FAQ:

Is it free to attempt the questions at Singaporemathguru?

Yes! It is absolutely free to attempt any of the questions on our website. Our questions are modeled after examination questions of the top schools. Hence, it would make sense if a student creates an account with us and attempts these questions on our site. In addition to that, a student also gets the answers to the questions and will know whether or not he can do a question. As such, a student gets immediate feedback on his or her skills.

Are the solutions free of charge?

The answers are totally free on our website but the step by step video and worked solutions are chargeable. If a student attempts a question, the answer will be displayed for the student. We suppose an example to explain this scenario would make sense at this point. Suppose a student tries a question. The question is: "John has 45 marbles. If Mary has 45 more marbles than John, how many marbles has Mary?" A student keys in the answer as "80" and gets the answer wrong. At this moment, the answer given would be displayed as "90". Then, the student knows the answer but may not know how to do the steps and the workings to get the answer. That's where we come in. Our expert team of educators (qualified teachers) has already created a step by step video explanation of how to solve the question to clear any of the student's doubt. If the student has a paid account, the student can access these video solutions and static worked step by step solutions and gain the "know how" of how to solve a question. So in essence, the student only pays when he needs to know how to solve the question.

Can I track my progress at Singaporemathguru?

For guest members, you can attempt the questions and view the answers. For members with a registered account, you can attempt the questions, view the answers and even get your results recorded so you know what you are weak in. For any member who would like view the step by step video solutions, they can purchase a package to do so.

What are the various modes of privileges?

There are guest, registered members and paying members.
Guest members can attempt questions and view answers immediately
Registered members can attempt questions, views answers immediately and get their results recorded so they know which areas they are weak in.
Paying members who pay for 1 of 3 packages can attempt questions, view answers immediately, get results recorded and even view our step by step video solutions and text solutions to help them to understand how to solve a question.

What are the different types of membership?

There are guest members, registered members and paying members.

What will I get if I sign up for the primary 6 package?

You get approximately 200 hours of video tutorials tied to the questions in our database. On top of that, you get approximately 2 hours of new video tutorials each week. Also, we intend to upload new questions that may pose a challenge to students every week of the year. So you can expect to be exposed to approximately 300 hours of video solutions for an entire year. Also, students will get the toughest exam questions in their mailbox. This way, parents can check the efficiency in their child's problem solving skills.

What will I get if I sign up for the primary 5 package?

You get approximately 100 hours of video tutorials tied to the questions in our database. On top of that, you get approximately 2 hours of new video tutorials each week. Also, we intend to upload new questions that may pose a challenge to students every week of the year. So you can expect to be exposed to approximately 200 hours of video solutions.

What will I get if I sign up for the primary 4 package?

You get approximately 100 hours of video tutorials tied to the questions in our database. On top of that, you get approximately 2 hours of new video tutorials each week. Also, we intend to upload new questions that may pose a challenge to students every week of the year. So you can expect to be exposed to approximately 200 hours of video solutions.

How many hours of tutorials will I get for the primary 6 package?

You will get approximately 200 hours of video tutorials. Also, 2 hours of video tutorials will be added to the database each week. Hence, you can expect approximately 300 hours of video solutions for an entire year. Over time, the video library will grow and future batches of students can expect more than what is quoted here.

How many hours of tutorials will I get for the primary 5 package?

You will get approximately 100 hours of video tutorials. Also, 2 hours of video tutorials will be added to the database each week. Hence, you can expect approximately 200 hours of video solutions for an entire year. Over time, the video library will grow and future batches of students can expect more than what is quoted here.

How many hours of tutorials will I get for the primary 4 package?

You will get approximately 100 hours of video tutorials. Also, 2 hours of video tutorials will be added to the database each week. Hence, you can expect approximately 200 hours of video solutions for an entire year. Over time, the video library will grow and future batches of students can expect more than what is quoted here.

Why is SMG advantageous for my child?

Do we really have to repeat this?  ok! Well for one, it is actually free to try the questions on our site. Also, a student can try the questions and the answers will be made known to the student. But it's not the answers that really help a student. If that were the case, all students would be able to self study and get A stars on their own. No, that's not the point we are trying to make. We intend to provide step by step video solutions tied to each question so it is as if a tutor is personally helping your child. So even if you don't have a paid account, chances are that you would be able to use the site to help your child in his or her exam preparations.

Is the questions copyright free? Can I share the questions with my friend?

Yes absolutely! The questions are absolutely free and we encourage sharing in a non-commercial way to help others and let others know that we exist. Over time, when more members join us, you can expect the quality of the service to go up.

Why do your video solutions address questions only?

We feel that video is a great communication tool. It has all the elements necessary for a great lesson in the form of engaging the audio, video and visual senses of an individual. Also, these videos address questions because many a time, students who have read their textbooks may not be able to apply what they have learnt. Hence, video is a great way to teach a student how to apply what they have learnt to a particular question that is examinable. Another reason why our video solutions address questions is because it complements what is being taught in textbooks. But make no mistake! What is taught in textbooks and what is applied as knowledge in answering examination questions are often 2 different aspects that needs to be bridged.

Do all your questions have video solutions?

