Reviews on Shichida & Heguru

caljas

Active Member
Jts my experiences ... i went to many trial class in different areas of development.

I could Heguru is good. My LO is with them for 4 terms . We was away for 1 term and when we are back there is some difficulties to settle in the class again. It took a few sessions. Am glad I saw improvement in LO.

- Able to recognize letters
- Able to answer most questions in class correctly
- Dance to the songs
- I love that they teach foreign language

Of course, some activities is beyond LO's abilities as he is 14 months but in year 2 class. However after 2-3 lessons, he is easing into year 2 class .

Recently went to a cheaper right brain training class in thomson area. The fees is much cheaper but the quality is so much different.
- Teacher not well train
- Lesser activities but means more time for hands on
- flashing of cards slower than heguru by alot
- worksheet takes from internet (y I know cos am an educator myself so i know which site they took it from)
- materials are of low printing quality)
- lessons are in house develop ( getting from various sources and paste as 1 lesson)

After the trial with the above class in thomson, it really shows you pay what you get
 

Yanyang

Member
Jts my experiences ... i went to many trial class in different areas of development.

I could Heguru is good. My LO is with them for 4 terms . We was away for 1 term and when we are back there is some difficulties to settle in the class again. It took a few sessions. Am glad I saw improvement in LO.

- Able to recognize letters
- Able to answer most questions in class correctly
- Dance to the songs
- I love that they teach foreign language

Of course, some activities is beyond LO's abilities as he is 14 months but in year 2 class. However after 2-3 lessons, he is easing into year 2 class .

Recently went to a cheaper right brain training class in thomson area. The fees is much cheaper but the quality is so much different.
- Teacher not well train
- Lesser activities but means more time for hands on
- flashing of cards slower than heguru by alot
- worksheet takes from internet (y I know cos am an educator myself so i know which site they took it from)
- materials are of low printing quality)
- lessons are in house develop ( getting from various sources and paste as 1 lesson)

After the trial with the above class in thomson, it really shows you pay what you get

hi how much is the fees at Heguru ?
 

PenguinTux

New Member
Sent my gal when she was not even 1 year old and we were in the program till she was about 2 years old. We stopped going as she could not sit still in class. So i think it might be better to send kids when they are slightly older?
 

vanessapoh

New Member
My kids and I have attended several Right Brain Training programmes before, in Singapore as well in Malaysia. Sharing some feedback:

Shichida:
- Not bad, many hands-on handmade activities that engage my kids
- Tables and chairs arrangement. My boy who was initially active will be restless at the back of class, wont disturb friends
- Quite a no of non local teachers, but some are okay. Teachers not very lively
- Fees: 1 term - 12 lessons, about $834/term (no replacements even for PH) - $70/lesson

Heguru:
- Teachers are lively, but some pronunciation not as clear
- Faster paced than Shichida (can be good as some kids are like in a shock state, but can be not so good as kids not enuf time to complete the activity)
- Open concept, no tables and chairs (can be gd/bad)
- Fees: 1 term - 7 lessons, about $599.20/term (no replacements even for PH) - $85/lesson

Tweedlewink (Malaysia):
- Slower paced than the above 2, more gentle approach
- Teachers are lively
- A lot of supplementary and hands on activities, eg. Art activities
- Science included
- Not in Singapore

Genius League:
- Faster paced than Tweedlewink, but not as fast as Heguru. more time for activities
- Teachers are lively
- Tables and chairs arrangement
- Science experiments for 3 yrs onwards
- Fees: 1 term - 12 lessons. Promo rate $678/term (1 + 1 replacement lessons) - $56/lesson

My 1st boy no longer in right brain classes as have outgrown the age. My 2 younger ones are now in Genius League.

