Year 11 students, leap boundaries with the help of the University of Derby.

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

At the boundary leapers event on the 25th February my job, with my Uni. colleagues were to assist year 11 students at Landou Forte College (providers of secondary education in Derby) in preparation for their maths GCSE exams. The event, an initiative by the Derby Opportunity area, involved me and 4 other maths students: Callum (3rd Year), Adam (Maths Society President), Tim (Maths Society Secretary), and Boujamma (1st Year). We were supported by our Maths Professor, Dr Ovidiu Bagdasar. Also there and helping out were forensics student Louise along with Charlotte and Beth from the widening access team.

The day started off with a motivational speech from Ovidiu. Ovidiu spoke about what it is like to study Mathematics at University and entertained the students with new perspectives on the familiar Pythagoras theorem. The students were then split into groups based on their predicted grade, 3/4, 5/6 and l7+, in which maths teachers gave lessons on topics which caused the most problems throughout the country.

During the day I assisted with the 7+ group, starting off with circle theorems, then moved on to do data representation, followed after by algebraic fractions and finished the day with ratios.

The year 11 students were at first very timid to ask for help however as the day went on they were more than happy to receive my help if they needed it. Overall it was a great experience, it's a lovely thing to see another person suddenly understand something that they had previously found difficult to grasp. I thoroughly recommend helping out if you have the chance to, on future outreach programs.

Keep an eye out on this website or contact Dr Ovidiu Bagdasar for opportunities to get involved.

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