Maths Problem Solving for the UKMT Maths Challenge
This course is targeted at students at all levels who wish to enrich their learning and extend their mathematical powers by engaging with interesting and challenging mathematical problems. This would be particularly suited to student who enjoy the Maths Challenge events run by the UKMT. It would also be highly beneficial to anybody considering studying Maths or a related subject at university in the future.
The aims of the course are as follows
- To experience a wide range of mathematical problems designed to make you think and to develop confidence in tackling such problems.
- To open your mind to mathematical ideas and strategies that may not be encountered as frequently in the standard curriculum.
- To enjoy the challenge of novel and interesting problems.
Each session will be 1 hour long and will be either weekly or fortnightly. If you are interested in this course contact Schoolhere via our contact us page to notify your interest
Michael Gibson - Bio
Michael Gibson graduated from Sheffield University in 2002 with a 1st class honours degree in Theoretical Physics (MPhys) and later graduated from Durham University in 2006 with a PhD in Computational Physics. After a year working as a postdoctoral research associate at Oxford University he then completed a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics Education at Newcastle University in 2008.
After this he was employed as a Teacher of Mathematics at Gosforth Academy, Newcastle, where he taught both GCSE and A-Level Mathematics as well as A-Level Computer Science.
As of 2014 he elected for this role to become part-time in order to diversify his work in Maths Education and in 2016 he moved to Carmel College, Darlington, where he now works part-time teaching A-Level Mathematics. Amongst his current roles are delivery of A-Level Maths and Further Maths tuition to students both face-to-face and online, Maths “problem solving” classes and dedicated STEP Mathematics preparation classes, mainly in his role as an associate of the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP). He is also involved in educational resource development and publication.
Michael has had a lifelong fascination with the beauty, elegance and power of Mathematics and enjoys sharing his passion for the subject with others. He believes strongly that genuine learning in Maths comes from within and is best developed through questions and tasks that enable this process to take place, along with lucid and insightful presentation of ideas. Through his style of teaching, he always aims to reflect these principles, while at the same time using his extensive curriculum knowledge to help guide students to exam success.