When they first start, all 3 can't keep still.. just got to hang on and be patient.. slowly their focus and attention will increase. But worthwhile cos over time you can see their memory improve, and can learn faster
 

Elaine12

Member
My kids and I have attended several Right Brain Training programmes before, in Singapore as well in Malaysia. Sharing some feedback:

Shichida:
- Not bad, many hands-on handmade activities that engage my kids
- Tables and chairs arrangement. My boy who was initially active will be restless at the back of class, wont disturb friends
- Quite a no of non local teachers, but some are okay. Teachers not very lively
- Fees: 1 term - 12 lessons, about $834/term (no replacements even for PH) - $70/lesson

Heguru:
- Teachers are lively, but some pronunciation not as clear
- Faster paced than Shichida (can be good as some kids are like in a shock state, but can be not so good as kids not enuf time to complete the activity)
- Open concept, no tables and chairs (can be gd/bad)
- Fees: 1 term - 7 lessons, about $599.20/term (no replacements even for PH) - $85/lesson

Tweedlewink (Malaysia):
- Slower paced than the above 2, more gentle approach
- Teachers are lively
- A lot of supplementary and hands on activities, eg. Art activities
- Science included
- Not in Singapore

Genius League:
- Faster paced than Tweedlewink, but not as fast as Heguru. more time for activities
- Teachers are lively
- Tables and chairs arrangement
- Science experiments for 3 yrs onwards
- Fees: 1 term - 12 lessons. Promo rate $678/term (1 + 1 replacement lessons) - $56/lesson

My 1st boy no longer in right brain classes as have outgrown the age. My 2 younger ones are now in Genius League.

When they first start, all 3 can't keep still.. just got to hang on and be patient.. slowly their focus and attention will increase. But worthwhile cos over time you can see their memory improve, and can learn faster
Hi, by what age will they outgrow right brain training? Thanks!
 
Hi Mummies,

I just signed up for my 4.5year old boy ytd at waterway point's branch. But then I realise that even though all hegurus are franchised, they are managed by different companies. Like, heguru education centre or heguru fusionopolis. I'd like to know what is the difference? In terms of the Teachers and teaching methods, are they all the same? Cause I saw a video on heguru fusionopolis, the principle says that their Teachers are trained in Japan. I hope I don't sign up with the wrong branch since it's so costly
 

limcpj

New Member
I sent my lo to Heguru CCK in Jan this year when she was just 10 months old. In my lo's class, there were babies who were as young as 6 months and as old as 12 months. At 10 months, my lo was moving a lot and it became very stressful for me to bring her to the class every week because I felt that she was a distraction to the other babies.

I also don't feel that my lo is learning as she seems to be in her own world and not engaging in the activities at all. Unlike the other babies in her class, they seemed to be more focus and able to sit quietly throughout the class or at least for the most part of the class. But there was one baby who cried so much on the first lesson that the mummy decided to leave the class before it ends.

We attended for two months and stopped. My lo is now 17 months and recently we started to attend Heguru again. This time we see some difference in her when she goes to class. She is more attentive and able to participate in the activities. During the last five months that we were not attending Heguru, my husband does flashcards and read books to her every weekend. So we are not sure my lo has become more attentive because she is older now or because the weekend reading and flashcards helped.

Every kid is different so to find out if your kid is suitable, perhaps the parents can sign up for a term to test it out themselves.

I feel that Heguru classes are very expensive and there is no trial class so once the fee is paid, it is not refundable, even when your kid is not suitable. Also, when the class falls on PH or if your kid is sick, there is no replacement class.
 

Give a hope

Well-Known Member
This is informative! Thank you! Just to add on to the list based on my own experience

Shichida:

- 1 teacher teaching 6 children
- Slower pace and lesser activities as compared to Heguru
- More hands-on activities as compared to Heguru
- Teacher's delivery can be dull and not as engaging
- Cannot feel the passion of my teacher
- Teachers mostly foreigners

* own verdict: persisted for 6 months and decided to switch


Heguru:
- 2 teachers teaching 6 children
- Very fast pace and more activities than Shichida
- More music, songs
- Teachers are a lot more energetic and engaging as compared to Shichida
- Mostly local teachers
- Heard from other mummies different centres are managed by different management and standard may differ. Generally, centres under "Heguru Education" are good, based on personal experience (I have attended Buangkok and then Waterway Point) and feedback from fellow mummies.... so far I am happy with the centres and classes.
Heard the newer branch in Sembawang is not very good. Not sure about "Heguru Method" as I have not tried them. Do more research before enrolling

* own verdict: still attending, can see progress in my children

Genius League:
* own verdict: Attended a trial class. Local set-up with no credentials. After experiencing Shichida and Heguru, I have to say Genius League is disappointing. Sub-standard class delivery, sub-standard class activities. Teachers are not proficient. For the price, it makes sense to top up a little more for a much better learning and right brain training experience.


