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The Value of Practising Mathematics

Most of us come from the era where our parents forced us to learn our times tables off by heart and to practice basic arithmetic daily.

Then came the era of ‘outcomes-based education’ and children were encouraged to rather discover than practise, highlighting the ability of children to find answers for themselves.

Numerous studies have since suggested that a combination of the two is probably the best practice when it comes to Mathematics.

A study published in 2013 by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology suggests that there is no such a thing as a “math gene”. Children who do well in mathematics are children who practise mathematics! And they have to practise all types of maths. If you are good at geometry, you will not necessarily be good at algebra.

"We found support for a task specificity hypothesis. You become good at exactly what you practice," Sigmundsson says.

StudyChamp offers a variety of workbooks and tests that can give your child the valuable practise they need to become maths geniuses. Use our  Exam Practice workbooks to help your child prepare for the Mid-year Exams.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). "No math gene: Learning mathematics takes practice." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 December 2013. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131216102844.htm.

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