with a mastery of early math and literacy standards,” Duncan stated.
A awesome deal of research and professional opinion echoes Duncan’s findings. even though math teaching techniques within the classroom have advanced over the decades to offer college students a extra threat of success, dad and mom can do a remarkable deal to help their youngsters at home with the aid of speakme approximately numbers and mathematics.

There are a diffusion of simple math sports that parents can appoint to engage their kids and prepare them for simple math. as an instance, parents of younger youngsters can factor out numbers on signs and symptoms while walking or riding. it is also important to insert numbers into everyday conversations, asking children how many toys they plan on gambling with or what number of motors are inside the driveway.
banner3With parental assist, teachers can construct on these crucial math skills through introducing youngsters to key mathematical standards and fostering trouble-solving skills at school. instructional films and adaptive learning programs also can enhance the math skills of students who are developing up in an an increasing number of digitized world.

in step with NAEYC, kids show a natural interest in mathematics at a young age, and it is crucial that mother and father and instructors take advantage of this vital time in a child’s education to build the muse that will allow that hobby and engagement to continue well into adulthood.

If dad and mom and teachers get the communication about arithmetic going and continue to combine instruction into college students’ lives, young kids may be put on the path to achievement inside the twenty first century.

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Abacus Math Classes

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Kids aged between 5 and 6 years are eligible for the ALOHA Junior program. This is a prime age for developing mental arithmetic skills. Students are provided Abacus Math Classes where they use Abacus and standardized books with a carefully structured syllabus for the little ones. The books are Activity based which makes Math interesting at this level. ALOHA Junior molds and motivates the minds of the children by introducing interesting techniques using abacus. ALOHA Junior initially uses ABACUS as an ideal learning tool to teach fundamental Math. The activity based materials encourage their minds to think in different possible directions.

Features of the ALOHA Junior Program

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  • Learning becomes a fun filled activity which keeps the little ones interested
  • Small batches to provide individual attention focusing on each kid’s needs
  • Well trained teachers who can efficiently handle kindergartners and first graders
  • By the end of this program, children are able to handle numbers with multiple digits

The Benefits of ALOHA Junior Program

Mind Math Junior

  1. Creates a strong foundation in math.
  2. Increases memory power, focusing skills and confidence at an early age.
  3. Helps in developing a liking for math.
  4. Improves concentration skills for a more focused learning

Program Structure

The Junior Level course consists of 10 levels, with a 3 month period in each level. The classes are once a week and the time duration is 2 hours. A Performance evaluation is completed at the end of each level.