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Testtimony 7 by Moses Chan

Moses Chan has been learning J. S. U. Mental Mathematic in Southlake with Mrs. Ling Hu since he was 5 years old. Like many kids, he had a difficult focusing and was very active in class at the beginning. His parents had to sit with him to complete his homework every week, but they never gave up. 

In the continuous studying of Mental Math, his concentration has dramatically improved. He was able to advance 2 years ahead of his school peers in mathematics. When he was in 3rd grade, he received a Presidential Award from the President’s Education Awards Program. This award was signed by former president, Barack Obama, and is the Nation's most prestigious award for individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education. 
He has placed 1st place in Number Sense, a District Academic UIL competition, for 5 consecutive years. This year, he won first place again out of all 8th graders in NISD and CISD. 

The benefits of learning Mental Math extend beyond the limits of mathematics. Moses has applied the skills he learned in Mental Math and helped him to excel in music and other subjects. He has repeatedly won the highest honor in the piano competitions (Superior+), as well as taekwondo, and swimming competitions. 

Mental Math greatly built up his confidents in all aspects. His parents are very proud of his passion for math, as well as the enhanced memory, concentration and self-discipline. He once said, “When communicating with my friends that don’t take Mental Math classes, I feel like I see math in a totally different way than them. These classes changed how I interpreted math and made it more easy and simple for me. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish such amazing feats without the help of Mental Math and Mrs. Hu’s teaching.”


Testimony 6 by Alexander Dich

I am in the 12th grade attending Garland High School. Ever since I started doing mental math in kindergarten/1st grade, I developed an interest in mathematics. Speed, accuracy, and the ability to do calculations involving higher numbers gradually developed. I feel that these skills not only helped me in math, but in other academic areas as well. This is mostly due to the fact that my overall memory improved, helping me recall things with minimal studying.

From elementary school to middle school, I've competed in many UIL and TMSCA events. UIL Number Sense and Mathematics were held on a district level, where I received 1st from 4th to 8th grade in UIL Number Sense. Middle school TMSCA consisted of four events: Number Sense, Calculator, Mathematics, and Science. These were weekly competitions on a regional level, and at a state level at the end of the school year. Mostly, I received first in Number Sense with a few second places at the regional level. At state, I've received 4th, 5th, and 3-way tie for 9th. In calculator and math, I usually received rankings in the top 10, with a few first places.
High school UIL is much more competitive, as all high school students, regardless of grade level, compete against each other. At the district level, I've received 2nds and one 3rd in Number Sense, one 1st and 2 3rds in Calculator, and a 6th and 3rd in math. At the regional level, I've received an 8th and a 7th in Number Sense. We did not make it to the State level as we were the 2nd place team for Number Sense and Calculator in both 2008 and 2009.
By practicing mental math, I increased my speed, accuracy, and retention, helping me with these accomplishments. From elementary school up until now, my speed increased at a steady pace.
Last I personally checked, I was 4th in my class; however, I've recently been told that I moved up to 3rd. This is unofficial as of right now, however. I think that I've been able to come this far due to increased retention. From this rank, therefore, I will have higher chances of getting into the college that I would like to attend, and be successful in the future.


Testimony 5

JSU Mental Arithmetic Rocks 

We were introduced to Ms. Tseng�s mental arithmetic class by one of my best friends more than six years ago, whose daughter was then in Ms Tseng�s class and showed us the amazing arithmetic she learned. We were so impressed and decided to let our daughter (who was in kindergarten that time) try the mental arithmetic. Of course, like some other parents, we were skeptical how this could help our daughter to learn mathematics at school. 

Soon after our daughter started the class, she showed great interest in learning the new way to add/subtract /multiply/divide numbers. She was doing great and having a good time. Two years ago, we decided to send her to private school since we felt she would get better chances to advance academically. She had to take ISEE which we had not heard about before. Our daughter did not have any other math skill workshops other than Ms. Tseng�s mental arithmetic. Though she had no time to prepare, she scored a perfect 100% in math for a sixth grade level ISEE test (she was a fourth grader that time). She was accepted by a few prestigious private schools in the Dallas area.  

The mental arithmetic really does much more than just help a child with numbers. In our experience, it is no doubt a great tool to empower children�s brains and develop the fundamental mathematical skills. Most other math workshops may just teach children advanced math concepts. For example, they teach first graders second or third grade math so they can be better than other kids in school. The mental arithmetic emphasizes brain development and empowers children in future learning. It is superior to any other math workshop in our opinion.  

