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Year 13 Regular Problem Solving Classes – from September to February @ the University of Derby

Year 13 students are invited to join a free 18-week series of maths problem-solving sessions, taking place on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm at the University of Derby. The sessions offer students the opportunity to develop their advanced problem-solving skills and prepare for MAT, TMUA and STEP exams.

The problems students will tackle are fun and rewarding. Students will get the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded pupils from other schools in the county. Attending the sessions will enrich students’ mathematical experience. Students will look at problems from a range of sources, including the MAT and TMUA examinations, but much of the focus will be on STEP exams.

The course will provide a structured introduction to solving the kinds of questions which feature in STEP. Each week the students will be given scaffolded questions and solutions relating to the theme of the week. Gradually, the scaffolding is taken away as the students gain in confidence.

Problem Solving Matters – 29th June, 13th July & 21st September @ University of Warwick

This course is for Year 12 students from state-funded schools, academies and colleges who are interested in applying for places studying Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Imperial College, Durham University or the University of Warwick. It is also suitable for students who wish to improve their mathematical problem-solving skills in preparation for their undergraduate degree. Please note that this course is not suitable for GCSE students.

Students will be required to sit the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT) as part of the admissions process if they are applying to study Mathematics or Computer Science courses (including joint honours) at Oxford, or any Mathematics undergraduate course at Imperial College London. Students applying for Mathematics at Durham University or the University of Warwick may be required to sit the MAT or TMUA (Test of Mathematics for University Admission) examination.

This course is designed to prepare students for the way they will have to think to achieve success in the MAT, TMUA and other problem-solving mathematics examinations by developing their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. The course consists of three face to face study days, three summer assignments and four online follow-up sessions.

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