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Supporting the student’s learning journey through the transition of mathematics and statistics from level 2 to level 3

Project leader(s): 
Alison Bromley
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current

Mathematics and Statistics are linear subjects where success at higher levels depends on firm foundations, it is likened to a carpenter who is only capable of making a beautiful piece of furniture once they understand how a hammer and nail work. It is also the case that students succeed by regularly practicing mathematics, as it is not a spectator sport!

Currently the transition from level 2 to level 3 involves periods where students have no mathematical study and in some cases the foundations have been studied several years previously and are now no longer at a student’s fingertips. There is a need for students to continue to practice techniques in a supported environment during the gap between modules and have appropriate advice on areas where they need to refresh previously established knowledge in order to have the best chance of succeeding in their chosen level 3 modules.

The breadth of material at level 3 in the mathematics and statistics qualifications is considerable and work will need to be carried out in order to identify the areas where lack of preparation commonly leads to students underperforming in certain modules. There is evidence from module life reviews, student feedback and external examiners reports identifying some topics that would be of value for students to revise. The School already has a wealth of resources used by students to identify their readiness for each level 3 module, but there is a need to scope out, and possible write, further material to enable students to revise and refresh areas needed. The ultimate goal would be to build a website where students can self-identify areas in need of revision, together with provided a supported learning environment.  

This project links to Sue Pawley and Chris Hughes, Supporting MST224 students with bridging material during their transition from level one mathematics.

Alison Bromley, Rachel Hilliam, Chris Hughes and Sue Pawley poster

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