Do you hate maths?
"I never liked maths when I was younger, but later I realised there were so many examples of where we use it, not just at work but in day-to-day life too.
"As part of my Care Certificate I had to take the National Numeracy Challenge. I didn’t think much of it and just wanted to get the module done so I could tick it off my Care Certificate. However, the first time I took the Challenge I didn't get the Essentials. I felt so frustrated, and above all, so rusty.
"Some of my colleagues felt the same way so we sat down together. I knew that if I took my time, I would get there. We do maths all the time at all points in our lives, and we have the knowledge there, but we just need to bring it out of us again and build that confidence back. I eventually passed and felt so relieved.
"Even though I have now completed the numeracy module of my Care Certificate I’m not going to stop there."
"The Challenge will be extremely helpful going forward because I want to use it to help me prepare for studying for both Functional Skills and I also want to go on to take an Occupational Therapy course.
"It has shown me that despite not getting the Essentials the first time, that did not mean that I was bad at maths, and with a bit of a push I will eventually be less scared to face it. Especially in my line of work as a Health Care Assistant, it’s always good to feel confident and have numeracy skills to demonstrate a good standard of care."
How Maryam got her confidence back
When Maryam started a baking course with a view to one day having her own business, she felt daunted by the amount of maths. But by persevering she showed herself that she could do it, and rekindled her love of learning at the same time.
She used the Challenge to build her confidence and you could too.
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What is the National Numeracy Challenge?
It's a free-to-use website where adults can build their confidence with numbers. It includes a 10min check of your skills and specific learning resources to help you learn the skills you need.
By checking and improving in bite-sized chunks, at times that suit you, you can join the thousands of others who have used it to build stronger skills and confidence with numbers.