Kuno Method:
- New to Singapore, recently launched
- 2 teachers (my class currently has only 3 children)
- Normal pace
- Not exactly right brain training from what i see. Teach logical thinking, IQ, mathematical concepts, communication
- Fun and engaging
- Teachers are local
- One term 7 lessons, $480 for a term, so $68 per lesson. Trial class $30.

* own verdict: So far, I like the way the classes are conducted. There are different segments - group play, individual hands-on activities and teachers' 1-to-1 assessment.

Sometimes I feel right brain training like Shichida and Heguru are more touch-and-go, so Kuno is a good complement in offering slower classes to make sure the children have time to digest, understand the concepts and able to articulate better. Children also have opportunity to interact and improve socialization skills...

So far so good for me, will continue to observe. They are having promotions currently.

These are just my personal experience and views for sharing.
Hi. in ur experience do u think shall try on heguru or kuno to let kids who r 3 yo to learn n digest better? Can advise? Thanks
 

Dwcc

New Member
Hi!

I have been to numerous brain enrichment for my children. Personally I feel both Heguru and Kuno are quality enrichment courses for children 3 years old.

It is very difficult to determine whether Heguru or Kuno is better because they are quite different in what they teach, and how they teach.

In short,

- Heguru covers a wider range of activities in class. Due to the fast pace of the lesson, sometimes it can be a little of "touch-and-go". Memory training is a big part of the program.

- For Kuno method, each lesson covers and elaborates on specific concepts, in an engaging way. It also involves group work which I like, for socialising. The lesson is designed such that they teach less per class (as compared to Heguru), but focuses on children understanding what is being taught, how to apply them, how to logically solve problems.

I think the best way is to try out both enrichment and see which your child learns better?
But if you have the time and means to try both concurrently, i do feel they do complement each other pretty well.

The abilities developed through Heguru can be used to enhance learning in Kuno.
The knowledge gained in Kuno is useful in reinforcing understanding of activities conducted in Heguru.
Hi, what branch centre is recommended for Heguru or Kuno? Any outstanding teacher names to take note of?
 

Give a hope

Well-Known Member
Hi,

Heguru:

Strangely, I found out after a while that there are different franchisees for Heguru, with varying standards.

I have quite pleasant experience with the "Heguru Education" franchisee. Their website www.hegurueducation.com.sg.
My friends always tell me they attend classes with celebrities in some of their branches. I am attending the branch in Punggol. Teachers are good, lesson materials are new and well-made. It seems they have all local teachers.

Based on what I hear from my friends as I don't have personal experience, the "Heguru Method" franchisee in Harbourfront and Choa Chu Kang are more commercial.

They make it compulsory for parents to buy materials upon signing up. Somehow, their overall fees seem to be higher than the rest. Management seems more rigid. Some of my friends mentioned that their teachers are malaysians and their command of english can be better.

Avoid the "Sembawang" branch as teachers are inexperienced. Some are not local.


Better to visit the different centres to understand and see for yourself.


Kuno:

So far, they have 1 centre in Yishun Northpoint City. Their website www.kunomethod.com.sg
The environment is nice, teachers are good and speak well. Management is friendly and nice.
Hi.

any idea of heguru at fusiopolis? are the teacher from local? Thanks for ur review I think I wont be going to cck branch...
 

Cherishmoments

New Member
I have 3 kids and they have been with Genius League for 3 years and is still with them now. My kids love attending the classes, and always look forward to go to class. The most observable effect is their ability to focus and memory. At the start, especially my youngest one, they can't sit still and were very fidgety. My youngest cried and didn't wanna cooperate. After a few lessons, I could see the transformation. The lessons are engaging, so even if the child does not really wanna be engaged, after some time they will be able to. My first boy is very strong in memory and Maths now, and I am also impressed by his high speed calculation ability. For all 3, the teachers commented that they are one of the top in class. You will see if you start young, they can follow instructions very early and will be ahead of their peers. The earlier you start the better even though you may feel they are too young at first. I have seen it in many kids, transformed after attending the lesson.

