A new e-learning website called TheMathsTutor.ie that is honing in specifically on project maths for Junior and Leaving Cert students is officially launching this week during MathsFest 2012.
Set up by Eamon Toland, a maths tutor based in Co Mayo, the site was launched in trial mode before the 2012 exams. Since then, Toland has added new features and content to TheMathsTutor.ie to cover the latest syllabus changes to project maths. The website will have its official launch this Saturday in Cork at the MathsFest education show.
Toland said some of the features on TheMathsTutor.ie include video lessons, interactive exercises and online supports. He said the site fills a gap by providing an online support for project maths. Toland said that for less than the cost of taking two grinds, students can benefit from online support during their school year.
Project maths at Junior and Leaving Cert level is a programme of reform that involves a problem-solving approach. The initiative started in 2008 when project maths was set up in an initial 24 schools. Some of the aims of project maths include giving students a better understanding of the subject, increasing the number of students taking higher-level papers and improving exam results in the subject in general.
"We’ve had a fantastic response to the trial version of the system up to the 2012 exams," he said. "We have just launched our free booklet on exam techniques and we have plans for live weekly online seminars."
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