CSM teaches High Performance
CSM teaches awesome skills
The math, literacy and problem-solving that CSM teaches are critical to success in school, college, work and life. These are skills that everyone can use in daily life, and many are unique to CSM. The example problems below are Core Skills that every person completes to earn their CSM Certificate.
Logic problemsCSM includes complex logic problems of the type that are frequently encountered in technical and financial fields. The challenges include multiple requirements and dealing with missing information (in this case, e.g., there is no information provided on the computer's bus speed).
GraphsIn addition to teaching how to read specific values from graphs, CSM takes a broader view of graphical literacy, including using graphs to answer qualitative questions and look for trends.
UnitsUnits are critically important to applying math in the real world - nothing is just a "10", it's 10 feet, 10 meters, $10 or 10 cars. CSM teaches students to focus on units as part of all applied operations. CSM also builds an intuitive sense of conversions and metric and English units.
ProofreadingProfessional communication is vital, and CSM both teaches common grammar errors and builds the attention-to-detail and carefulness required for detailed proofreading.
Problem solvingProblem-solving is a key part of the CSM curriculum: what is the question asking? where is the information? what information is relevant to solving the problem? what are the steps, and what is their order? This question focuses on planning - students must only determine HOW they will find the profits for Hair of the Dog in March, but there are no numbers for them to execute the plan.
LiteracyCSM takes a deep view of literacy, including knowing where to find information. In this problem, students must determine what information they would likely be able to find in a report from only the title and how the report is organized.
Mental mathMental math is the gateway to all quantitative analysis and estimation-driven decision-making, and CSM provides an introduction to mental calculation that is challenging even for most college graduates.
The CSM+ Course Library
The CSM+ Course Library includes additional courses that can be incorporated in the CSM experience. The CSM+ Course Library is included in the Standard and Premium packages.
In the Challenge Problems, accessed after the CSM Course is complete, students tackle problem-solving and thinking challenges to the advanced college level. Some Challenge Problems follow various professionals (police officer, reporter, veterinarian, etc) through contextualized problems, others require interpretation of cutting-edge social science research, and yet others dive deep into developing fluent math intuitions.Additional CSM+ Courses are in development. Contact us for information on creating custom CSM+ Courses.