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No More Primes

This is a (likely unoriginal) game based on the delightful No More Jockeys, as played by Mark Watson, Alex Horne and Tim Key: How to Play (for 2+ players/teams):On each turn, players name a number plus a category that…

The History and Future of Mathematics

This will be fleshed out in a full blog post soon. But until then, here are the slides from my talk at MathsConf25 on ‘The History and Future of Mathematics’. Editable PowerPoint:

Divisibility Tests and the Place for Logic in the Maths Classroom

Original tweet: What’s the problem? This question/answer was shared by @Miss_M_Maths earlier today and provoked some really interesting discussions about whether this pupil has given a valid reason for their answer. Despite being a question about multiples and divisibility…

Exam Timing

Why is timing important? The STEP papers are 3 hours long, which may be the longest exams you’ve taken up to this point. They are also open ended, with no specific number of questions to attempt, and unpredictable, it is…

Question Choice

Why is question choice important? The STEP exams might be the first ones in which you have to choose which questions you answer. This post will give you some guidelines for making those choices, but practice will also be vital…

Exam Presentation

Why is presentation important? The presentation of your answers is something easily overlooked when preparing for STEP, but it can seriously affect your result. It is easy to get carried away with rushed algebra and end up with an illegible…

The Evening Before the Exam

Why is it important? The 24 hours before your exam are the most important 24 hours in your preparation for the exam. This is especially true for STEP, in which being off your game on the day can have a…