Becoming a Better Mathematician

Becoming a Better Mathematician

In this feature we have brought together groups of linked tasks. These tasks will provide you with the opportunity to develop the five key ingredients that we think make successful mathematicians. Take a look at the short student article below which gives more detail about each one and suggests ways to help you reflect on becoming a better mathematician.

The last day for submitting solutions to our live problems is Monday 6 July.

In this article for students, we outline what we believe are the five key ingredients that make a successful mathematician. Where are your strengths? What might you want to work on?
This short article explores what it means to be a successful mathematician.
There are two pairs of tasks in this group. The first problem in each pair gives you the chance to explore a situation and then you'll need to apply what you have learnt to the second task.
You can play each of these games by starting with the competitive version. Once you've got the hang of that, put your reasoning to the test with the collaborative version.
The tasks in this group invite you to find all possible solutions. Reflecting on other people's solutions as well as your own, can help you develop systematic ways of working.
These tasks all encourage you to explore and describe number patterns, and in particular give you the chance to use what you know about factors and multiples.