Sunday, June 16, 2013

Learn Maths Using Videos

One of the ways you can improve your Maths is to use a variety of tools and resources available both online or off line. A great tool that you can use to learn or revise Maths are videos. You can now fined hundreds of free videos available online on almost any Maths topic. Videos are very effective learning tool as they involve two of the most important senses - sight and audio. 

Khan Academy is a non -profit organisation that has over 4000 video clips covering a variety of subjects including Maths. The website also provides interactive exercises on most videos to gauge your understanding. 

Another great feature that is available free is when registered as a member you are able to track your progress in different formats. This will give an idea of the topics you need to spend more time improving and thus help in your overall progress in Maths. Go to Khan Academy now and explore the website to see how you can use it to improve your Maths.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

My New Maths Website

Dear visitor, thank you for dropping by. 
I wish to invite you to view my new Maths website -
I have written more about ways to improve your Maths at school. You will also find some useful tips, ideas and ways to improve your performance in Maths and achieve your target in the GCSE Maths exam. 

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Percentage change

If you are learning  this topic at school, here is a video clip that will help you to understand this topic better. You can replay the video clip as many times as you like  until you are really sure of the method.

Click here  to view video clip.
Once you have gone through the video clip you can now test yourself and assess how well you understand the topic.

Click here to view test.


Many thanks to and BBC bitesize for making the video clip and test pages available for free to all.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Algebra - expansion and factorisation

Click on link below to access the interactive worksheet. Once you have finished you may view your score at the bottom of the page.

1. Expansion

2. Factorisation

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Year 11 Revision - Module 5

Click on the link below, print it and work through the paper. Answers due in on 4/10/08.

Module 5 Paper 1 Jun 2004

Year 12A Revision Past Papers

Click on the 'Question' link and print out the past papers. Work through the paper and then check your 'Answers'.

Module 1 Foundation Questions Answers

Module 5 Foundation Questions Answers

Happy revising.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Complex division

Ever had problem dividing numbers? Here is a video you might want to watch and laugh at how ridiculous dividing can be.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Homework Year 7 (Higher) - Decimals

This homework is intended to act as a revision of basic number operations (+, -, × and ÷) with decimals.
It assumes that you have covered these operations before. Click here to see your homework.

Glitter Graphics

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Homework Year 8 - Add and Subtract Fractions

Click here to go to the homework page. You need to copy and complete questions 3, 4, 5 and 6 only.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Lesson Year 9 - Designing Questionnaires

Activity 1
On your desk top, click on Shared folders --- Department work --- Maths --- Collins Higher --- Statistics 1 .
Scroll down to page 27 - Questionnaire. Read and copy the main points for a good questionnaire. Look at some examples of a good questionnare.

Activity 2
Click here. Go through the pages.

Activity 3
Make 5 questions for the topic you are surveying.
"Teenagers spend too much time using computers"

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Lesson Year 7(Higher) - Multiplication

Click on each link to access the task and do it.
You must show all your workings and answers in your exercise book.

Starter - Cal-Q-Late

Activity 1 - Long Multiplication

Activity 2 - Multiplying decimals

Activity 3 - Problems invloving multiplication

Homework - Revision on multiplying with whole numbers and decimals.
Show working and answers in exercise book. Due 13/06/08.

Homework Year 8 - Estimation

Click here to access the homework and answer all the questions, showing your working and answers in your exercise book. Deadline 9/06/08.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Lesson Year 7 (Intermediate) - Multiplication


Click on the links and carry out the activity.

Starter – Arrange Numbers

Activity 1 – Multiplication of whole numbers

Activity 2 - Long Multiplication

Activity 3 - Problems

1. Multiplying single digits
2. Multiplying double digits

Well done if you have completed the task.
Now click here to play a game.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

