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NOTEWMTmmmm...Welcome to WowMaths Tuition,

making maths mean more...

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 =MaMaMeMo passion

+25 varied years as a qualified teacher

+ Special expertise in tailoring tuition to suit your existing maths and how you learn best

...using novel approaches and maths methods  ..based on insight into the maths curriculum and especially how we learn + a keen diagnostic "nose."

I strive to make maths mean more

  • for more and more people (of many ages)
    • so that they can do maths with a better E.A.R =
      • more Easily
      • more Accurately
      • and more Repeatedly
  • + to help me develop / discover even more "wowy" ways of teaching and learning math
  • + to top it all by having some fun now and then (:-).

...using alternative ("wow!") approaches and focus, such as:

  • Juggling as a way to demonstrate how we learn + to launch us into big numbers / sizes / volume and algebra (with actual juggling).
  • Getting in the mood for learning (and teaching) - perhaps for example with particular focus on dealing with exams mental "fog".
  • Flexible approaches to suit individual ways of learning, with particular emphasis on "making things stick" (often neglected)...
  • "Pizza Bump-Up/Down" swiss-army (multi-purpose) method.
  • Exams focus well beyond content, very much on problem-solving strategies and avoiding common "whoopsie's",
    • informed by many years of GCSE exam marking.

...all from ever-growing insights into maths, especially wowy ways of learning

  • ...as a fully qualified teacher, PGCE 1988
    • and earlier experiences
  • + a keen diagnostic "nose" for a learner's strengths and weaknesses, paying special attention to confidence and feelings around maths - (sometimes partly thanks to my qualified counselling skills).
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   WMT boosts maths at various levels   menu>
  • whether basic or advanced, school or work
  • to get a qualification
  • for everyday life
  • maybe to help you help your son/daughter with his/her learning
  • or just for you, to feel better about maths
  • GCSE =years 10,11
  • KS3 =yrs 7,8,9

 

  • KS2 =yrs 4,5,6
  • (A-level)
  • Numeracy exam - for teaching / nursing /other job
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Solving your learning equation involves balancing two sides,
focusing not just on maths content (knowledge, skills and understanding),
but crucially on what I call "learnability".
Effective learning needs us to be in the right mood for learning (and teaching).
Perhaps your confidence or motivation needs boosting.
Or maybe lots of maths methods have gone into your head, but come out jumbled up - which we could work on to make the memory hooks more reliable, or you might be better focussing on developing the habit of always asking yourself, "does my answer seem realistic or ridiculous?"
And other problem-solving skills might well boost your maths performance considerably.

 So I diagnose not just strengths and weaknesses of your maths, but also your learning style,
especially what helps things to stick better (which often doesn't get enough attention).

I like to use creative, innovative (wow!) approaches, developed from 25 years of varied teaching and insight,
partly because these fire up my teaching as well as inspire learning.
Like a juggling starter or mind-reading algebra tricks. Maybe you'll like my multi-purpose Pizza Bump Up/Down method (with a pizza memory story) to combine what are often presented separately into a single method.

The secret is to find ways that work for you - to make maths make more sense to you, make it stick better for you, and thus make it work better for you. I re-visit keystones repeatedly as pillars upon which so much maths rests (such as understanding splits in its various guises - from implicit / intuitive proportion to fractions, percentages, decimals and what I like to call "rat-i-o"!

 And if you've come, like many people, to dread algebra because you've been rushed into mathematical shorthand (like 4x+3=2x+10), I demystify it by showing you that algebra is all about patterns and connections first, while the standard algebra letters language is just one way of describing and working with those patterns, a servant not a master, albeit a very powerful servant.

 I'm convinced that wow! thinking = the single most important skill to be gained from school maths, not  just in everyday life, but for A-level / other post-GCSE specialist maths learning, and in work. We need far more emphasis (in maths teaching and learning) on clear, logical effective reasoning,  - and checking it if the result seems daft (e.g. way too high or low).

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