British Youth International College


Nimble Number Player recalls his time at Abacus – The story of Lakshya Verma

Hi my name is Lakshya, I am 14 years old, I enjoy playing video games and playing badminton, my hobbies include playing the piano and reading. I also enjoy swimming, for which I have previously got medals for. My favourite subjects at school are probably Drama and maths, but that wasn’t always the case…

I have got to admit, I never used to like maths, I would find it boring and I would rather be doing something fun like playing outside or playing video games. Then Abacus came into my life.

One of my favourite sayings of all time has been “What if I fall? Oh but darling what if you fly?” And that is what I felt when I started Abacus, I was reluctant and thought that it would be like maths at school, “great extra school,” I thought and I kept that mindset for the next few classes, but then I started to fly. It felt like a game and I wanted to progress through the Abacus maths levels, and you might be thinking, “Abacus Maths levels, like a game – never” but that is what it felt like. I have got to admit though, at times it was tough and I felt like quitting , but then I would get motivation by the great team of Supermaths and here I am now, 3 years later doing mental calculations so large it would seem like I have a calculator in my head.

But like everyone else I started from the basics, using my fingers then progressing onto the abacus tool and finally to the stage where I can imagine the tool and do sums in my head.

Not only is it enjoyable, but doing maths on an abacus improves your concentration and focus. Mental abacus also aids in developing visualisation and memory skills. Because of this course I am also more confident and talkative individual.

I feel joining abacus has been a life changing experience, I will never think of maths the same ever again…