Support with Learning
Support with Learning
Mathematics is a subject set firmly in the context of solving problems and probing for greater insight and discovery when curiosity is stimulated. Hence, it is very common to make mistakes and experience difficulties; but this makes mathematics all the richer in opportunities for learners to grow and develop higher order thinking skills. In the context of a positive learning environment, pupils can begin to take risks, explore new ideas and see mistakes as opportunities rather than blockades!
It is common to need some extra support at times, whether this involves a pupil asking their maths teacher for some additional help and guidance in class, working with other pupils to overcome difficulties or making use of some extra resources available in school. Each of these is strongly encouraged.
AIM Club – Achieve In Maths
This is an opportunity for any pupil in Years 8 to 10 to come along after school and receive some extra help with their work in maths. A team of sixth form mentors are on hand to work with pupils in a small group or on a one-to-one basis, under the supervision of a maths teacher. Pupils are welcome to drop in
- to work on their maths homework in a supportive environment,
- to ask specific questions that have been puzzling them,
- get some advice with regard to preparing for class tests and exams
- get help going over class tests and exams they have completed
This is a great opportunity and any pupil who wants to make good progress in mathematics is strongly encouraged to attend AIM Club whenever they can.
AIM Club runs on Tuesday and Thursdays 3:45 to 4:30pm in Room 121.
Preparation for Class Tests and Examinations
Maths is best learned by doing! Therefore, any time devoted to preparing for tests and examinations is best spent doing questions.
Prior to all school exams the Maths Department will provide a revision list and some additional resources for revision purposes, via Fronter. Pupils find these materials to be a useful way of organising their revision and preparing them for their maths exam. This will certainly provide all pupils with plenty of questions to be working on.
Some tips for pupils to help with revision:
- Throughout the year make sure all work covered is dated and referenced with where the questions have come from. This allows you to find practice questions easily when revising.
- Make sure all questions covered have been marked and, where necessary, corrected. The ones you found challenging throughout the year are really good ones to try when revising, to ensure you’ve made progress.
- Don’t just read the examples in your notebook – try them! A simple idea is to cover over the worked solutions, try the question for yourself, and then compare your solution.
- When you experience difficulties with revision, ask your teacher the next day to help you with the next step. Going along to AIM Club would also be very useful.
- Once you’ve gone through the topics, practising questions and getting some help, you are ready to try a practice paper. You might want to time yourself to see how long it takes, and make a note of anything you had to look up or were unsure about.
Always remember, all the best mathematicians experience difficulties at times.
That’s how we grow!