Ms Tseng is the most dedicated teacher we have ever met. Like many other kids, our daughter and son have quite few after school enrichment classes and athletic activities: painting, Chinese, piano, viola, swimming, basketball, just to name a few. Ms. Tseng is the best teacher we have ever had. We have heard so many complaints about teachers shorting class time while charging full tuition. For a 40 minute lesson your kid may only get about 30 minutes of it since the teacher may start a few minutes late and finish a few minutes early. For Ms. Tseng, one and half hour class usually goes beyond two hours since she wants to make sure all kids in the class understand the concepts and master the skills. Ms. Tseng also has employed many creative lessons in her classes. Our kids are not only learning, but also have lots of fun. All we can say is that our children are so fortunate to have a teacher like Ms Tseng. We are truly grateful to have Ms. Tseng in our community to teach mental arithmetic.

Testimony 4

A testimony from a 6th grader in her own words

Hi, my name is Sabrina. I just finished my 5th grade year and I was an A honor roll student. Today I want to talk about how a certain math program has benefited me in my learning at school, JSUD Mental Math.

             I started mental math when I was age 6, in first grade. Mental math was my way of really learning. It was challenging, exciting, and mentally hard-at first. After you learn the ways of the imaginary abacus, you basically have the fundamentals to do everything else. Now at school I am doing great in all subjects, not just only math.

Mental math is based on the ancient Chinese method of counting, except you do it in your brain, not on an abacus. As I progressed and learned how to do multiplication with bigger and bigger numbers and division too ,we started having tests. Now don�t stress out, the tests are a good way to know how much progress you�ve made. When you pass you get a round of applause and the pride of conquering a new level. I never quit and reached Pro 10, the highest level. Reaching out to that goal helped me to be the best in my class.

In my fourth and fifth grade years I attended an extracurricular school program called Lone Star Challenge. This program is a competition between the schools that participate in LSC. It features a single topic to focus on, such as the olympics and study skills. We have assignments like making mindmaps, doing word searches,  crossword puzzles and memorizing information. My good memory I got from mental math  and it has helped me memorize facts. At the end of the school year we have our competition against all the other Frisco schools. There is a math/science test, a reading/social studies test, an essay, and a Super Quiz, in which all the schools meet at a certain school and every LSC member has to answer five random questions on the topic. All of the tests, including the essay, are timed so my quickness and accuracy help me finish in time and get all the answers correct at the same time. Overall in  I did the best in everything. Our team got 1st in our school district and 3rd in the state! Mental math really helped in memorize information for the competition.

Mental math has helped me to improve my concentration, memory, and organization in my brain because all of that practice of racking up numbers in my brain. It allowed me to reach out for those goals and believe that I could some day get there. The tests made the school math exams easier because I could calculate faster than anybody else, and also because it reduced the stress on me, because I knew if I put my heart to it and worked hard, I could get a good grade. My mother noticed my improvements and now is letting my brother take the class. He is almost done with the fourth book and is doing well. I think everybody could benefit from taking this class, because this class not only improves your math skills and speed, but it also gives you an aura of self confidence and helps you to work towards your goal and reach up to the stars.


Testimony 3

Children can Reap Huge Benefits from Learning Mental Arithmetic

I witnessed J.S.U. Mental Arithmetic in action, when I was at college in Taiwan. I recall that it happened at a super market.  When I was about to pay for my purchase, a classmate of mine figured out accurately the total cost including tax in her mind. This gave me a deep impression.  

My son, Michael, loves mathematics and can work on 20 pages of math problems without getting tired. When he was about 5 years old, we let him join J.S.U. Mental Math. Over a period of three years, his  school records were excellent. Furthermore, he excelled in music as well. I believe this is because the training he received from Mental Math enhanced his memory and concentration capability. People believe that music and pictures (Image abacus) relate to the right side of one's brain. This provides the evidence that Mental Math helps in the development of one's brain on the right-hand side. Many people thought that Mental Math will only help with one's mathematical capability. However, my own experience in studying Mental Math with Michael indicates that in addition to a clear improvement in alertness, there are advancements in comprehension, memory, concentration and strength to challenge oneself. Michael has been an award winner in Number Sense, Spelling Bee, and piano competitions.  

My younger son, Andrew, started to learn Mental Math when he was about five and half years old. Under the guidance of instructor, Ms. Tseng, his school record has been excellent in all areas. In particular, he got a full score in every subject during his second grade! Clearly, this is beyond expectation. 

When my sons were in kindergarten they were in the GT class (Gifted and Talented group). Teachers and classmates all said that their mathematical capability was outstanding. The Speed Math at school was an easy task for them. The fifth grade teacher did a special evaluation of Michael and indicated that he was at the eighth grade level. Teacher recommended him to participate in the Credit by Exam held by the school district in June. By mid July we received the notice that his record was excellent and that next school year he could register at eighth grade math. I believe all these are the result of the application of Mental Math that leads to a much better development in his brain, which, in turn, generates confidence, perseverance and determination.  

