Who knows about this online education stuff then?

There’s a goodly chance that I’ll have to be doing some tutoring in GCSE maths this summer.

Not so much in teaching the grandkiddy, rather more in teaching them where to go get taught.

So, who knows all about YouTube channels and the like. We need GCSE Maths, foundation level. AQA if that makes any difference.


6 thoughts on “Who knows about this online education stuff then?”

  1. There’s quite a difference in teaching foundation though, because it comes down to getting all the easy marks and not worrying about what they can’t do. You have to not try to teach all the syllabus with strugglers, but build strength and confidence in the areas they can do.

    For instance angles in a triangle adding to 180° is easy marks, because you can teach them to hunt out triangles. Angles subtended by the same arc being equal is a waste of time, because they get too confused with so many rules. That it is in syllabus is irrelevant, because teaching it actually reduces the ability of weaker students to do the easy triangle stuff.

    After that the key is simple rules explained clearly and with old fashioned repetition in small doses. The old ways work best.

    I would examine their textbooks very thoroughly, because too many modern ones have no clearly explained rules, and far too few simple exercises. A really good textbook is better than on-line resource, easier to work with and with more actual work. The Singapore Maths ones have really good reputations.

    I can point to specific resources for specific skills (I am a Maths teacher, and I have taught foundation level). However most of my resources are not GCSE specifically because I teach in NZ (I taught IGSCE for a few years though). However my personal resources do show working, not just answers.

  2. Isn’t it rather sad, you’re grandkiddy will be occupying their time in Portugal with something as trivial as mathematics? What’s wrong with exploring a foreign country? Some actual, useful education in something worthwhile.

  3. I’ve been watching some of The Great Courses and found them to range from good to excellent. They do have math courses.

    Also the Kahn Academy.


    I’ll bet, however, that you can find a bilingual math tutor in either Portugal or the Czech Republic for a pretty reasonable price. Nothing like a human touch, especially if the kid does’t especially love math.

  4. I’m sure there are good maths tutors in CZ and PT, but they’re unlikely to be familiar with the nuances of the English exam system (as Chester points out).

  5. BBC Bitesize is your friend. Also, working your way through real exam questions under time pressure then going back over what you got wrong… search on Youtube for a video of someone explaining the concept. If the video is too annoying, search for another video.

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