# Mental Math FAQ

The Victomind digital Mental Math program is a teacher-backed platform that requires a once-a-week class with a teacher to explain new rules, test your child’s understanding of a prior class, evaluate the performance and adjust homework settings where necessary.

So the  Victomind digital Mental Math program is not available for download to ensure optimal results.

## What is the difference between classical math and the Victomind Mental Math classes

Traditional math has five main strands:

• Number sense, properties, and operations.
• Measurement.
• Geometry and spatial sense.
• Data analysis, statistics, and probability.
• Algebra and functions.

Mental Math is different from traditional math. As a brief summary, Mental Math teaches children rapid accurate numeric calculation according to the mental math rules and using Japanese Soroban (Abacus).

The Victomind Digital Mental Math focuses on literacy and comfort with the first strand and serves as a foundation to master other strands. You may agree that it may be hard for a child to learn measurement or algebra without being comfortable with digits. Many math teachers complained that today certain kids in the UK, USA, and Canada use fingers to do addition and subtraction and are not comfortable with digits.

## Can I monitor my child’s progress and what can be done?

Yes, you can monitor your child’s progress using the Victomind statistics tab.  It is important to monitor your children’s homework every day before 8 pm to ensure homework is done on a regular basis.

This is one of the VERY reasons behind developing this program by our team: the ability for parents to monitor progress and ensure their financial investment in this program and their kids’ returns results.

As parents may agree, we deliver better results with practice.  To check if they practice on a daily basis, please ask them to log in and press this ‘graph’ stats button.  It will show daily stats.

## What is the best time for mental math exercises

Kids are most efficient after 3 pm as their brain is ‘awake’ to a full potential. This time usually corresponds to after school hours. We advise parents to get their kids do the Victomind Digital Mental Math homework BEFORE school homework to boost brain capability. This may seem counter-intuitive and certain kids tend to first attend to their school homework. We noted kids perform much faster after doing the Victomind Digital Mental Math exercises.

Brief early morning training exercises on the way to school or after breakfast are also good to ‘wake up’ for school day.

## How does my child know about the new homework?

Students see their homework upon login. New homework will be shown as a red radio button with a number of exercises for that particular day. Homework is set for a period (usually one week) so all exercises not done in one day will be carried to other days until the homework deadline expires.

In the example below, Adam has 3 outstanding homework exercises for today. This may be 3 new for that particular day because he finished all exercises yesterday, or 1 old plus 2 new for today.

## Why does Victomind stress importance on a regular practice?

The practice is a VERY important step in building any skill, mental math included. The practice is something tremendous and big that turns the average person into an outstanding performer.

No practice (or no homework) -> no progress. If kids don’t practice and don’t deliver a return for their parent’s investment, there may be no need for further investing.

We at Victomind don’t feel comfortable getting payments from parents if we don’t deliver results for whatever reasons (teachers not delivering, children not practicing, etc.). No results – why to invest?

We consistently tell students that consistent failure to do homework will eventually impact their mental math performance and will deliver poor results to their parents, and failed investment.

We also don’t believe in students attending classes once a week with the hope of getting ‘some results better than nothing’. Therefore we ask parents to monitor homework performance of their kids every day around 7 pm, especially after we made it easy to track progress.

It is not easy to get our kids to keep up, and it is not our fault that we have to operate in these different challenging times. We do rely on parents’ efforts at home and thank all of them for helping turn their kids into super-performers!

## How Should my child continue after an incorrect answer?

Every time kids make a mistake, please ask them NOT to advance to the next example by pressing the ‘repeat’ button UNTIL they re-work all digits in this example. If they make a mistake, they will see the correct answer, a wrong answer, and all digits that came up in this example by scrolling down all the way to the end.

A mistake is a golden opportunity, let’s not waste it!

## What tools can be used for consistent homework?

We ask parents to set up a reminder on their phones to remind their kids to do Victomind homework.

It is not easy to remember, days became like one continuous Monday or Tuesday. One simple reminder at a set time will take the burden of remembering AND will ensure continuous practice.

It is a constant practice that turns into a HABIT that makes us different in every skill.

## My child is struggling with a specific homework setting, what can be done?

You child can activate the Victomind digital Abacus in the training module (slide the Victomind online Abacus to ‘ON’), put 30 or 40 examples and set the speed at half of your child’s usual speed (e.g. if homework is set at 3 sec, then visual online Abacus should be at 1.5 sec). The Victomind digital Abacus will show correct bead movements so your child can catch as many examples and related beads movements as possible.

After that, switch settings back to normal and usual speed. This effect is similar to getting off of a highway when subsequent driving on local streets feels slow. Students feel they have more time to process examples and usually get homework done easier.

## My child cannot handle a particular setting of homework, what should I do?

It is possible your child may struggle in a specific setting after a prolonged break. Please inform your teacher of this so that this particular homework setting can be replaced with the one that your child can manage.

## What should parents avoid during mental math program?

We kindly ask parents to avoid asking their children to do math calculations because our students follow rules adopted for mental math using Japanese Soroban. These rules are different from the traditional method of addition and subtraction. Victomind Digital Mental Math program students translate classical Arabic digits to Soroban beads and visually move them according to the mental math rules. Once all levels are complete, our students accurately calculate any addition and subtraction combination at abnormally high speeds.