I can also see the curriculum evolve. I personally enjoy the materials prepared. What I also like is the multiple stimulations the lessons provide. Sometimes, my son would suddenly sing the multilingual song like the Japanese song they learn in that month. Being with them for 3 years and 3 kids, I have also been with several teachers, and they are good. Some are better but generally all are good. Lesson is fast paced, so when I first started I had a culture shock, but I get used to it and feel it is a good pace to capture kids' attention after some time. I heard Heguru is faster, but I know right brain does not mean faster is better. Glenn doman is also right brain but it is 1 second per card, which is very slow in our understanding of right brain method. I believe each school/ system has its own strengths and I appreciate them all. All schools help to nurture our kids in their own unique ways.

I like the Science segment when they move on to the N2 age. My kids enjoy the Science experiments. I heard they are introducing new Genius Maths syllabus and I am looking forward to it.
 

introvert521

Active Member
May not be relevant but I thought I should share.

My 1st job was with Shichida and the owners do not really treat employees well. They are very much after money rather than really loving the children...

I know all enrichment classes need to make a profit, but the experience there really was not great. Not withstanding that it is probably still a good program though I did not send my child to them and don't really plan to. She is now in music and movement program rather than memory program.
 

thedreamchaser

New Member
Genius League is pretty sub-standard as compared to Heguru and Shichida.

Bad delivery of lesson activities and not-as-good materials.
For true right brain training, memory development, speed and accuracy, stick to Heguru or Shichida.

For logic, reasoning, and thinking skills, stick to Kuno Method. They just opened a new centre in Safra Punggol and offer trial clases.

All 3 are authentic from Japan, and standard is there.
Nowadays have a lot of copy cats trying to get a share of the market. I think it's really importable to go to a accredited one with foundation and reputation because one will never know if there is some kind of adverse side effect from rojak schools with no solid expertise in right brain training.. I know for sure Shichida and Heguru have their foundation/origins in Japan, so the trust is definitely there.
 

Jesabel

New Member
I have 3 kids and they have been with Genius League for 3 years and is still with them now. My kids love attending the classes, and always look forward to go to class. The most observable effect is their ability to focus and memory. At the start, especially my youngest one, they can't sit still and were very fidgety. My youngest cried and didn't wanna cooperate. After a few lessons, I could see the transformation. The lessons are engaging, so even if the child does not really wanna be engaged, after some time they will be able to. My first boy is very strong in memory and Maths now, and I am also impressed by his high speed calculation ability. For all 3, the teachers commented that they are one of the top in class. You will see if you start young, they can follow instructions very early and will be ahead of their peers. The earlier you start the better even though you may feel they are too young at first. I have seen it in many kids, transformed after attending the lesson.

I can also see the curriculum evolve. I personally enjoy the materials prepared. What I also like is the multiple stimulations the lessons provide. Sometimes, my son would suddenly sing the multilingual song like the Japanese song they learn in that month. Being with them for 3 years and 3 kids, I have also been with several teachers, and they are good. Some are better but generally all are good. Lesson is fast paced, so when I first started I had a culture shock, but I get used to it and feel it is a good pace to capture kids' attention after some time. I heard Heguru is faster, but I know right brain does not mean faster is better. Glenn doman is also right brain but it is 1 second per card, which is very slow in our understanding of right brain method. I believe each school/ system has its own strengths and I appreciate them all. All schools help to nurture our kids in their own unique ways.

I like the Science segment when they move on to the N2 age. My kids enjoy the Science experiments. I heard they are introducing new Genius Maths syllabus and I am looking forward to it.
In which center? Thanks
 

EddieNany

New Member
May not be relevant but I thought I should share.

My 1st job was with Shichida and the owners do not really treat employees well. They are very much after money rather than really loving the children...

I know all enrichment classes need to make a profit, but the experience there really was not great. Not withstanding that it is probably still a good program though I did not send my child to them and don't really plan to. She is now in music and movement program rather than memory program.
Personal experiense is precious. How long ago that was? Maybe something already changed?
 

kaynkaizen

New Member
Hi All! any outlet to recommend to try for either heguru or shichida in the north, north east area?
My girl is with shichida at civics. She turned 3yo just in sept and joined only this year in april. I have seen tremendous improvement in her. I am thinking of sending my younger son to a brain training school too and am deciding to let him join shichida or try out other schools like heguru or genius league.
 

powergal

New Member
My girl is with shichida at civics. She turned 3yo just in sept and joined only this year in april. I have seen tremendous improvement in her. I am thinking of sending my younger son to a brain training school too and am deciding to let him join shichida or try out other schools like heguru or genius league.

