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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Do you provide any programs other than math?

2. What is the Shortcut Reasoning® approach?

3. What kind of materials do you use?

4. What are the credentials of your math teachers?

5. What are the results I can expect?

6. How do you deliver your programs?

7. What are the benefits of your mathematics program versus a private tutor?

8. What is the average cost of the program?

9. Do you offer prep course for exams such as the SSAT?

10. My child is in the gifted program, do you offer enrichment programs for gifted children?

11. Do you offer programs for children with learning disorders?

12. What is the youngest age that you will take in your programs?

13. My kid has no interest in mathematics, what can we do?
 

 

1. Do you provide any programs other than math?

We specialize solely in mathematics.  We teach all levels (pre-school to university) of applied and pure mathematics, as well as business mathematics such as financial calculations.   

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2. What is the Shortcut Reasoning
® approach?

Our program directors, Gladys Chan, CMA and Bryan Law, LLM, have spent decades tutoring mathematics, starting as universities students. Over the years, they have developed a unique way of teaching mathematics which has been proved as an effective and funny way to learn mathematics.

After they had taught a few business courses at the Fox College of Business, they felt there was an imperative need to improve the mathematics foundation of Canadian students. Thus, they started this division and consolidated their teaching methods into this Shortcut Reasoning
® approach.  

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3. What kind of materials do you use?

All our materials are based on our unique Shortcut Reasoning
® approach.  

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4. What are the credentials of your math teachers?

All our teachers have, at least, a bachelor degree with over 90% in their high school mathematics courses. They must pass a stringent evaluation process to be hired as a math teacher for Fox Mathematics. They are fully trained and follow our curriculum, material and methodologies.  

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5. What are the results I can expect?

Parents are advised that different students may have different results. Some of the students may show significant improvements in their mathematics homework, tests and exam results in weeks; while some students may take a longer time to show such improvements.

We aim at improving students’ foundation, rather than entertaining the homework or tests. Therefore, we encourage parents to send their kids to our education centre at an earlier age to achieve the best results.  

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6. How do you deliver your programs?

All students in our program receive individualized attention with a personal file to record their progress. They work at their own pace on material designed specifically to address their skill gaps that we identify in their initial assessments. Our assessments are ongoing and students will be advanced to a higher level whenever they have achieved a level.  

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7. What are the benefits of your mathematics program versus a private tutor?

No two math teachers are the same. As a result, the quality of tutoring from a private tutor depends solely on that particular tutor. Fox Mathematics hires only qualified teachers with excellent mathematics and teaching skills.  Our Shortcut Reasoning
® approach which allows all teachers to assist students in the same effective way. The quality of our program is therefore guaranteed.  

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8. What is the average cost of the program?

The tutoring cost varies among students according to their levels.  Some students may need more hours to practice and to strengthen their foundation.  Our low teacher-student ratio (1 : 6 or lower) and affordable fees make us the most valuable math tutorial program.

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9. Do you offer prep course for exams such as the SSAT?

Parents are advised to prepare their kids at the earliest stage if they need to take examinations such as the SSAT. Our goal is to improve students’ fundamental skills of mathematics so that they can benefit and experience better long-term academic development, instead of success on a single exam.

Some of our partners do provide special lessons to students who need extra assistance for their exams. Please contact us for the details.  

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10. My child is in the gifted program, do you offer enrichment programs for gifted children?

Gifted students learn deeper and wider than ordinary students. Thus they need to be challenged with more difficult questions to explore a higher level in advance. Since our program is delivered individually to tailor fit every student, gifted students will be assessed and assisted according to their own standards. Our program therefore satisfies the unique needs of gifted students.

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11. Do you offer programs for children with learning disorders?

Our Shortcut Reasoning
® programs are not designed to assist students with learning disorders since those students require other special teaching methods. Extra time and manpower are needed for this type of special education. Some of our partners do provide special lessons to students who have learning difficulties. Please contact us for the details.

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12. What is the youngest age that you will take in your programs?

Our Parrot program (level 1) is suitable for children as little as two years old provided that they are toilet trained.

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13. My kid has no interest in mathematics, what can we do?

Like all academic subjects, mathematics interests many students but also scares some. Fox Mathematics uses P.R.I.C.E. to make mathematics a funny and enjoyable subject. Parents can do the same:

Praise – Your child may not have outstanding results in mathematics, but every child wants to be praised for their efforts. Praising your child will give them confidence in learning, and they will not to be afraid of getting unsatisfactory results.

Relax – When children are tired or are bored of learning, their learning abilities decrease sharply. This is why we use a funny approach to attract their attention. At home, parents should allow their kids to take a rest by reading a book, playing a musical instrument or drawing a picture after they have studied mathematics for a period of time (when they feel tired or bored). Electronic games and sport games are not recommended.

Incentive – Kids love prizes. A prize is an honour.  The prizes do not have to be expensive, but should be attractive. You can set the goal, for example a full mark in a test,  which should be achieved in order for your kid to receive the prize.

Care – You have to show your support to your kids by spending time with them, asking how they did in school and if there is any problem.   Immediately inform Fox Mathematics if your kid has any problems in school, even though we do routinely check with students in our centre.

Encouragement – You should not underestimate your kid’s learning ability. Many students who have unsatisfactory results in mathematics at the junior level still go on to become mathematicians or scientists when they grow up. Fox Mathematics always encourages students to try different levels of mathematics questions and their concepts.

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