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2.1

Introduction to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2. We hope that you are looking forward to the next part of this course.

We spent last week examining numeracy in the context of everyday life, the workplace and employers’ numeracy testing.

You gained an appreciation of how much you use numbers in everyday life. We spent some time looking at the rationale behind psychometric testing. We looked at the areas of mathematics that are included under the term numeracy and how these might crop up in numeracy test questions. You revised topics like how to use a calculator in readiness for this week.

During this week we are going to revisit all the areas of numeracy that we explored last week and will refresh your numerical skills. By the end of the week we will have covered basic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will have looked at fractions, decimals, and percentages and how to switch from one to the other. Percentages are commonly used so there are three steps covering this topic. You will have covered calculations of ratio and proportion and conversions from one unit to another and specifically currency conversions.

Each step will refresh the skills that you need in the context of numeracy questions with worked examples similar to those you may meet. Following each topic, there will be a quiz with examples of increasing difficulty so that you can check your understanding. The quiz feedback contains solutions so you can explore the approach that we have used. The questions are designed to develop your skills in reading questions accurately.

If you are struggling with any area, there will be many links to additional resources where topics are explained in detail. Do not worry if it is taking you longer than some learners to complete the steps. The materials will remain online after the end of the course.

This course is aimed at two groups of people - those who wish to improve their numeracy skills generally and those who are preparing for numeracy tests as part of the application process for further education or employment. Through a slow pace, building step by step, this week covers various aspects of numeracy, with the aim at each stage of increasing your skill level and your confidence.

Later this week, you will have the opportunity to hear from Michele Zala, a Careers Consultant from the Careers and Employability Centre at Loughborough University. Michele is currently a careers adviser for Business, Economics, Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering students and explains why companies use psychometric testing, where mathematics is needed in various careers and how you can prepare for employers’ tests.

By the end of this week, you should have a good understanding of numeracy skills that you will need. If you have taken all the quizzes, you will already have had considerable practice in the application of these skills and in the context of numeracy questions.

Please let us know how you are finding the course materials in the end of week discussion. If you are having difficulties, please post your queries. If you are able to help another learner, please post your suggestions.

We hope that you will enjoy the material provided for you this week.