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1. What is the best age to start?

For optimum results, it is best to start the training at around five or six years old. Research shows that your brain develops most intensively up until the age of 12. During this period children’s brains are ‘plastic’ (able to self-correct), promoting the growth of brain cells and the formation of neural connections between them. Those older than 12 can also follow the programme, but progress will be a little slower.

2. Will it improve maths results at school?

Despite its name, the main aim of mental arithmetic is not to teach a child to do calculations or solve mathematical problems. The main aim of the mental arithmetic course is the development of all aspects of the brain’s work, and a developed brain can handle problems more easily, leading to improved performance in all school subjects.

3. Can adults also use this method?

Yes. In America this method is used to stave off Alzheimer's disease and dementia. This programme can be seen as a workout for the brain. The only difference is that adults have to train harder and more persistently. Just like in sport, the earlier you start and lay the foundations, the better the results. If you start later, with no natural ability, it just takes hard work: you will still see results.

4. How big are the groups of students?

Instructors can teach up to 10-12 children effectively in a single group. Our groups contain no more than 7-10 people.

5. How does the mental arithmetic programme differ from standard pre-school development programmes?

The unique feature of this method is that it develops both sides of the brain in a balanced way. 15-20 minutes of lessons a day produce an incredible effect. A developed brain is a platform for success in the future: children will be more independent and will find studying easier, and their performance will improve.

6. How much studying is required?

Each child follows the programme at his or her own speed. This is another unique feature of the teaching method - it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. To learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using an abacus requires on average 8-12 months. The lessons are one hour long and are held twice a week, plus 15 minutes of homework a day.

7. If your lessons last one hour, what else do they involve?

Children cannot do one type of calculation for the whole hour, as they would get bored and the teaching would become less effective. For this reason, the lessons feature a variety of inspiring games. In addition, we have exercises to improve memory and attention span and exercises for the eyes and posture.

8. There are no mental arithmetic courses in our city - is it possible to study independently or online?

This would be rather difficult: an instructor can check there are no problems with your work, and correct it where necessary. Why not become a partner of ours in your city?

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