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In this article, we are going to take a look at what the Junior Cycle Maths Course involves.

"Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country."

- David Hilbert

## Why is Junior Cycle Maths Important?

Maths is something we use in everyday life, from calculating change to how much time we need to carry out tasks. Math is an essential tool in everyday life.

Junior cycle mathematics aims to provide relevant and challenging opportunities for all students to become mathematically proficient so that they can cope with the mathematical challenges of daily life and enable them to continue their *study of mathematics* in the senior cycle and beyond.

In this specification, mathematical proficiency is conceptualised not as a one-dimensional trait but as having five interconnected and interwoven components:

**Conceptual understanding:**comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations, and relations**Procedural fluency:**skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately**Strategic competence:**ability to formulate, represent, and solve mathematical problems in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts**Adaptive reasoning:**capacity for logical thought, reflection, explanation, justification and communication**Productive disposition:**habitual inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence, perseverance and one’s efficacy

By gaining a good knowledge of maths, we can make sense of statistics, understand the content of scientific articles and take something away from the infographics we see in the newspapers.

Everyday maths in real life is used for:

- Budgeting
- Doing your taxes
- Building and creating
- Resolving any problems involving a series of variables
- Calculating percentages
- Measuring distance and journeys
- Working out value for money

You see, Maths is something you already use every day, and by learning it as part of your junior cycle course you can enhance your skills and make everyday tasks easier.

## Junior Cycle Maths Games

"Why do children dread mathematics? Because of the wrong approach. Because it is looked at as a subject."

- Shakuntala Devi

Math games offer a new teaching method for those looking to enthuse students about the subject:

- Fun maths games encourage curiosity
- They teach students how to organise their thoughts
- They offer a different approach to difficult math problems through playful media such as maths puzzles
- Maths games promote the use of trial and error to come to a solution, meaning the student has the opportunity to change their tactics
- The student has plenty of time to work out where they went wrong - something they don't always have in class.

Maths websites such as My Maths are becoming ever more popular for homework assignments. Just changing the medium from paper to screen can turn homework into interactive maths games.

There are plenty of free resources and cool maths games online on websites such as Hoodamath and Snappy Maths.

## FREE Online Maths Lessons with Youtube

Many certified teachers such as those at The Dublin Academy of Education are uploading their maths lessons to Youtube.

This is a popular resource for students who are working through maths past papers since they are usually exam specific. So if you want to work through the Junior cycle or Leaving cert past papers, you'll find a video for your exact practice paper.

This method of revision is useful for students as they can pause, rewind, and replay parts of the lesson at any point and, of course, it's completely free! All you need is a Wifi connection.

And if you're not preparing to sit an exam, there are plenty of videos teaching general maths. So if you want to refresh your mind in maths and feel curious why not try a quick search?

Just remember that no matter your age, your location or your maths ability, lessons can help you to understand maths as well as open up more career prospects for you.

## Get Help With Junior Cycle Maths

*Do you find maths difficult?* **You Are Not Alone...**

The thing that makes math difficult for many students is that it takes patience and persistence. For many students, math is not something that comes easily, it takes plenty of effort. It is a subject that sometimes requires students to devote lots of time and energy.

Take comfort from the fact that many people find Maths challenging as a subject, and that it is perfectly normal for you to need a little time or extra tuition to help you along the way.

It’s okay to ask for help. Even if you think you know the concept and understand the question, you may need extra guidance to lead you in the right direction. Consider getting a math tutor, asking a peer, or seeking help from your professor/teacher.

Perhaps the method you learn inside your class isn’t the best method for you. That’s why outside tutors or help may be just what you need to learn math fast.

Often, grinds from outside of the school environment can help students learn new tips and even mnemonic devices which can aid them when it comes to retrieving memories to help with specific formulas during the exam. Having one to one maths lessons from primary school to university can be incredibly beneficial to those who are worried about falling behind or just need to improve their confidence in school.

Keep an eye out for people advertising private at-home tutoring some of the places you might come across these advertisements include:

- Community halls
- Sports halls
- Local shops
- Your GP surgery
- School noticeboard

## 5 reasons you should take Junior Cycle Maths grinds:

"Mathematics has beauty and romance. It's not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It's an extraordinary place; it's worth spending time there."

- Marcus du Sautoy

There are so many reasons why students find grinds helpful when it comes to subjects they may be struggling with, but we have narrowed it down to just five reasons why you should get some help with your maths:

- To improve your maths grade.
- To receive one-to-one personalised and detailed feedback, advice and direction.
- To give extra attention to your problem topics, focusing on specific areas of a subject instead of just general revision can improve your skills in topics you need to.
- To focus on developing your mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding for everyday life and exams.
- To gain confidence in your mathematical abilities when it comes to in class, doing homework and exams.

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