Mathematical word-problems: where do I start?

Many children find mathematical word-problems challenging, even those who are competent mathematicians. The main difficulty is how to approach the problem; this involves deciding which mathematical operation to use and where to start the problem-solving process. In this blog post I will explore these aspects of mathematical word-problems and look at ways to help children develop their word-problem solving skills, which will help give them more confidence to use their existing mathematical abilities. Deciding which mathematical operation to...

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Non-Verbal Reasoning – Shaping up to pattern problems

In this blog post I will look at Non-Verbal Reasoning in more detail. This is one of the components of many Secondary School Entrance Exams and other tests a child might come across during their school life. One such assessment is Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs), the results of which give an indication of a child’s intelligence and help a school to stream pupils for certain subjects. What is Non-Verbal Reasoning? NVR looks at how a child understands similarities and differences in patterns and designs involving shape and space. NVR does not...

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What is a number?

In my previous blog post I explored some of the reasons why you might consider having a tutor for your child. One reason was to develop a child’s skills and confidence in maths: this can be achieved by giving them a better understanding of mathematical concepts, numbers and problem-solving. In this blog post I will look at ways of building on a child’s numeracy skills, which will equip them with strategies to handle the number problems which are found in all areas of mathematics, from addition and subtraction to data handling and measurement....

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