SMART Academy stands for Soroban Mental ARithmetic Training Academy. It is founded in 2013 which is adapted and developed the concept based on the Soroban Computational methods from Japan. It was designed into a comprehensive curriculum for the purpose of introducing it to the children of Sweden. Today, this Mental Arimetic Methodology International has over 5,000,000 students throughout the world and numbers are growing every day.
SMART Academy - Soroban Mental Arithmetic and Brain Developement program is advised by a panel of advisors who are experts in the various fields of Mathematics. Besides SMART Academy has a qualified academic board with renowned experts and teachers who are trained to provide quality education that is fun and accurate.
The SMART Academy programs are scientific management techniques that reveal the brain's infinite potential of human brain.
Today, as a dynamic, SMART Academy is based on an objective committed to creating a new generation of students mentally prepared for the challenges of a competitive environment.
The primary objective of SMART Academy is to provide a quality skill based Mental Arithmetic program incorporating the most advanced and innovative advances in education; to offer a valuable service to the community by contributing to the development of children - the future citizens, while maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards.
In response to the demand, SMART Academy International has embarked on a systematic development program designed to take SMART Academy to masses all over the world by means of franchising out its considerable expertise, knowledge and resources in the field of Mental Arithmetic and Brain Developement.
Mental calculation can be classified into two groups. One is the Soroban Mental Arithmetic Training Method that uses the right brain. The other is the Mathematical Method that uses the left brain. In the Soroban Method of Mental calculation, the right brain memorizes the patterns of answers processed. In this method, answers are stored in the long-term memory as intuitive images. The memorization method (which uses the left brain) that is commonly utilized for examinations only uses the short-term memory.
There seems to be no wonder that 80% of the students at the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University have learned the soroban. This type of "Brain Power" is acquired through mental calculation training. People who start this training while still young are more likely to acquire this "Brain Power" effectively.
There is a training component called "mental calculation of figures read out aloud" (yomiageanzan). In this training, a problem is read out aloud while the student promptly comprehends and mentally processes it. It may seem like an outdated way of learning, but it actually trains the "Brain Power" of listening intently, or speed listening.
Mental Arithmetic is a form of training which will enhance a child ability to do calculation without the aid of any instruments such as calculator, Soroban and etc. The child will be able to calculate with speed and accuracy using his mental power.
Ms. Kimiko Kawano at Nippon Medical School has demonstrated in her research that soroban users in high 'DAN' (ranks) use their right brain in the soroban method of mental calculation. Inspiration, such as problem solving and invention, is said to come from the right brain. The "Brain Power" that enhances the shortest route for the thought process needed for problem solving is also developed there.
In addition, Professor Toshio Hayashi at Osaka Prefecture University emphasizes that the training of finger movements encourages synapses to be entwined with each other and constructs neuron networks. Inspiration creates new concepts and is one of the "brain powers" that is required in many fields.This is shown by the thousands of students who learn the soroban at juku classes.
A high value is placed on the benefits of soroban which are listed below:
Ability to visualize and to be inspired (Inspiration)
Ability to concentrate (Concentration)
Ability to observe attentively (Insight)
Ability to process information (Information processing)
Ability to memorize (Memorization)
Ability to listen and read quickly (Speed reading and listening)
Develops mental calculation, which is the ultimate resource.