In a video that I made recently about ways to improve your QTS Numeracy I mentioned things like using a range of different resources, using things like apps to help you with your addition and multiplications. Drawing on my personal knowledge that I’ve acquired over the last few years as a professional maths tutor in Leeds and successfully tutoring loads of people for their QTS Numeracy test, here are a few free online resources that I think are really useful for those of you out there preparing for the numeracy test. Remember that there are no shortcuts when it comes to learning what you need to know for the QTS – it all comes down to how much you practice and the quality of the practice.

Online Arithmetic Drill – This is a great little tool for improving your multiplications, additions, subtractions and divisions – there really is no excuse for not knowing your multiplications when you’re going in for the QTS Numeracy test! You set what you want to do whether it’s just multiplications that you want to practice or a combination of additions, subtractions etc. set which numbers you want to be asked to multiply, set the time that you want to practice for and away you go – do as many as you can in the time that you have. I personally have this bookmarked on my computer and is one of my personal favourites! My personal best is 107 multiplications in 120 seconds up to 12×12. Try to do 15 to 20 minutes of practice a day for a couple of weeks and you’ll see a huge difference.

Worksheet Generator 1 – This site can produce a never-ending supply of worksheets (dynamically generated) for you covering additions, multiplications, simplifying fractions, addition and multiplication of fractions, rounding, percentages …. the list goes on. Not all of the stuff that’s available will be relevant to the QTS Numeracy test as the site is not designed with QTS specifically in mind but there is some good stuff there that you can really take advantage of.

Worksheet Generator 2 – Another brilliant site for worksheets. This looks like it could be aimed primarily at American schoolchildren so is, again, not specifically designed for QTS. BUT….there are just tons of topics covered. I think the ones that would be most useful for QTS Numeracy would be the sections titled

  • Elementary Math
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Ratio, proportion and percent

Just have a play around with the settings until you get used to it – definitely a recommended site

 

I sometimes get asked by my students if I can do some worksheets for them to practice with – I have done this in the past but if I’m completely honest with you there is really no need for me to do so. I don’t want to sound like I’m just trying to find a way to get out of doing a bit of work, but using these websites you can generate hundreds, if not thousands or even tens of thousands, of questions in the time that it would take me to write out a mere twenty questions and that’s not including the tea-break that I’d probably take half way through and then the time that you would have to wait for me to email it through to you! How can I compete with a computer program that is specifically designed to mass produce questions! And what’s more is all of these worksheets are free, created at the click of a mouse and often have the option for the answers to be generated as well. Maybe it would be better for me to stick to what I’m good at which is the tutoring!

 

 

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