I'm doing an english degree and got a first in my first year, so that is great, I am good at English. Maths, pah, I am shite.
I want to teach English and unfortunately to do this I need my maths GCSE. The thing is I am really struggling with the basics. I think it comes down to me not knowing my times tables. What is the best way for me to learn them? Should I buy/look online for maths help for kids? DD is in year 5 and is ahead of me on most of this, I don't really want to ask her for help as she isn't equipped to teach me and it will end in tears.
I dont know what city you live in but I have just completed a maths course arranged through one of our local colleges. In Leicester at least there are many courses starting at the very basics and working right the way up.
If I can be of any assistance to you please dont hesitate to message me
Tcanny: Thanks, I am in Manchester and doing the course in the evening at my local college. It is mixed ability adult leaners, mostly doing the intermediate paper, but some of them are younger and generally better! Thanks for your offer, I will message you if neccessary
Potato: I will have a look at that now. Then buy a times table wall chart .
All my efforts are going into my degree so it is really difficult to find any enthusiasm or space in my brain. I am doing my degree full time and also have three kids and work evenings. I think at some point I may just collapse.
For basic maths you could try the woodlands school website. They have tons of exercises which would build your confidence before you move onto ks3. Also try bbc bitesize maths for ks2. There are loads of places, you could print some off from www.worksheetworks.com and practice those too.
for times tables the key is practice I think, so the best things to do make a grid 10 rows and 10 columns. Label the rows 1-10 and the columns 1-10. Then put the answer to 1x1 in the first row of the first column, 3x3 in the third row of the third column. Fill up the table.
The first thing you will see is how much of the table you can do without thinking; the second thing is you will begin to be reminded of long forgotten rules or patterns, and the last thing is you will begin to practice the "harder ones", 6s and 7s
redo the grid a couple of times until you just know that 6 x7 = 7x6 = 42
I have just taken out a book from the library "Carol Vorderman's Help your kids with maths" Dorling Kindersley. I am going to buy a copy, it uses a visual approach and covers everything DS1 will be doing over the next couple of years.
Loads of people struggle to remember times tables, even some mathematicians.