Learning maths is a struggle for many students. Some of the most common problems include:

Mental Arithmetic

In school and everyday life, many people have difficulties with the mental arithmetic we need for daily activities. We believe this is because the curriculum focuses on more complex math skills in primary school and assumes that mental arithmetic abilities are learned alongside them automatically.

This technique can work for many individuals, but across the board we are seeing a decline in mathematical skills in comparison with the past. There has been a reduction in speed for many students, with some struggling to submit their examinations in time. As students progress through school, this gap in mathematical skills can continue to grow. In today's world, rote learning and monotonous multiplication tables are no longer sufficient to give them what they need.

What We Offer

We take an action-oriented approach to maths problems, ensuring that our students are guided towards doing calculations in their heads. If significant mental arithmetic difficulties are discovered over the course of a lesson, we can arrange additional intensive classes that give special attention to mental arithmetic.

We can also help Gymnasium students boost their mental arithmetic skills and stop them from joining the worrying trend – universities are complaining about weaker and weaker skills in mental calculations.

Written Arithmetic

Written arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) has faded into the background as calculators and smartphones have become more prevalent. To learn arithmetic effectively, pupils first need to be fluent in mental arithmetic. This is especially important during preparations for entry to secondary school or Gymnasium. We often notice large numbers of careless mistakes in these periods, mistakes that can be avoided with more intensive training at an earlier stage.

What We Offer

We take the time to show our students a range of techniques for solving written maths problems. Our action-oriented approach uses real world examples such as till receipts, public transport tickets and other maths problems from the student's own life.

Applied Arithmetic

Some of the biggest issues that we see are students struggling to understand a problem at the linguistic level, or with the conception of the task itself. In all grades of school, maths problems are designed to cover a wide spectrum of calculations, but this has not increased the desire of students to take them on. Instead, it has led to many of them becoming demotivated.

Who cares how many adult and children’s cinema tickets were sold if the total takings were CHF 545.50? However, if your child and his/her best friend go to their pop idol's concert and meet their uncle there, and the takings were the same, the likelihood of the calculation being assimilated will be many times greater!

What We Offer

We find that the best results come from creating maths problems based on a student's own life. This makes them more willing to understand and attempt the problem, which also leads to their performance improving significantly. This increased interest can help students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts, no matter what grade they are in.

Arithmetic Using Various Rules

In most Swiss schools, teachers have trouble expressing maths problems in a way that applies to the lives of each individual pupil. This lack of connection causes problems for many students, because they don't grasp how important it can be to memorize many of the useful mathematical rules.

What We Offer

We collaborate closely with the students to explain the rules in a way that helps with memorization and understanding.