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2018-04-09
2nd Term Newsletter


 

 

 

Bergvliet                                                    CC No:  2007/029536/23                                                             Claremont

Tel:  084 406 4666                                                                                                                                Tel: 074 584 3449
Email:  tuition@madaboutmaths.co.za                                                          Email: admin@madaboutmaths.co.za

Glen Alpine Centre, Ladies Mile Rd, Bergvliet                                   Cavendish Close; Warwick Street, Claremont

Dear Students & Parents                                                                                                                              09/04/2018

 

Tomorrow students will be returning to school for the start of the 2nd Term. We want to make sure we maintain the moment we gained in the first term and carry that into the rest of the year.

During a student’s school career, the calculation for the final year mark will vary depending of the Phase. In grade 4 students start writing exams and the end of year examination only counts 25% of the final mark. Moving forward the FET phase it changes considerably and the end of year examination will count 75% of the final mark.

Phase

SBA component %

End of year examination %

Foundation Phase (Gr R - 3)

100

0

Intermediate Phase (Gr 4 – 6)

75

25

Senior Phase (Gr 7 – 9)

40

60

FET Band (Gr 10 – 12)

25

75

 

 

What can students do to help them adjust to this structure through the years and score good marks in their end of year examination?

This is where the importance of a study plan comes in. What is a study plan?
A study plan is not only a timetable of setting time aside to study a subject. The “plan’ in Study Plan makes it clear that planning and preparation is involved.

 

It is important to be aware of the following:

  • How many free hours do I have available?
  • How much time should be devoted to each subject?
  • What material will I be covering in my study session?
  • What environment do I need to create for effective studying?

 

As a guideline, students should start in primary school already and dedicate a set amount of time every day to their maths and sciences. As little as 20min per subject will lay a solid foundation for a good study routine. As students get older they can then increase the time spent per subject.

The benefits of having a study plan are numerous, just to mention a few –

  • It provides a sense of direction and students feel more organized
  • Students feel less stressed and can manage their stress better.
  • Students do not feel overloaded with work as it is done daily
  • Regulars study periods increase concentration

 

At Mad about Maths we would like to assist all our students to create healthy study habits that will help to achieve their goals and keep the stresses of school and exams at bay.

As there is so much coursework to revise for Grade 11 & 12 Mathematics & Physical Science, Mad bout Maths has drawn up a workshop schedule where we will teach individual sections corresponding with the sections being covered at school. These workshops can help each student create a focused study plan as the theory regarding each section is covered in depth and variety of exam type questions are practised.

The workshop schedule for the months of April & May are attached. Please go through the schedule, plan and book which workshops you would like to attend during this term, and schedule it in your diary so you know that that time will be dedicated to your studies. These workshops are only 3-4 hours long but will be an efficient use of time as you are devoting a set amount of time to a subject, the material that you will need to cover will be prepared and it will be in an environment with no distractions.

Grade 10 – 12 students also please provide us with your mid-year exam time table as soon as possible so we can do the planning for the revision workshops to help you prepare for your exams.

 

As we do not only want to look after the tuition needs of our Grade 10 – 12 students, but also the much younger students, we want to start offering mini-workshops. These Mathematics workshops will be 45min to 2hours long (depending on the grade) and will be specifically designed to teach and re-enforce concepts students often battle with and that are vital for high school. Students from Grade 4 and up will be able to attend these workshops.

A few examples of the topics covered would be –

  1. Fractions
  2. Mixed operations of fractions
  3. Integers
  4. Introduction to Algebra
  5. The Number System
  6. Introduction to Geometry (2D shapes)
  7. Word Problems
  8. Various methods of Division
  9. Various methods of Multiplication
  10. Mental Maths & Important rules to remember

 

Please provide us with your opinion or input regarding these mini-workshops and then they can be planned according to our student’s needs. A survey regarding this will also go out during this month.

To emphasize the importance of a study plan, Mad about Maths will be offering an additional service: STUDY PLANNING.  This service will be to help our students set up their own personalized study plan and provide guidance. This study plan will cover all subjects and not only cover the subjects we currently tutor. Please contact us for more information regarding this or to set up an appointment to discuss what this would entail.

 

Good luck for the 2nd term and please remember that we are here to assist you every step of the way with regards to your educational needs.

Maddy & The Mad about Maths Team

                                               “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier