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Why learn Abacus?

An abacus is a calculating tool that has been used since ancient times. It was used in the ancient Near East, Europe, China, and Russia, centuries before the adoption of the Hindu-Arabic numeral system. As an approach to learning maths, the abacus reduces demands on short-term memory. The abacus makes the best use of what we’ve got in terms of cognitive capacity. It fits the limits of human cognition and short-term memory. 

Abacus makes learning a matter of doing. It’s an active, engaging process.

UC San Diego psychologist David Barner led one of the studies on Abacus, and he argues that abacus training can significantly boost math skills with effects potentially lasting for decades.

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