How to be good in Maths? Part 2

In Part 1 , I said that you need to practise Maths regularly if you want to be confident and good at it. I recommended that you spent at least 20 minutes a day revising and practising Maths.
What do you actually do during the 20 minutes? Here are some of the things you can do during your 20 minutes Maths revision time:
1. Look at the problems/questions already discussed or done in lessons. Examine the method and the reasoning behind the solution. Now without looking at the answer given by the teacher in class, try answering the questions yourself. If you get stuck, look over the solution again and then try once more without referring to the solution.
2. Try out similar questions given in your textbook or workbook. You can also try to answer questions you got wrong in your test or homework.
3. Attempt to answer exam style questions. You can get these at the end of a chapter in your textbook or you can look for them on the internet. This will give you more confidence and improve your understanding of the topic.
4. Use interactive exercises given on certain websites. This will not only make the revision sessions interesting but it will give you an opportunity to apply your mathematical skills. I have included and will continue to include links to interactive activities through this blog.
The overall idea is that you are spending time revising or practising your Maths. Any effort put in will certainly produce good results.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Video clips on Algebra

Here are some video clips to help you learn/revise some of topics on algebra.
1. Using Quadratic Formula (GCSE)

2. Factorising and solving Equations

3. Substitution

4. Solving simultaneous equations by elimination

5. Factorising

6. Simplifying algebraic expressions

More vidoe clips to come. Please check again later. Best wishes to all taking your exams.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Help for Maths Anxiety

It is common and normal to be anxious when trying to learn or do Maths. Maths anxiety is experienced even by people who are known to good in Maths. It is not a question of being anxious or but it's a question of how you handle the anxiety. There are many ways to reduce your anxiety in Maths. Click here to find out some of the ways you can learn to reduce the amount of anxiety you experience when learning Maths.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How to do well at school?

It would be a good time during the Christmas holidays for students to ponder on this question especially those of you taking public exams in summer? What are the important ingredients in achieivng success at school? Click here to read a series of articles on this topic and then you can decide what you would do to achieve success at school. best of luck.

Christmas Activities

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here are some Maths activities you can play during the Christmas holidays.
Alien Angles - use bearings to aim at the alien
Santa Slider Puzzle
Product game - 2 Players
Ghostblasters - 2 Players
Ghostblasters - 1 players
Grid Game - Types of numbers
Jigsaw Puzzle - Transformation
Connect 4 - Fraction, percentages, etc. you choose
Pentominoes - Year 7
Power cards - Let the computer guess your number
Pair the squares
Optical illusions
The following websites have loads of activities to keep you occupied:
BrainBashers : Puzzles and Brain Teasers

Monday, November 26, 2007

Statistical Diagrams

Most of you would probably be learning about handling data around now. One of the topics in this area is to be able to draw and interpret charts or statistical diagrams. Click here to learn about statistical diagrams and get more practice with them at home. You can take your answers to your teachers to be marked. This page is especially suitable for Year 9's in the UK as it gives an overview of all the charts and diagrams you need to know for your KS3 SATs exam in may 2008. I'll be adding more links to other topics soon so visit again later for more topics and links.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Data Handling exam

For those of you taking the GCSE Module 1 Data Handling (AQA) exam on 12/11/2007, this website would be of help.
Click on the appropriate link.
If you need to revise some of the KS3 stuff then click here before trying the links above.
Best of luck preparing for your exams. Any feedback or request for help and support welcomed.

How to become good at Maths? Part 1

I often get this question from parents and students especially those
preparing for a major public exam. I think this question should be
asked very much earlier in ones schooling life. There are several
things to consider when you want to improve your Maths. The most
important being 'practice'. There is no short cut to learning Maths.
It's a skill you need to develop over time. You need to invest your
time. Imagine the time spent practicing Maths as saving money for your
future. Every minute you spend practicing is like depositing a penny
into your savings account for your future. The results of your efforts
will show overtime as improvement in your grades. I suggest you spend
at least 20 minutes a day practicing Maths. You will see and feel the
effect this have on your confidence and ability to answer questions
over a period of 4 to 5 weeks. In my next post I will discuss exactly
what you need to do in those 20 minutes you have set aside to learn

Friday, June 22, 2007

Link and Learn

This website provides loads of activities covering most of the topics in KS3 and KS4. Click on the appropriate year group and have fun.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Basic Algebra

To master algebra you need to be well versed with the basics of algebra. Here are some woksheets you can use to brush up your algebra.
1. Matching equivalent algebraic expressions
2. Expanding algebraic expressions with brackets
3. Algebraic dominoes - you need to cut up and match the euivalent expressions. You need to form a rectangle to complete the activity.
4. Algebraic Function Machines