By rebeccadowell, Apr 15 2019 04:10PM
In September 2017 I started working with Madi, a year 10 student. Maths was never her favourite subject, and she was struggling with a lack of continuity in teaching at her school – always a worry during GCSE courses, as the constant trail of supply teachers mean lots of topics being ‘re-hashed’, and the more complex topics getting ignored!
We created our own plan in year ten, which supported the topics she was doing in class, but set our own agenda in covering material that was being neglected, including blitzing the entire algebra topic.
In year 11 we continued with our plan, helped by Madi having a regular teacher for maths again. We did have some tricky moments – in November Madi was disappointed with her prelim results. However, it was clear to both her class teacher and myself that she was on the cusp on something fantastic – she just needed some tiny adjustments in her methods, and her grade was going to jump.
Rather than being despondent for long, Madi threw herself into some really focused revision. Our sessions were brilliant – she came with her weekly hit list, and we tackled each one in turn. The independent work she was doing was also great to see – she pushed herself through the different levels until she was tackling level 7 and 8 questions (and the odd topic from level 9) with confidence.
Fast forward to her most recent test – it was big smiles all round as Madi achieved a Level 8 - the most fantastic way to finish her last set of assessed papers before the real exams in June. Not bad for someone who 6 months ago was aiming for a Level 4! Madi – you’ve been an absolute superstar – I cant wait to celebrate your success in August!