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GCSE Maths

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How to Undermine Your Child's Study of Maths

Over the years, there is one phrase which is almost guaranteed to be uttered by a well-meaning...
A-level Maths

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Ten Steps to Exam Success

I am in the unusual, if not unique, position of having failed the first year of my degree course...
A-level Maths

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10,000 Hours

I’m not a great believer in talent so it always puts my back up when I hear something like:...
Key Stage 2 Maths

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Yes, KFC can help kids divide fractions!

Who'd have thought that KFC could remind children how to divide fractions? Many children find...

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  • Studying Maths At Oxbridge vs The Rest

    Neil Morrison University Maths Tutor (Leeds) Picture Students often ask me about the difference between studying maths at Oxbridge compared to other universities. What makes it harder?There are many facets to this, so here I discuss just two of the most obvious differences. But my intention is only to talk around the subject, rather than to answer...
  • How To Succeed In A Level Maths

    Jane Bagshaw A-level Maths Tutor (Dartford) Picture The key to building up to be able to solve complex maths problems in exam conditions is to first learn key facts and formulae. Also practising algebraic skills such as rearranging formulae, substitution and solving simultaneous equations are crucial to ensure students avoid costly errors. To...
  • The Cambridge STEP Examination

    Anna Rayner STEP Tutor (Exeter) Picture The Cambridge STEP Examination This article considers the challenges of STEP and offers advice on preparation. Introduction STEP stands for Sixth Term Examination Paper. It is an entrance requirement for maths degrees at Cambridge and Warwick. Other universities which include STEP in their...

 

  • Poor Maths Teaching In Schools

    Bill Bailey GCSE Maths Tutor (Bath) Picture Everybody hates maths. Everybody says "Maths is difficult", "I don't understand it" and a multitude of other negative approaches to the subject. I maintain that maths is not a difficult subject per se. It depends largely on how you are taught, and developing the self confidence to tackle a...
  • Practise your algebra before Calculus

    Leena A-level Maths Tutor (North London) Picture   I have come across 100s of students saying "I am struggling with differentiation and integration...." The real reason for most of them is that they have partially forgotten the topics they studied in GCSEs and hence find A level maths pace a shock specially if they have opted for Further...
  • Teaching Maths In A Fun-Filled Way

    Patrick Oseloka Ezepue GCSE Maths Tutor (Sheffield) Picture Teaching maths in a fun way should consist of the following: Learning Covenants: Effective teaching, including summer schools, intensive revision classes in mid-terms, and weekend group coaching; Use of humour and accelerated learning principles to teach Maths and other science-based...