Struggling with mathematics or just want to maintain your good marks? Online learning is the answer!
access_time Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 5:08 PM
With the recent
#FeesMustFall campaign, a new focus was placed on online and blended teaching
to make Education more affordable and accessible to all. In the digital age we
are living in, this concept is gathering momentum worldwide and means you can
live anywhere in the world, even a small town somewhere in the Karoo, and
follow a Harvard online course!
online South African mathematics website, YouCanDoMaths, falls squarely into this
category. With this website you can study high school mathematics wherever or
whenever you want to, you can study at your own pace (the best way to learn
mathematics) and you can join an important trend around the world that is
encouraging diligent and independent learners. The website can be accessed on any computer,
laptop, tablet or smartphone (Android or iOS), as long as you have an internet
YCDM is fully
South African and CAPS aligned and has been authored by teachers who are
experienced in both the teaching of mathematics and the development of digital
mathematics. It is designed for South African schools writing the NSC or IEB
exams, so there is no need for searching or sifting through mathematics lessons
from around the world - you just need to follow the list of lessons from top to
bottom! Each lesson
consists of a video, notes, test and fully worked out answers which become
available once the test has been completed. The test score is recorded in a
progress report. Depending on the method of registering, the parent or guardian
also has access to the learner’s progress report, an ideal way to be involved
with a child’s learning and development.
popular demand, YCDM is launching grade 8 and 9 at the beginning of 2017.
According to the developers, these lessons will be extremely popular because
they cover the basics of high school mathematics in great detail - the basics
which many learners in the higher grades have forgotten or have never really
grasped completely. One of the reasons why people struggle with mathematics is
because of its hierarchical nature, i.e. they fall behind because of gaps in
their knowledge. This is why, when registering to use the website, all clients
get access to all the grades.
10 – 12 lessons have been available since 2012 and have proved to be extremely
useful and valuable to learners. In the words of one client: “Once again I
cannot thank you enough for your most invaluable service. Without you my
daughter would not have been able to maintain her A symbol in maths.”
10 - 12, there are also special Revision Lessons which quickly
summarise a section. These are perfect to use before a test or exam. There are
also Revision Tests which are basically mini exams with 3 different
levels: easy, medium and difficult. The program therefore caters for learners
who struggle with mathematics as well as for those who want to maintain or
improve their marks. There are also plans to add Revision lessons and tests to
grades 8 and 9.
also involved with schools, giving them the opportunity to buy subscriptions in
bulk at a reduced cost. From 2017, YCDM will add a new school facility whereby
teachers can register classes and in that way have easy access to the progress
reports of all their learners. Teachers can either use YCDM directly in the classroom
for teaching or they can use the “flipped classroom concept” where learners do
the lessons at home, and homework and discussions are done in the classroom.
for using YCDM ranges from R200 per month, if paying monthly, to as little as
R90 per month, if paying for a year in advance. Schools bulk prices are even
lower than this.
also fully available in Afrikaans.
YCDM is an excellent mathematics program, it is important for learners to
understand learning mathematics involves dedication and lots of hard work.
There are also times when facts need to be learned, so it is not only about
understanding. This is why YCDM believes that with the correct attitude and
hard work, you CAN do maths!