*In this article, we first introduce the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) and dive deeper into what the learning
jourey of a GEP student is like. Then, we will take you through the 3-step process to determine whether or not your
child is likely suitable for the GEP. Click the steps below to skip to the relevant segments.*

- Step 1: Does Your Child Show Interest In Math?
- Step 2: Does Your Child Find School Math Boring?
- Step 3: Can Your Child Solve These Questions?

The Gifted Education Programme (GEP) is a highly selective academic programme designed to identify the top 1% of students with outstanding intelligence. It was started in 1984 in order to have a differentiated curriculum for gifted students and create an environment suitable for teaching gifted students. Since then it has caused much anxiety in parents who have many queries about this program.

The GEP curriculum is an enriched curriculum designed to meet the needs of GEP students. The enriched curriculum covers the same content areas as those in the mainstream, but is extended in breadth and depth. Catering to the needs of intellectually gifted children, this programme exposes them to non-routine questions that require keen logical reasoning, pattern spotting and visualisation skills. GEP students will also learn skills for independent inquiry and are encouraged to do explorations on self-selected areas of interest.

## We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each intellectually gifted student is recognised, nurtured and developed.

Do you often hear your child saying any these things?

"7 x 7 = 49, 7 x 8 = 56, 7 x 9 = 64, ..." "1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 13, 21, ..."

If you have a child who is constantly interested in numbers, number patterns, geometric patterns, shapes or any content math-related, there is a high likelihood you have a gifted child on your hands.

Gifted children typically behave in a certain manner. They are often caught doing assessment books, watching math on YouTube or researching numbers on Google! They love talking about math and numbers. So if you observe your child exhibiting such behaviour and also exceeding expectations in school, he or she is most likely suitable for the GEP programme.

At Tutify Education, we train hundreds of students each year. Both GEP and Math Olympiad students may be classified under the
category of 'Mathematically Gifted'. When our coach walks into a GEP or Math Olympiad class, the environment is lively, noisy
and uplifting. These students obviously have a lot to discuss! It is clear to see how much they enjoy attending class.

Why then do they find school math boring?

Take it this way: If you were forced to read a book you had already read multiple times, will you still find it interesting?
Our math geniuses know their stuff. To them, math comes naturally. So, naturally, when they are forced to sit through a math
lesson in school that teaches the questions they already know, how then could they find it interesting?

It is very common for parents to call us and share that their child is getting bored with maths at school. They come to us
seeking a maths enrichment class that is suitable for their child. This is because these parents are feeling anxious that
their child might start to lose interest in the subject due to the lack of stimulation in school.

GEP and Math Olympiad Training courses are different to the maths taught in school. Yes, we cover the topics required by MOE as part of the primary maths syllabus but we dive deeper and cover a wider range of problems. This is why such courses fall under the category of being a maths enrichment class for primary school.## Boredom is simply the absence of an interesting perspective.

Each week, we conduct our maths enrichement class (i.e. GEP and Olympiad) in such a way that develops students' logical reasoning, pattern-spotting and visualisation skills. We have a strong a proven teaching methodology that has helped them develop the skills they need to qualify for the GEP, even if they may not be the Top 1% among their peers. Students are exposed to topics that are covered by the school syllabus but require a higher level of understanding to solve.

BOREDOM CHECKLIST:

- Your Child Says He or She Is Bored With Math Class In School
- Your Child Seems To Be Losing Interest In Maths As A Subject
- Your Child Is Able To Complete Assessment Books Beyond His or Her Academic Level

Here are a couple of logical reasoning, pattern-spotting and visualisation problems that are commonly tested in the GEP Screening Test.
While being able to solve these questions is a good start, it does not mean that students who are unable to solve these questions
will not qualify for the GEP.

After helping hundreds of students qualify for the GEP, we come from a place of experience when we say that being gifted is not
just about having a certain set of problem-solving skills, it is about the ability to quickly and effectively learn new skills.
Therefore, whether or not your child is suitable for the GEP depends less on whether they can solve these questions but more on
whether or not they are:

- interested in non-routine questions and
- able to quickly and effective master the techniques required to solve them.

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Problem 1 | Problem 2 | Problem 3 | Problem 4 | Problem 5 |
---|---|---|---|---|

80 | 34, 55 | 10 | 21 | 7 |

Problem 6 | Problem 7 | Problem 8 | Problem 9 | Problem 10 |
---|---|---|---|---|

8 | Zebra | (12,221) (122,221) (1,222,221) | 4, 5, 6 | B |

Be it for the purposes of GEP selection or simply to increase your child's interest in the subject, there are only benefits to joining our Maths Enrichment Class. At Tutify Education, at least 70% of our students have cleared Round 1 of the Screening Test and a further 40% went on to get selected into the Gifted Education Programme. 100% of them who have gone through our GEP Preparation course have easily attained top grades in their school Mathematics exam. Deep conceptual understand and problem-solving tools helps students make connections and think outside the box - something that MOE demands of them as part of the 21st Century Core Competencies.## Students today need to have critical and inventive thinking skills to thrive in a complex world, where jobs now require non-routine analytical and interactive tasks.

So to all of you parents who are exploring this opportunity, we say, "Unleash the Genius in Your Child!"