A 3-day STEPMaths Preparation Course for students sitting MAT or similar exams for entry to Oxford, Durham, Warwick, Imperial College. Comprises our 1-day MAT Long Questions Course followed by another 2 days of MAT-level problem solving practice. Takes place in October.
On the first day, following up our popular course on the rapid-fire short maths questions from MAT papers, we present a similar course targeted at the longer questions in the MAT.
In MAT in particular, the long questions are unlike anything you will see at A-level and will require practice at logical reasoning, understanding abstract definitions, and writing clear and incisive proofs. These are all skills highly prized by universities and should prove useful beyond these entrance exams, including at interview and in preparing for your career as an undergraduate.
Working with partners, you will learn by practice how to approach abstract questions and present your thinking in a way that others can understand, while our tutors will present model solutions detailing how the examiners hope for their best candidates to think and write.
In the remaining two days, this Extended Course will focus on challenging but relevant questions from STEP and MAT papers, exposing students to a variety of different problems and styles of Maths question.The STEP portion of the Extended Course will help students preparing for MAT to practise problem solving at the correct level, and at an even harder level than they need, so that the real exam feels easy.
Includes all content from MAT Long Questions Course (1st day):
- Sketch and analyse bizarre new functions, or construct them yourself
- Handle polynomials of any order
Master intricate rule-following questions
Learn to adjust every parameter and anticipate the consequences
Count and classify new abstract objects, possible and impossible
Plus (2nd and 3rd days):
- Use relevant STEP Questions to deepen your understanding of polynomials and multivariate functions
- Master graph sketching through the use of problem style questions from multiple sources including STEP
- Gain greater fluency with advanced trig identities and problem solving with the chain, product and quotient rules.
“For anyone that is interesting in taking the MAT, this is the most helpful form of revision for it I have experienced.”
Syrie Gwyn Palmer