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A Problem Halved: the Trouble with Fractions

We see fractions all around us in everyday life: “Add a quarter of a litre...” or “One tenth of...
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How to get through your Maths exam

Here are some of my top tips on how to get through your Maths exam... As you revise and find...
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Get the most out of maths revision

Get the most out of your revision for maths exams Don't just work your way through piles of past...
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How to Solve It - by George Polya

How to Solve It apparently used to be almost compulsory reading for a serious maths student. You...

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  • The desire to learn maths

    Wei Chen A-level Maths Tutor (East London) Picture Mathematics is hidden in every aspect of our lives, from sending rockets into space to the flowers blooming in your garden. So is there a secret way to improve one’s mathematical knowledge? Well, I believe that you need a passion for learning mathematics, and be willing to use it in your...
  • Cognitive development in children's brains.

    Andre Duvenage A-level Maths Tutor (East London) Picture The extent to which structural changes influence children’s cognitive ability will be examined by looking at the key concepts of brain development. Many physiological processes take place during early brain development and these will be discussed as they provide vital insights into how...
  • Philosophy of Mathematics Teaching

    Thomas Burke A-level Maths Tutor (North London) Picture Introduction I base my philosophy on three main strands. Presented chronologically, the first is my memory of my own learning experience from ages four to eighteen at school, and later at university, the second is my experience of teaching at primary, secondary and third level, and the third is...


  • Galois Theory

    Dr Moakes A-level Maths Tutor (Rochester) Picture You have probably seen the quadratic formula but did you know there is a formula for cubic equations? This is a messy looking thing and not widely known. similarly we have a formula for quartic equations. This may lead you to wonder whether we can find such a formula, only using + - / x and nth...
  • Some General Principles in Teaching or tutoring

    Aurelian Sipos A-level Maths Tutor (Croydon) Picture No learner can become a successful mathematician unless he fights a hard battle on his own behalf. But it doesn’t mean that mathematical teaching is not necessary. For all pupils it is fundamentally necessary, and above all things the teaching must be clear. As a tutor, you should strive day by...
  • what IS mathematics

    Mark McQuade A-level Maths Tutor (Redhill) Picture Most people have studied maths for at least 10 years of their lives. Emotional reactions to it vary. It's almost fashionable for some people to say "I hate maths". It's fairly unlikely that the same person would announce they hate reading. However, my experience is that very few people can...