In August 2011 Carol Vorderman’s report – A world-class mathematics education for all our young people – was published. For those who struggled with Maths in secondary school, who are struggling now or who have children who are finding Maths difficult, the report makes particularly interesting reading. I recommend that all parents with school age […]

## Good Study Practices

Once formed, habits are hard to change. Get in to the habit of good study practices as soon as you can. The good habits will help you through school, college, and beyond. Distractions When studying, avoid distractions. Concentrate on your studies, you will achieve more, remember more, and save yourself time. Study in a quiet […]

## Efficient Use of Calculators

Calculators do a lot of the hard work for you, so why would you need to use a calculator more efficiently? Using a calculator efficiently is a good habit to get into, as soon as you can. Efficient use of your calculator can save you time in exams, save you time when you’re doing homework, […]

## Functional Skills in Maths

“Functional skills” is a phrase that you may see and hear quite a bit, but what does it mean? Put simply, functional skills in maths mean that instead of just learning how to do mathematical operations, you learn how to apply maths to real life situations. In newer textbooks, you may see some questions marked […]

## Calculators and GCSE Maths

Calculators and GCSE Maths – a subject that doesn’t seem to get much attention but is very important. If you’re not sure whether to buy a calculator or borrow one from school, I suggest you buy your own. If you have your own calculator, you can get used to where the keys are, and how […]

## Square Numbers and Square Roots

What is a square number? A square number is an integer that is a perfect square of another integer. In plain English, if you multiply a whole number by itself, the result is a square number, for example 5 x 5 = 25, so 25 is a square number. Square numbers are very useful, and […]