In the past, when we asked, �Who is the best student in your mathematics class?� They would answer �Don't know.�, or �May be it is I?�. Now, they would say, � Of course, I am the best!�.  I am truly glad that they gain a lot of confidence after learning Mental Math. I also wish that after they have completed the regular mental arithmetic, they will continue with the more advanced course.  

Daphne  Lee, Student Guardian in Dallas, July, 2009

The J.S.U Mental Math classes in Dallas, Arlington and Southlake/Mid-Cities area are open to student enrollment throughout the year. Inquiry may be directed to instructor Tseng 469-235-5006 in Dallas, Ellen Wang at 469-888-3213 in Irving, instructor Hsu at 469-682-8855 in Arlington or instructor Mrs. Ling  Hu for Southlake area at  817-251-1940  

Testimony 2

Below are the testimonies from one of many proud parents who emailed to Ms. Tseng about her daughter Samantha and mental math.  

Part one --- 2003

I have something to share with you.
Samantha thought Mental Math((MM) doesn't help school work earlier because they have to show step by
step work. However, it did help on her crossmetics recently. She is the only 3rd grader in 6th grade math
class and she competes with the other 4th and 5th grade LEAP students whose IQ are all above 140. She
got the perfect 5 points at her 4th Olympia math competition two weeks ago. There were three students
got perfect 5 points in her LEAP team. One of them is a 5th grade student and the other one is a 4th grader who won the first place last year at 3rd grade Math competition. The Olympia team comes from 4th grade and 5th grade LEAP classes with students who are learning 6th grade & above Math. Remember, they are competing with each other and the other 5th grade teams internationally. Her teacher was so surprised on her achievement last few Math Olympia competitions. However, she didn't seem surprised this time because Samantha almost got 5 points last time if she wrote neatly on her think sheet that she won't miss count the answer.
   They started to have crossmetics as homework about 6 weeks ago and she said MM does help on figure the answer out quickly. Her classmates saw her doing her crossmetics so quick and they wondering how does she do that. Of course, MM is one of her secrete weapon.  Her teacher still doesn't know she can do MM so quick because Samantha is so quiet in the class (she won't speak until teacher call her up) and they started to notice her because of Math Olympia competition. Her teacher asked anyone know the answer of 2.2 * 2.2 couple days ago and Samantha said she is the only one who raise hand right away but teacher didn't see her(she is too small among those 4th and 5th graders) and said I believe nobody can figure it out quickly. She answered herself and class moved on. Sam already wrote down her answer on the paper right before teacher said the answer out and she kept quiet as usual. The teacher asked them do one crossmetics each week as homework. She started it from the first one as everyone. However, she found it is really fun and try to persuade her teacher gave her more. She finished all 45 crossmetics in 6 weeks two days ago and I believe that broke the record. Because the teacher said she even out the previous record when she was at 19th corssmetics and she said Samantha is the "Richy" on crossmetics in her class. The "Richy" name from the previous class crossmetics champion. He is at 7th grade math class now. Her teachers asked her to tutor a 5th grade boy in her math class and said to everyone in her math class that she is the Richy so everyone go to her for crossmetics help. Both classes doing the crossmetics and the other class had being doing it since last year when they were in the same class as Samantha is now. Now, even they continued from last year's. They are doing very hard not to surpass by Samantha. Everyday, each class students asked each other classmates where did both fastest students at.
They fed Samantha the information on which one the other boy doing now in the upper class everyday. They are all got excited until Samantha finished two days ago. Her teacher still didn't know then because only some students asked Samantha which one was she at and she told them she finished them all. I think the teacher knew that when she graded the paper. It was so exciting. Her teacher thought Samantha wanted to break the record. However, Samantha really wanted was see how hard the crossmetics can be one after the others. She loves to be challenged. Samantha's mind was occupied with crossmetics for weeks and didn't practice Mental Math enough so she failed. I was in there with her too. She was so hard on herself after the MM certification exam. She cried and cried... I was so disappointed then. We were feeling better next day. Life still goes on and this is only the beginning. Now, Samantha knows MM really help and the ability is accumulated. We are so proud of her and glad that she started MM in your class two year ago.    Mrs. Weng

Part Two --- 2006

My daughter learned Mental Math since 1st grade and she stays in the "after book 8 class" after she finished book 7. She passed the 1st-upper-level mental math certificate exam early this year. I am satisfied with her mental math learning these past 5 years because I can tell she benefits from Mental Math on many aspects.

