Helping Adults with Maths

Research shows that if adults improve their maths they’re more likely to get a job and earn more. They will also be better equipped to help children with their homework, and to handle lots of everyday tasks more easily. With the right support, adults don’t just improve their maths skills and their career prospects; they often become fascinated by maths and successfully tackle things they thought were beyond them at work and at home.

If you’re a maths teacher, Union Learning Representative (ULR), an advice worker, debt adviser, youth club leader, Information, Advice or Guidance (IAG) worker, a family learning worker, community learning champion or anybody else who helps people find learning opportunities or supports learning, these bite-sized courses will be useful to you. They can:

  • Engage adults in learning maths
  • Support adults with particular maths skills for everyday life
  • Be a first step for formal maths learning
  • Help adults manage their finances
  • Help parents and carers to support children with maths
  • Support adults maths learners up to Level 2

There are three separate bite-sized courses. Each includes videos about different topics, quizzes or games to help check and develop skills used. There are links to other websites with more useful content. The resources are flexible and can be used in a range of settings. If you are helping adults with maths, you may want to connect with others who are doing something similar. We have developed a Maths Champion Network that you can join: http://mathschampions.net

There are many reasons for getting better at maths, these include:

  • When you “get it” with maths; it’s a real buzz!
  • You’ll find some everyday tasks easier to handle
  • Learning maths can make you feel more confident and ready to take on new challenges at work and at home
  • You can meet new people and learn with them
  • If you go for a maths qualification, getting your certificate will make you feel great
  • You’ll be able to help your children take a positive approach to maths
  • Research shows that you’re more likely to get a job or earn more
  • You might even become a maths role model and break the cycle of underachievement!

This is taken from: http://shop.niace.org.uk/facing-up-to-maths.html where you can also find out more about making maths relevant and enjoyable. It also includes profiles of adults who have changed their lives around through maths learning.

Finally, it’s important to think about how people learn, particularly when helping adults with maths as many people have had negative experiences of maths learning. For some useful information about Learning Styles go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/tutors/inclusive-learning