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Learning to Fly

These are the skills and habits which outstanding students of Maths develop. Do as many of these as possible to become completely independent in the subject and to develop the skills and knowledge needed to attain 8/9 at GCSE and A* at A Level.

In your lessons

  • Dive in and have a go. Mistakes are good! They lead you to a deeper understanding.
  • Correct your homework and classwork and address any errors. As well as writing the correct answer write enough method so you will understand it when you come to revise.
  • Ask for help if you do not understand any part of a topic. Your questions may help the rest of the class.
  • Recognise connections within mathematics.
  • Work independently.
  • Persevere and don’t be afraid to work at your own pace.
  • Work with other students. Discussion and explanation to each other also helps you to learn.

Between your lessons

  • Do your homework! If you are stuck on a significant part of it get help before the lesson.
  • Always show your method/working. You need to be able to explain your mathematical thinking.
  • Make notes of any questions to ask your teachers in class.
  • Go to a Thursday lunchtime help session if you do not understand your work.
  • When revising for tests keep it active, do problems rather than write notes and lists! Explore different methods. Work on the topics you don’t understand.

Beyond your lessons

  • Always challenge yourself! If you understand the basic homework questions spend your time doing the starred extension problems. Go on a website like nrich or underground maths! In KS5 use the Integral site to practise.
  • Read a general maths book. See how maths is used in other subjects. Do a logic problem. Watch a Numberphile or other video.
  • Try a practice paper before your annual maths challenge. Go to the mentoring sessions beforehand at lunchtimes.
  • After tests go through and revisit the questions on which you lost marks.
  • Volunteer to be a mentor for a younger student.
  • In KS5 apply to be a maths student subject leader.
  • Don’t spend all your time doing maths! We’ve heard a rumour that other things are almost as good!