#### Why ALPHA Works

## Teaches via problem solving

ALPHA Mathematics teaches via problem solving through the systematic development of problem sets; and by focusing on both aspects of problem solving - the method and the process.

### Focus on the Problem Solving Process

ALPHA Mathematics explicitly teaches an efficient 4-step UPAC problem solving process. This process builds good habits for approaching mathematical problems of all levels of difficulty.

### Focus on the Problem Solving Method

ALPHA Mathematics explicitly teaches different problem solving strategies and how to select, express, categorise and compare these strategies.

#### Problem Solving Strategies

### The Bar Model Method

The Bar Model Method is one of the most powerful strategies for mathematical problem solving. It allows students to solve complex word problems using visual representation.

### Varied Problem Sets

Students progress through different types of problem sets including word problems and non-routine problems.

#### Word Problems

- Enable students to apply knowledge learned and make mathematics relevant to daily life.
- Assess students’ ability to apply knowledge learned.

#### Non-routine Problems

- Provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge to unusual or complex problem situations.
- Develop higher order thinking skills.