19th October 2010
Now in its 4th year, the Maths link scheme aims to help students improve their confidence in maths. Students in years 7, 8 and 9 are paired up with their own sixth form mentor who helps them with maths once a week during lunchtime.
The scheme is beneficial for all involved. Sixth formers find seeing their student improve their skills and confidence very rewarding. They also enjoy discovering ways to explain mathematical concepts- which can, at times, be stretching for them too! This extra curriculum involvement is mentioned in UCAS references sent to universities to reflect the experience these students have gained by helping with this scheme. Lower school students benefit from having one-to-one help and extra time to go through the work at their own pace. When they haven’t understood a concept or a technique in class, they go through it again with their mentor. They can then practice more questions to make sure they’ve understood.
Over 60 sixth formers have volunteered to take part in the scheme this year. Lower school students who would benefit from Maths link are selected by their maths teachers. Year 8 and 9 students have been meeting with their sixth formers for a couple of weeks already, and year 7 students will be joining the scheme after the half term break.