I have tried Shichida, Heguru, Happy Train and Genius League.

My own verdict..

Shichida and Heguru are both original from Japan. They are reputable. Standard of classes is there, materials used are good, centre and class environment are ok as well. Fees are a little higher but I feel you get what you pay.

For local brand, Happy Train gave me quite an okay experience.

Personally, please avoid Genius League.
In comparison with the 3, teacher's delivery of lessons, lesson contents, materials are all a notch below.
Very disappointing experience, considering the fees are not really far off from the rest.
I would pay a little more for the quality and benefits to be reaped.

To be honest, I was misled by all the good reviews here. My own experience was nothing similar to what were posted.

It leads me to wonder if these reviews are indeed genuine. So be very careful, just to share so that fellow mummies won't waste money, time and efforts like me, on Genius League.
 
I have tried Shichida, Heguru, Happy Train and Genius League.

My own verdict..

Shichida and Heguru are both original from Japan. They are reputable. Standard of classes is there, materials used are good, centre and class environment are ok as well. Fees are a little higher but I feel you get what you pay.

For local brand, Happy Train gave me quite an okay experience.

Personally, please avoid Genius League.
In comparison with the 3, teacher's delivery of lessons, lesson contents, materials are all a notch below.
Very disappointing experience, considering the fees are not really far off from the rest.
I would pay a little more for the quality and benefits to be reaped.

To be honest, I was misled by all the good reviews here. My own experience was nothing similar to what were posted.

It leads me to wonder if these reviews are indeed genuine. So be very careful, just to share so that fellow mummies won't waste money, time and efforts like me, on Genius League.

Thanks for sharing.

I put my grl from 10mths in Shichida.
She just turned 3 this year.
My son started at 1yr and he is 18mth.

I am just putting my girl in coz of what ive read abt right brain training. My husband totally sceptical of the programe plus its expensive.

The activities they do are somehwat can be done at home... but i didnt do any home practice except for worksheets given daily.

Frankly i dunno how to measure the effectiveness of the classes.
I cant compare to peers much coz they are both not in Childcare etc.And if compare to cousins etc i think also not fair comparison coz see them interact only once in a while. So basically i dunno whats the milestones the shichida or any "right brain trained: kids are to reach...



I am thinking of stopping Shichida now coz of

A) organisation quite lack.. like pay so much but website also a bit chapalang.. communication to parents quite not that great.

Eg: I only know abt some makoto club within organisation after 5 or 6terms.
Eg: didnt say the truth abt closing down a branch - said its renovation but staff knew its permanent closed.


B) thus affected our original timing and the new branch has very few timings for wkdays.

C) frequency - once a wk exposure to 1h activities vs home activities daily 10mins. Was thinking with the fees can afford to buy ready made materials too.


D) change to heguru coz better timing slots.


I am having jitters abt quitting coz i "invested" almost 3yrs fees liao. Anyone can enlighten me pls. Any mummies with experience on this dilemma?
 
May not be relevant but I thought I should share.

My 1st job was with Shichida and the owners do not really treat employees well. They are very much after money rather than really loving the children...

I know all enrichment classes need to make a profit, but the experience there really was not great. Not withstanding that it is probably still a good program though I did not send my child to them and don't really plan to. She is now in music and movement program rather than memory program.


I am very disappointed with the organisation too.
I was with Shichida since my grl 10mth old.
Now she 3yr old.
I only learned abt makoto club - apparently for shichida kids after 4 -5terms. There was no communication on this club .. went i found out its like some invitation has to be given?!

I just think that for the amt of money we parents give to the org, there shd be some kind of community- sense but i dun feel it at all.;(
 

zgu

New Member
Hi mothers.I just saw this thread.My two year old attended schichida in Hong Kong which we liked a lot.We just moved to Singapore.I read from the above reviews that schichida is not so good here.Is it some branch or teachers considered good here.I found Heguru too fast for my liking.Can someone give some more feedback on schichida
 

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