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What is UCMAS?
How does it work?
UCMAS Methodology
Where is UCMAS?
UCMAS is the only abacus based program that enables a child to use left and right side of brain.

Memory is the ability to store and retrieve information and experiences. It has been found that memory in the left brain would not stay long, but an image that is recorded in the right brain would stay on in the mind forever. By stimulating the right brain with mental arithmetic, and in combination with the alertness of the eyes, ears and hands, the ability to store and recall is developed together. Therefore, the ability to solve 10-digits arithmetic problems in only a few seconds is only a small success in comparison to the actual mental training that has been done in order to achieve the skill to perform rapid calculations. At the right age, UCMAS program:
  • Enables development and utilization of the whole brain
  • Improves in speed and accuracy (also in areas other than abacus calculation)
  • Improves memory
  • Promotes creativity, concentration and focus
  • Improves confidence, resulting in better overall performance
  • Lays down a strong foundation for academic achievement
  • Enables students to solve mathematical problems (+,-,x, /) in record time
  • Improves Imagination

Core Value:
The left and right hemispheres of our brain process information differently. While we have a natural tendency towards one way of thinking, the two sides of our brain work together in our everyday lives. Right brain focuses on visual details and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. Left brain is verbal, processes information in analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces and then putting them together to get the whole.

Left brain thinking is verbal and analytical. Right brain is non-verbal and intuitive, using pictures rather than words. The best illustration of this is to listen to people giving directions. A left brain person will say something like "From here, go west three blocks and turn north on Vine Street. Go three or four miles and then turn east onto Broad Street." A right brain person will sound something like: "Turn right (pointing right) by the church over there (pointing again). Then you will pass a McDonalds and a Wal-Mart. At the next light, turn right toward the BP station."

Though right-brain or non-verbal thinking is often regarded as more 'creative', there is no right or wrong here; it is merely two different ways of thinking. One is not better than the other, just as being right-handed is not 'superior' to being left-handed. What is important is to be aware that there are different ways of thinking, and by knowing what your natural preference is, you can pay attention to your less dominant side to improve the same.

By learning abacus through the systematic training approach at UCMAS, children can fully realize their potential by activating both sides of their brain. By consciously using the right side of our brain, we can be more creative. More so because left brain strategies are the ones used most often in the classroom, right brain students sometimes feel neglected.

By activating the power of both hemispheres, a child will be able to retain knowledge better and become proficient in any subject, especially math.

Top two (2) reasons why your child should learn Abacus:
First, it is fun. With some practice, your child can impress your family and friends with amazing computation skills by calculating sums mentally.

Second, you can help your child achieve more than just math skills. You can boost your child's confidence, provide a sense of achievement, promote intuitive thinking, enhance problem-solving capability, enhance creativity, and improve concentration and mental endurance.

Albert Einstein believed that the imagination is more important than knowledge, because imagination is the main source of yet-to-be-discovered knowledge!