The MSPW are running two courses on problem solving aimed at students aspiring to study STEM related subjects at top universities. Problem solving, the ability to tackle problems for which the solution method is not immediately clear, is a key part of mathematics. Good problem solvers, in addition to conceptual understanding and procedural fluency, need to develop other skills and attitudes: mathematical thinking to form and adapt plans of attack; keeping confident, when stuck, in their own ability to make progress; a memory of solutions to other problems that may be helpful. These courses will help dedicated students acquire these resources. 

Students taking either of these courses will increase their abilities and acquire a greater appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics; be better prepared for any university problem-oriented mathematics entry papers (AEA, MAT, PAT, STEP, TMUA); and be better prepared for learning and using new mathematics at university. The two courses are: 

Year 13 Preparing for STEP

The Year 13 Preparing for STEP course will be built around the STEP II and STEP III modules provided by the STEP support programme. 

WhoYear 13
WhenFace-to-face sessions 2024-2025 16 November and 14 December 10:00-13:00 Rooms to be confirmed
Swansea University Faraday, Singleton Campus, Swansea
Cardiff University Abacws, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff CF24 4AG 
Bangor University , Welsh for Adults Centre, Dean Street, Bangor LL57 1UT
Wrexham University Mold Rd, Wrexham LL11 2AW
16 online session on Tuesdays 6pm to 7pm–  1.10.24, 8.10.24, 15.10.24, 22.10.24, 5.11.24, 26.11.24, 3.12.24,, 21.1.25, 28.1.25, 4.2.25, 11.2.25, 18.2.25, 4.3.25, 11.3.25, 18.3.25
HowFace-to-face session at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and
Wrexham Glyndŵr University and 16 sessions online on Teams
To bookStudents are required to register here to receive access to these courses:

The format of the course will be a one hour online debrief on the previous week’s problems, drawing out any key learning points, and providing encouragement for students. Students will be expected to be self-motivated, take charge of their learning, and work on the problems between sessions  ̶  in fact, this is the essential part of both courses.

All sessions will be recorded and made available anonymised to registered participants. All sessions will be English medium, but there will be support for those who study through the medium of Welsh.  Any queries email