How to think in maths: problem-solving, analysing, making decisions (L1+)
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: AMTM01
Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
Do humans live for a million hours? What day will it be in 26 days time? This course will help you develop the maths thinking behind such questions so you can answer them confidently and quickly. The course is about thinking mathematically so that you are better able to know what to look for and what questions to ask when faced with a problem, puzzle or situation requiring a mathematical approach. You will begin to see that maths is everywhere and how thinking mathematically can open up a new world for you and enable you to solve problems and make decisions which initially seem complicated. You will work on 'rich' tasks where the initial problem or puzzle causes you to think mathematically. In this way, you will improve your use of numbers to discover and predict numerical patterns, make approximations, and use averages such as mean, median and mode. You will develop your arithmetic by using combinations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve problems. You will work out simple probability problems as well as focus on situations and puzzles involving calculations about area, percentages, and fractions. By the end of the course, you will be confident that you can relate to the world through maths and be ready to move on with your mathematical journey.
What will we cover?
• how to think mathematically
• how to approach a question or problem in a mathematical way
• solving problems based on numerical patterns and sequences e.g. working out how quickly a virus spreads between people
• handling large numbers and quantities and making approximations e.g. to make sense of national and global statistics involving very large numbers
• solving problems involving averages of mean, mode and median - e.g. to work out who is most likely to win a race
• using calculations to solve problems such as how you can break even on your sales vs expenditure, how long it will take you to get fit, how many calories you need to run a marathon
• how to work out problems involving area calculations, percentages and fractions
• calculating simple probability problems e.g. to work the likelihood of your train being on time.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• be confident you can think mathematically
•be confident you can approach a question or problem in a mathematical way
• solve problems based on numerical patterns, sequences and consistencies
• handle large numbers and quantities and making approximations
• solve problems involving averages (mean, mode, median)
• use calculations to solve problems using different combinations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
• work out problems involving area calculations, percentages and fractions
• calculate simple probability problems.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is for students at pre-GCSE level or who have a GCSE but have not used their maths or developed it for a long time. It will be suitable for those with 'rusty' level 2/GCSE skills as well as those who are aware of the importance of maths and want to find a way into the subject.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and a code for Google classroom so you can communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• Maths for life (entry 3)
• Maths for life (level 1)
• Maths for Life (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: making calculations, using percentages, fractions and averages (L1-2)
• Getting Ready for Maths functional skills level 2 and Maths functional skills level 2
• Maths foundation GCSE
There also many English, digital skills and data literacy courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7492 2511 for more details.