Most people have heard of dyslexia which is a learning difference which primarily affects reading and writing skills. There is an equivalent learning difference which affects mathematics; namely Dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding numbers which can lead to a diverse range of difficulties with mathematics. It will be unexpected in relation to age, level of education and experience and occurs across all ages and abilities. It is thought that at least 5% of people have dyscalculia. In the UK, that is over 3 million people.
Signs of dyscalculia aren’t always easy to spot, and it isn’t the same as maths anxiety, but students with dyscalculia often react strongly to activities that involve maths and will become upset or frustrated. Students diagnosed with dyscalculia have a specific learning difficulty for mathematics. This is characterised by having difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lacking an intuitive grasp of numbers, and having problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence. The key to supporting the learning of a student diagnosed with dyscalculia lies in the identification of their strengths. Maths-Whizz Tutor initial assessment will capture this.
How Maths-Whizz Virtual Tutor Supports Students with Dyscalculia
Maths-Whizz also fosters independent learning, through the student engaging with the Tutor each week to reach weekly goals, rewards and personal messages. Praise, rewards and encouragement is key to boost confidence and motivation.
Time in Topic Challenge will help build positive engagement in learning and enables students to revisit areas of mathematical learning frequently to reinforce concepts learnt.
Ensuring Maths-Whizz is part of the maths of students learning on a weekly basis will give them solid support with their maths learning. All that is required is around one hour which can be broken down into 15-minute blocks three times a week
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