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UK teen becomes maths genius after mum teaches him to use ABACUS

A kid who was struggling at school is now a maths genius after his mum taught him to use an ABACUS - which she says can help today's children. Dr Rashmi Mantri, 45, used the ancient technique she learned while growing up in India to tutor son Dhruv Maheshwari, 16, after school. She noticed Dhruv began struggling with maths in primary five and was worried he couldn’t do simple sums. But after just six days he began to take to the abacus and was transformed into a maths whizz – with his classmates parents even reaching out for help. Dhruv has now landed an apprenticeship at drinks firm Diageo and said his teachers would be shocked by his career choice after his maths struggles. And his mum is using her abacus tutoring to teach thousands of kids around the world. Proud mum-of-one Dr Mantri, from Glasgow, said: “My son went from zero to hero because of an abacus. “I never thought I would teach him using an abacus, but it was something I used as a child in India and it was always helpful. “He can use it much faster than a calculator. “His teacher saw him using the abacus and thought it was magic maths. “He was asked to perform at an assembly and then other parents started getting in touch to ask if I could help their children.” In 2016 Dr Mantri launched the British Youth International College (BYITC) and is now using her abacus tutoring to teach to thousands of kids around the world. IT specialist Dr Mantri said the humble abacus can be used for calculations into the trillions and kids enjoy learning on it because it’s like a game. “I think the success comes because children can touch and feel an abacus and visualise them. “They become a playing tool for younger children, it feels like a game. “My son wasn’t interested in maths or studies but since using an abacus his life has completely changed. “He is so confident now and I am so proud.”

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