At the moment, not all our questions have video solutions as our team is not big enough to accommodate that outcome. But, be rest assured that we intend to create a video solution for each and every question. That being said though, not all questions need video solutions. More likely than not parents and students can figure the easy ones themselves (1 + 2 = 3… That's simple enough!) But each question will at the very least have a static worked solution.

Will you increase your databank of questions?

Yes, this whole project is a work in progress for us. We would like to continually increase the number of questions in our database. But at the same time, we are also constrained by reality as to create more questions means to have more teachers working for us and that means a cost burden to us as well. But you can expect us to increase our database of questions over time.

Will you upload more video solutions?

Yes, we intend to upload approximately 2 hours of video solutions each week per level . We are currently focusing on primary 4, 5 & 6 at the moment.

Do you upload video solutions weekly?

Yes, we intend to upload approximately 2 hours of new video solutions every week .

Do you upload video solutions daily?

We may not be able to upload video solutions daily because we are humans and need a rest too . But we intend to upload 2 hours of video solutions every week for the school year.

Do you allow the students to submit the questions to be answered?

Yes all students who are attempting questions on our site can submit these questions and immediately get feedback to know if he or she was correct. The correct answer will also be displayed for the student.

Do you update your database of questions?

Yes, we intend to continually update our database of questions. And by update, we mean that we will create clones of questions taken from examination papers of the top schools with video solutions to help every student out there.

How many times can I attempt a question?

You can attempt a question as many times as you want whether you are a paying member or not.

How many times can I view a video solution?

If you are a paying member, you can view a video solution as many times as you want as long as it is within the restrictions of the package. That's a good thing because if you don't understand it, you can always replay it. It's like having a teacher explain it to you again. Sometimes, as students we need to be taught multiple times to understand something.

What is Singaporemathguru.com about?

Singaporemathguru.com is a library that contains a database of Mathematics questions and its relevant video solutions to help a student ace his or her PSLE. Each question will have a video solution or a static solution to explain how a question is solved.

Why do you offer the questions for free?

We offer the questions for free because we are a start up that believes in giving before receiving. We believe that we should have a value proposition for all students in Singapore regardless of whether a student is a paying member or not. But at the same time, we have a whole bunch of costs we have to contend with as a start up. Server costs, hiring costs, technology development costs etc and as such if you would like to know how a question is solved, you would have to be a paying member.

Will I get to know the answer?

Yes, the answer will be displayed after a student attempts a question.

Are my scores recorded?

If you have registered for a non-paying account, your scores will get recorded. That is why every student and parent should create a non-paying account first. If you are trying the questions without a non-paying account, your results will not get recorded. Hence, it is advantageous to create an account so that you understand the weak areas of your child. Consequentially, as you gain confidence with the system and think you need the explanatory video solutions, you can upgrade the account to a paid account.

How do I create an account?

To create an account, all you need to do is to fill up this form here. There are paid membership accounts and free accounts. Do sign up for the free account first if you are not sure. At the very least, all free accounts get free access to our top notch curated examination questions. And as a free account holder, you can attempt these questions as many times as you wish. Study hard using us. There is no loss to that.

Who are the team of educators?

The teams of educators are vetted teachers with the experience of teaching in a classroom setting and who have the ability to explain complex concepts to a student. But it's not just our educators who are important, the whole team from the technology to the operations team hopes to enhance and create an enjoyable learning experience for all students.

What is the difference between step by step video solutions, worked solutions and the answers?

Step by step video solutions are videos created by an educator tied to a solving a particular question. When a student watches a video, it is as if the student is being taught by a teacher. Worked solutions refer to step by step solutions that could be accessed as a video or a PDF document. The answers are just simply the answers. 1 + 1 = 2 . "2" is the answer. Students with paid accounts will get the "know-how" in the form of a video or document that details the step by step solutions.

Why is video used to teach the students?

Video is one of the best ways to teach online and is a medium that can really help a student understand how to solve a question.

What concepts do your educators teach?

These are the heuristics concepts that our educators try to teach.
1.Use Diagrams / Models
2. Act it Out
3. Use Before & After
4. Use Systematic Listing
5. Look for Patterns
6. Work Backwards
7. Use Guess & Check
8. Simplify the Problem
9. Make Supposition
10. Solve Part of the Problem
11. Paraphrase the Problem
Do note that this is not an exhaustive list.

Is Singaporemathguru trying to replace tuition?

No we are not trying to replace tuition. Tuition cannot be replaced but we believe that we can be complementary to tuition. And we also believe that delivery through video can be nearly as effective a tuition.

Are the video tutorials and solutions structured according to the MOE syllabus?

Yes, definitely it is. But we don't just aim to teach the easy stuff. We intend to teach the stuff that comes out during examinations.

Does every question have a video solution?

Currently not all the questions have got video solutions but we intend to create videos for every question.

How tough are your questions?

Our questions will range from the easiest to the toughest questions to help the weak students and the better students. The distinction which makes us different is that many of these questions are examinable questions.

How long is each video?

Each video is in the range of 2 minutes to 13 minutes depending on the level of difficulty and the amount of explanation needed to help a student understand. Normally for topics like circles and speed, it requires more explanation. Therefore, on average, we think that our questions are approximately 5 minutes long.