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The Ultimate Guide to Excelling in Maths as an Adult Learner

Starting a maths course as an adult learner can feel daunting, but fear not! Whether you’re brushing up on your skills for a promotion or starting on a new career path requiring maths knowledge, this blog post provides a few tips on how to get the most out of your learning experience.

Shift your mindset

Many adults struggle with math anxiety, often rooted in past experiences. Embrace a growth mindset – believe in your ability to learn and improve. Celebrate small wins and focus on the progress you make, not past failures.

Find the right resources for you

The beauty of adult learning is the abundance of resources available. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all math classes. At Skills & Learning, we pride ourselves on offering smaller classes than other organisations to create a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment for your learning. This allows you to work closely with our tutors and receive the support you need to succeed.

In addition to our classes, there are also many other FREE resources available to support you, such as video tutorials on YouTube and educational apps. These resources enable you to learn on the go and reinforce your learning outside of the classroom.

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Make it practical

Connect the dots! Apply math concepts to real-world scenarios relevant to your life or career goals. Are you working towards a promotion in sales? Practice calculating sales figures and commission rates. Do you dream of starting your own business? Explore basic accounting principles or budgeting strategies. The more relatable you make maths, the easier it becomes to grasp and retain.

Embrace active learning

To get the most out of your learning make sure to take notes, practice problems regularly, and don’t shy away from challenges. Utilise online quizzes and practice tests to assess your understanding and identify areas needing improvement.

Find a study partner

Taking a maths course can be challenging but learning alongside a friend or colleague can be incredibly motivating. You could form a study group to tackle problems together and keep each other accountable. Bouncing ideas off each other can spark new insights and make the learning process more enjoyable.

 Ask help when needed

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Our tutors are on hand to support you and guide you through your course, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and clarify any doubts. This is the key to success, and we are sure everyone else is thinking the same!

Celebrate your achievements and progress

Acknowledge your progress, no matter how small. Reward yourself for completing a challenging worksheet or mastering a new concept. Celebrating your achievements reinforces positive learning behaviours and keeps you motivated on your maths learning journey.

Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint

Learning maths as an adult takes time and dedication. Don’t get discouraged by setbacks. Be patient with yourself, stay consistent with your practice, and celebrate the small wins. With the right approach you’ll be well on your way to excelling in maths and gaining the knowledge you need to succeed.

Are you looking to improve your maths or gain a qualification for work or study? Skills & Learning offer many different options to get you to where you want to be.

Need a maths refresher for daily tasks like budgeting, food shopping, or helping your children with homework? Multiply offers free numeracy courses for adults 19 and over. Gain essential maths skills for everyday at your own pace with friendly tutors, supportive classes, and no pressure of exams.  Learn more about Multiply courses here: Multiply – Free maths courses

For those wanting to boost their maths skills and gain a recognised qualification, we offer a range of maths courses, including Functional Skills Maths (Entry Level – Level 2) and GCSE Maths.