On February 11th 2013, Mairead drove from the West Country for a two hour coaching session on Monday and Tuesday. We spent some time improving her mental maths skills speed and filled gaps in her knowledge in the Stats and applying arithmetic section. Then she returned home and took her test on Wednesday.
She emailed ...
I passed, thank you so much for your help! I really think it was the mental part that got me through it, I must have got 11/12 correct! The calculator section was hard and I left a few questions unanswered! Must have just scrapped it, but a pass is a pass. Thanks again for your help.
On May 3rd, 2012 Pooja from London, wrote:
I've been struggling with getting to grips with all aspects of the numeracy test and regardless of reading books and practicing online, I still can't grasp how to answer the questions.
As the new rule for tests come in soon, I would really like some intensive tutoring as I am fearful that I won't be able to teach due to failing the numeracy.
If tuition is possible, I'd be grateful.
We had a 1 hour coaching session focusing mainly on mental maths.
On 10th May, Pooja wrote: I failed yet again and did worse on the mental arithmetic as well as the stats. Very stressed out!
On 15th May, I coached for 2 hours MAINLY on the 2nd part
of the test. The test does not show you where you failed, so you may think you know something when you don't! I needed to make sure everything was clear.
On May 16th Pooja wrote: Thank you do much for your help yesterday. The good news is that I passed somehow! You have been fantastic and I will recommend you to others.
In March 2012, Satchet emailed...
"I took the numeracy test again and needed 5 more marks to pass. I think I need your coaching skills
We arranged to meet and Satchet drove the 140 miles from Bristol to Toddington for a two hour session on Monday afternoon and then back again!
He took the test the next day at 7pm. At 8pm I received an email...
"I took the test today and passed! I am so overwhelmed with excitement. Thank you so much for your support.
This was certainly a challenge for me and now I can focus on what I'm good at - Teaching!"
Satchet, secondary school teacher
I would just like to thank you for your help, patience and support yesterday. I took the test today and PASSED, I can't believe it. I am truly grateful and will recommend you to others.
Christine, July 2011
Success at last !
I have always struggled with Maths and panicked under test conditions. Having failed the QTS Numeracy test on several occasions and with only 6 weeks until the end of the course, I felt the need to gain some help.
David's calm teaching style put me at ease right away, he provided me with the necessary strategies to answer what I originally felt were complicated questions, in quick easy steps.
With David's teachings and practice at home, I passed the QTS test with considerable ease! David has not only helped me gain QTS, he has also instilled a level of mathematical confidence within me, which I never thought possible.
Chantelle, June 2011
I have taken the test 3 times now and failed by 2 marks each time.
It is the mental arithmetic that is causing me the problems. I must pass it this time for my final moderation.
Do you have time to provide 1:1 tuition ASAP
2 hours of lessons later...
David, you are a legend, I passed yay!
Thank you for the resources and your tuition it really helped to simplify the process for me, and made me instantly much more confident.
I will be recommending that the Oxon Bucks GTP training course contact you about providing support for next years trainees.
I cannot thank you enough, I will now be a fully qualified teacher by Friday, not sure I could have done it without your support.
Keep up the great work you do for others :o)
Sarah, June 2011
I failed the test again by 5 marks. I am really fed up now.
I will have to come and see you as I am worrying a lot now. I think I have taken this test 7 times
of which the first time I failed by 2 and now it's getting worse. I just don't get it.
One and a half hours of lessons later...
I took the test today, failed by one on mental maths again!!
You will be pleased to hear that I passed.
Thank you for developing such wonderful and useful material: so much better than all the support that I have had from the university.
Even at the tutorial you instilled in me the confidence that I could do it.
Dionne, June 2011