VEDIC MATHEMATICS FEEDBACK
1. Anuj Gupta
Hari Om and greetings, thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my feedback for the Vedic Mathematic Course. Before I begin, let me introduce myself. My name is Anuj Gupta, a high school student currently residing in Ontario, Canada. I enrolled a few months ago, and am currently studying the seventh lesson. Here are some of my thoughts so far:
The course so far has been enjoyable, and is easy to master each lesson once you understand and apply the knowledge to the practice problems. There have been very little obstacles, although I had initially thought that it might be difficult to learn since it originated from India and the fact that my Hindi and Sanskrit are very poor. However, as I read through the course introduction and syllabus, I was surprised to see it all in English. In fact, there are some texts in each lesson which are written in Hindi/Sanskrit, but underneath each “Sutra” there lies a translated piece in English. In addition, the introductory lesson contains a page of how to read and speak each Sanskrit character.
Although the course does provide and strengthen one's mental math aptitude, I currently have only seen a few practical applications of it in day to day life. For instance, when buying groceries and awaiting check-out, you can use it to give a rough estimation of your bill before it is all counted. Other than that, I have not noticed any other changes. Nevertheless, I can imagine that my resourceful and quick thinking skills would continue to get better as I learn newer ways to tackle problems, and decide whether to use an old or new method to solve problems efficiently. Otherwise I am not too sure yet,how it would help me significantly in my regular school studies.
One minor improvement I may suggest is that there should be an increasing amount of practice problems at the end of each lesson as the student approaches end of a section, and that these additional problems may be answered using methods from the previous lessons. This would encourage students to continue practicing older methods and keeping it fresh in their minds prior to the Questionnaires (although the student is already expected to review previous lessons time to time). A second but trivial improvement is to add more examples in each lesson on how to solve problems using the newly learned method. Not too many, but two or 3 should suffice.
Overall, I am enjoying this math course a lot, as math is my favourite and best subject at school. I am glad that I am able to express feedback for it, as well as that I still have a long way to go before completion. I want to thank Vivekji to introduce this course to me.
VEDIC MATHRIX 2017 SUMMER CAMP
I’m Sanghamitra, a curious little fresher pursuing Computer Science and Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. I shall directly delve into the matter of concern. I would like to highlight upon the fact that most of our high school lives are spent in exam-oriented learning. We lay our complete focus on our school subjects and topics hoping that only that is going to lend us a hand in cracking competitive exams. We abstain from social media and sometimes from the whole world of internet to help us concentrate. We rarely get the opportunity to think beyond what is taught in school or coaching centres. Such unparalleled experiences are offered by Summer Schools in STEM.
These camps train students beyond the scope of exams, kindling the Socrates in each of us. Here, I would like to illustrate how a summer camp on Geometric Construction and Ancient Indian Algebra helps me now with a first year subject called Engineering Drawing (EG). Some schools in Chennai and the North of India have the option of choosing EG as a subject in high school. I did my schooling in Tamil Nadu in a city where only the standard streams of PCMB and PCMCs were available to choose from. I mostly relied on the internet and books for learning cool stuff. Sometimes, even if we had access to internet resources, there’s no focused learning. This is where the summer camps come into play. The camp I mentioned earlier was titled 'Vedic Mathrix', organized by Chinmaya International Foundation and School of Vedic Maths during the month of April in 2016. The faculty, Vinay Nair, is an exceptional teacher who has enlightened many students across India with his book, 'The teacher who taught us to think'. At school, our lessons would be stopped with 4-sided polygon construction. Here, at the camp, Geometric Constructions of polygons with sides greater than 4 and of Indian Yantras were dealt. I learnt how to construct a Pentagon, Hexagon, Sri Yantra and a few more interesting structures geometrically and still remember a few. At college, on the first day of my EG class, my professor put up a general question, “How many of you know the geometric construction of a Pentagon and a Hexagon?”. In a class of 55, no hands went up. That’s when I realised how something I did for the fun in it actually helped me out academically. I was able to construct those figures on my notebook. I understood that this is the point where competitive exams like JEE break down and this is when extra learning that we do for ourselves takes the lead. I would urge all Math lovers to take this annual residential camp 'Vedic Mathrix' held in Ernakulam, Kerala, during the second fortnight of April.