How to improve your maths
Many of us want to get better at maths, but are held back by feeling it's something that we can't improve. Being good with numbers isn’t a special talent, it’s something we can all learn.
The First Step: National Numeracy Challenge
However you feel about maths, you’re not alone. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free and easy-to-use website you can use to improve your confidence with numbers. You can use the Challenge on your phone, tablet or home-computer. Save your progress as you go - no timer means you can dip in and out in your own time.
The Challenge aims to help you get better at maths in the way that best suits you.
Maths... for people who don't like maths
Over 400,000 people have used the National Numeracy Challenge so far. It can be used by adults with any level of maths, but we've designed it along side adults who have low confidence with numbers.
This means it's not like learning at school. There's no judgement and you can do it at your own pace.
By using the Challenge to check their skills and build their confidence it's helped thousands of learners for: work, supporting children and managing money.
3 tips to help you get better at maths:
It may sound odd, but mistakes make it easier to learn. Every time we get something wrong we understand a bit more about how to get it right next time. Remember, nobody is born an expert – we all have to start somewhere.
Start with belief in yourself and the rest will follow
Confidence is the key to all learning. If you give yourself the chance to learn and accept that mistakes are part of the process, your confidence will naturally grow. The first step to improving is believing that you can.
Take your time
People are often so keen to find out their results that they rush to answer the questions. Take your time and read the questions thoroughly. There's no timer or progress bar so you can take your time to think. Take it at your own pace, have a break and come back whenever you need to.
Tools to Help Improve Your Maths:
Family Maths Toolkit
Sometimes, the best way to understand something is to explain it to others. By engaging your children with maths at home, you will be giving them a great foundation in numeracy whilst improving your own understanding and confidence.
If you’re confident with numbers, it’s almost certain your children will be too. Our Family Maths Toolkit has lots of tips, activities, and advice about how to enjoy maths with your children.
Star Dash Studios
Our smartphone app, Star Dash Studios, is designed to help improve your numeracy through a fun, runner-style game.
Players take on the role of an assistant in the movie business, encountering other members of the team and finishing maths-based tasks to progress through each level of the game.
Everyone can get better at maths. Smarter numeracy skills can lead to a better job, more confidence with money – even improved health.
Yes you can
With the right amount of effort and support, everyone can learn the maths they need for day-to-day life.