 My daughter got the highest total score at Math Olympiad competition at McCoy elementary school. She also won the 1st place at CFBISD 5th grade math competition this school year. They have to answer 50 problem solving questions in 40 minutes during the competition. The 2nd place winner told her that he had 4 questions unanswered. My daughter not only finished all questions but she was able to recheck several of them. She said mental math help her a lot on solving those problem. They were allowed to bring calculators but she only used it to recheck her answers.

Furthermore, She won the 2nd place at school level Spelling Bee competition this school year. You must wonder how she benefits spelling Bee from Mental Math practice. Her teacher loan her Spelling Bee booklet 3 days before the competition and she read them through for 2 nights (about 1.5 hours per night). She was happy she was alternative to compete in district level Spelling Bee competition which was better than the 3rd place she won last school year. I wondered how she did it. She said she spell words in her mind like doing mental math.

She is my living calculator when we do the shopping. She did put mental math technique in much use.

You must think it's easy for us. Actually, we have everyone involved in her learning since beginning. My husband learned the 10 fingers calculation method when we saw their demonstration at book 1 and he practiced with her from time to time. They played it like a game. My daughter hates to memorize stuff so it came to the tough time to get her memorize multiplication table. Thanks to my friend who lend us the multiplication song which made in Taiwan. My daughters sang the song with CD and learn it naturally. There were sometime she didn't want to do her mental math homework. We have to reward her to do the work.

 Thanks to Mrs. Tseng on helping us and my daughter through each step of learning. She is the best. My daughter likes to do mental math homework and listening to the music at the same time. Sometimes, she even sings with the CD. I was afraid that distract her but she said it doesn�t even slow her speed down. I don�t know how it works because she can read book and do the crocheting at the same time without slowing down her reading speed now. Mental math did help her build up self confidence. She said math is everywhere and she loves math because she is good at it. -----Mrs Weng


Testimony 1 

Jean Steele wrote:

I learned about mental arithmetic from friends who were helping to find people to start a new class.  My children seemed to learn the first concepts quickly so we decided to let them continue taking the class after the first 3 months of class were over.

Our kids have been taking mental arithmetic lessons for 2 years. I am pretty sure that my son has improved his concentration and focus and improved his test taking skills because of the extra practice from mental arithmetic. His school teachers noticed he could do 5th grade math when he was starting 3rd grade.  Both kids have good concentration and persistence for working on their school work without help. They both have scored at the top of their classes on the math portion of ITBS and TAKs tests they received at Colleyville Elementary. They also have good scores on other subjects so that they get the opportunities to be in their schools� gifted and talented programs. Some of the other kids and teachers in their school don�t really understand how they are doing arithmetic but, if they have to, our kids can still do math the traditional way that is taught in school. It may slow them down to work that way but they are still faster than most kids.

Recently, our kids did a demonstration of mental math for the talent show at their school, Colleyville Elementary. They did a few problems similar to the open house here today. The teachers, principal, other students and parents were amazed at how quickly they could work. When people ask me how they do it I can�t really explain myself because now their level is so advanced I don�t understand either. I guess the explanation is something like �they have a system for doing math where the workload on their brain is distributed to areas that most of us don�t use when we do math the traditional way. The system helps them break down problems to small steps and keep track of number carries and borrows without confusing the basic math operations; add, subtract, multiply, and divide.� Most people can�t understand this explanation so I just tell them, �Its magic.�

Mental arithmetic has provided our kids a systematic approach to problem solving that helps them with subjects other than mathematics. Yesterday both our kids had their school science fair projects selected to go to the school district science fair. I have hopes that our kids will be ambitious and maybe, while their fellow classmates from GCISD are working on their junior and senior work in high school, our kids will go to early college like the Texas Academy of Math and Science at the University of North Texas in Denton. And when the other kids graduate from high school and are working on undergraduate degrees in college, our kids will be doing graduate work.

Once our kids started doing mental arithmetic, we recognized that it could help us to reach the goal of improving their life education and careers so they can achieve more than their parents. Our family has had to invest some time and effort and encouragement and discipline to get this far along the way but we can see this fits into our plans for them to achieve and excel.   

Today they are canvassing to try to find enough kids to start new beginner level mental arithmetic classes.  We have taken the classes for 2 years and are getting close to finishing up, but as long as there is a more advanced level we will probably be happy to continue.  We want everyone with kids ages 5 to 15 to consider if this could be something they would like to have for their children.     Jean Steele in 2001

Note: Marcella is a freshman and has been admitted into Kansas State University College of Veterinary Early Admission program. Maurice is in 11th grade and already has college credit for Algebra 2. --- Cathy Steele update in 2010.


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