Problem Solving at the core of STEP Maths
STEP Maths provide an immersion into mathematical thinking and problem solving, working with like-minded students with different ways of approaching problems and being supported and guided by experienced tutors are just some of the benefits of attending a STEP Maths course. As the STEP Maths courses have been created and planned by qualified teachers, with pedagogical theory in mind, students are able to thrive under their instruction.
For students applying to Oxford, or other universities not needing STEP Maths, there is a tendency to think that simply looking at Oxford MAT papers and questions is sufficient. We don’t agree – at STEP Maths, we believe that ANY problem solving practice will be beneficial to all students. In particular, there is a degree of overlap between MAT and STEP I, and so we encourage students taking MAT to improve their problem solving skills holistically, by tackling all sorts of questions including those in MAT, STEP, AEA and Interview style questions.
It is prolonged exposure to, and the willingness to persevere through tough problems that builds the problem solving brain, which will help any student applying for a Mathematics, Engineering, Natural Sciences or Computer Science Course at a top university in the UK, or indeed anywhere in the world.