By far the most popular post on Maths insider is my post, 8 Things to Hate About Kumon! As a former Kumon instructor who now works as an instructor with Tabtor (a play on the words Tablet and Tutor!) I’m writing this post to give a unique perspective as someone who has worked for both companies.
At Tabtor I look after many, many ex-Kumon students including a family with 4 kids who switched from Kumon so that their children could explore the wider curriculum that Tabtor offers. So whether your kids are currently doing Kumon, another math program or you’re just starting to look into math programs to support your child’s math, let me share with you the 8 things to love about Tabtor.
1. Tabtor is great value
Tabtor pricing compares brilliantly to Kumon, Mathnasium and personal tutors. Check out the 2 videos below to see Tabtor’s subscription options and what you get for each option.
How much are our Tabtor families paying to have their children work on our world class curriculum guided by a qualified instructor?
(These are the subscription prices up to and including Grade 5)
More details at http://www.tabtor.com/pricing.php
Posted by Tabtor Math on Tuesday, August 30, 2016
This video shows how much our Tabtor families with kids aged from Grade 6 to Grade 8 are paying to subscribe to our award winning program with instructor support.
More details at http://www.tabtor.com/pricing.php
Posted by Tabtor Math on Wednesday, August 31, 2016
And don’t forget there’s also the cost of your time as the parent who has to take your child to the tutor/learning center each week.
2. Tabtor Instructors are qualified teachers
Tabtor actually uses qualified educators. I’m a Cambridge University educated qualified high school math teacher and many Tabtor instructor have spent many years as teachers. Kumon prioritises business experience over teaching experience when it comes to choosing franchisees to run their centers. Tabtor focuses on math teaching experience and ability.
3. Tabtor actually teaches your child
The Tabtor program contains built-in instruction videos for each topic – not just a few written examples. Step by step solutions are also shared when students get questions wrong. On the Study Coach plan, students have regular one to one tutoring sessions so that their tutor can review questions they got wrong with them and introduce any tricky concepts in the upcoming worksheets.
4. Tabtor offers a broad and varied curriculum
Tabtor’s world-class curriculum is based on Singapore Math and other world-class curricula. It is then customized for each country according to the state/provincial standards. As a result it contains a confidence building mix of arithmetic, word problems and logic problems to build important skills for future mathematicians
5. Tabtor takes personalization seriously
Tabtor is a US based company with instructors around the world but our work is overseen by senior staff who we meet with regularly online and are available to help instructors, parents and students alike. Also, Academic Advisors take care to match new Tabtor families with instructors based on their specific needs. In the rare cases where parents want to change instructors, they can do so quickly and easily.
6. Problem solving is at the core of the Tabtor program
Most students join Tabtor with weak problem solving skills, even if they are strong at math in general. Problem solving is so important when it comes to math. Computers are able to process numbers far more quickly and more accurately than humans can, and those who have strong problem solving skills will be the ones in demand in the workplace. Tabtor puts problem solving at the core of it’s curriculum, including basic problem solving even in it’s Kindergarten worksheets.
7. Tabtor supports and extends kids school math
Tabtor worksheets use the math methods and techniques which have been proven to lead to a deeper understanding of math. With 1000’s of worksheets available, Instructors able able to build a specially tailored study plan to support and extend the student’s school math learning.
8. Tabtor builds mathematicians not just arithmeticians
If you put a Kumon student head to head with a Tabtor student and give them 100 arithmetic questions – the Kumon student will win (the Tabtor student will still be ahead of the rest of the class though).
However – if you give a Kumon student a series of logic or problem solving questions – the Tabtor student will come out top.
One of my Tabtor students was lamenting that in the weekly timed times tables tests at school he always finishes in 3rd place, slightly behind the Kumon kids. I offered to add in some concentrated times tables worksheets into his worksheet queue, even though we had moved beyond that stage in the curriculum, but he said, “No thank you Caroline. My teacher actually said that everyone in the class needs a lot of practice with word problems except me – so I don’t mind continuing with the work you’ve given me!”
Have you tried Kumon and/or Tabtor? Tell me in the comments below!
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