An Introduction to Problem Solving - Regular Problem Solving Classes



A series of 10 Saturday morning maths problem-solving work shops designed to give students an introduction to the type of problems that are likely to occur in a university admissions test. 

These introduction to problem solving workshops  are suitable for both year 12 and year 13 students and offer the opportunity to develop mathematical problem-solving skills through discussion and collaboration. They are designed to help students develop strategies and confidence when tackling unfamiliar problems in maths and will help with preparations for taking advanced papers such as the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.

At the same time, the problems used in the course are fun and rewarding. Attending the sessions will greatly enrich students’ mathematical experiences and help them to develop a better understanding of A level Mathematics.

These workshops are not aimed at students planning to take STEP examinations in 2022. We recommend that they apply, instead, to take part in our STEP exam preparation workshops.


  • To develop initial strategies when dealing with maths problems
  • To develop confidence when dealing with maths problems
  • To develop resilience when dealing with maths problems
  • To provide some initial information about the problem solving involved in university admissions tests
  • To provide a platform on which to build secure problem solving techniques

Who will benefit from attending?

The course is designed for any A level Mathematics student who has an enquiring mind and wishes to develop their problem solving ability for their A level studies and beyond.

It is particularly useful for those students who wish to make the first steps in preparing for university admissions tests such as the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.


The course covers a wide range of mathematical disciplines with problems. These may include:

  • Algebra: the difference between two squares and other identities
  • Geometry: angles, triangle and circles
  • Number: digits and divisibility
  • Algebra: forming and solving equations
  • Combinatorics: systematic counting
  • Number: prime factorisation, fractions and irrationals
  • Algebra: sequences and series
  • Number: indices and logarithms
  • Algebra: quadratics, cubics and other polynomials
  • Geometry: trigonometry
  • Combinatorics: further systematic counting and placement
  • Geometry: coordinates and vectors
  • Calculus: curve sketching and differentiation
  • Calculus: integration
  • Combinatorics: the binomial expansion

Materials and Equipment

This course will be running online, so students will need access to a device with internet connectivity.


This series of workshops is open to students from Kent and Medway schools only. Students from state-funded schools will be given priority.


These workshops are free to all students. Please note that students from state-funded schools will be given priority in the event that the workshops are over-subscribed.

Study Schedule

13/11/2021    The difference of two squares

27/11/2021    Angles, triangles and circles

11/12/2021    Number

08/01/2022    Forming and solving equations

22/01/2022    Trigonometry

05/02/2022    Binomial Expansion

19/02/2022    Calculus - differentiation

05/03/2022    Calculus - integration

19/03/2022    Indices and logarithms

02/04/2022    Sequences and series

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 12 & 13

Curriculum focus:

University admissions tests, A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Event format:

Student course

Event length:

20 hours


London and South East




Sat 13th Nov 2021

Course times:

10:00 - 11:30


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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

John Heffernan
[email protected]

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