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I wrote this workbook with a vision that is I wanted to create a workbook which, I think, will be good and useful for children. This workbook was created based on my personal educational background and teaching experience and my own chess coaching experience with my own son. All these experiences and observations tell me that a student has a higher IQ and has higher than average math score does not mean necessarily that this student will do well in math contests. Everybody can learn math but the results could be very different. Other than to have a smart brain and the ability to learn math faster than the other children, a child needs other "qualities' to do well consistently in math contests. These special qualities include perseverance, patience, and willingness to take time to think. The ability of being able to draw conclusion; do comparisons; expand and instill learned knowledge onto other problems; can follow and write procedures or steps neatly and logically; organize and list data; visualize spatial relations. The student could be trained vigorously but without real interest and willingness to work on problems, then the enthusiasm of training on math contests will last long, so we know to use one pure math contest workbook alone is difficult to achieve the effect of "all-round" training. The is my vision of creating this integrated 3-in-1, unique workbook. Why is this workbook so huge? (What unique is about this workbook?) How to train a child to be more patient? How to train a student to observe and compare? One way of achieving these is to use puzzles, this is the main reason that puzzles are included in this book, Further, puzzles can increase a child's IQ. How to train a child to think "out of the box" and be creative? The integrated chess, Sudoku, and math computational puzzled can help. When considering all the above purposes, the result is that this workbook has become a huge workbook.
How did I get started to create this workbook?
I received my university education in Taiwan and later received my Science of Statistics master degree in the US. My working of teaching and research of math at my own learning Centre Ho Math Chess based in Canada has offered me insights on how math is taught differently in different countries. Integrated game is a good way of learning math, in our case, chess is integrated into our worksheets, not a totally separate subject. This is one uniqueness of our series of Ultimate Math Contest Preparation, Problem Solving Strategies, and Math IQ Puzzles workbook. Since each of our workbooks has many different parts, so students could pick other materials other than math contest.
Why teachers, coaches, parents, or students should buy this workbook?
We need a workbook which not only just teach math contest, it should also be fun for children to work on and at the same time to enhance their brain power. This is the vision which leads me to create this workbook and if you agree with my idea and view, then this world's first 3-in-1 integrated math contest, problem solving strategies and fun math IQ workbook is for you and your student or child.
Frank Ho is a Canadian professional math teacher and the founder of Ho Math Chess Tutor Franchise Centre based in Canada. He has bachelor's degrees in Statistics and Computer Science and a Master's degree in Statistics. He worked as a Statistical Consultant both at the University of Utah, USA and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada for almost 20 years before he founded the Vancouver Ho Math Chess in Canada. Ho Math Chess Tutor Franchise Centre has a unique teaching methodology and invented world first innovative math workbook which integrates math, Sudoku, and chess. Frank Ho also invented the flat chess set using Geometry Chess Symbols which are the core technology of creating so many innovative and fun arithmetic workbooks. Amanda Ho has a bachelor's degree in Science with over 10 years of tutoring math experience from kindergarten to grade 12 in Canada. She has co-authored over 30 math, Sudoku, chess and IQ puzzles integrated workbooks.