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Exercising mental agility

When Tony found our online tool via MoneySavingExpert he realised he needed to exercise his mind muscles if he was to get the Essentials of Numeracy.

What was your inspiration to improve your number skills?

I first saw a numbers quiz through a link on the MoneySavingExpert website, it was a bit of a taster quiz. It was quite clever because I got a lot of the questions wrong and it made me want to try and put it right, which is why I registered for the online tool, the National Numeracy Challenge.


Are you a numbers person?

Maths is often considered a 'taboo' subject because it often makes people nervous or apprehensive. I guess a lot of people, including me, would have backed away from this topic wherever possible. However, I found that by just trying different questions using the Challenge tool, slowly but surely, at my own comfortable pace (with no pressure), then it gradually started to make sense. Anyone can do it if you give yourself a chance.

And my top tip besides using all of the resources within the website is to really read the question properly. I found that apart from my initial lack of knowledge the other major stumbling block was not to read the question carefully, I lost count of the times that I did that, but got it right in the end!


What next?

Using the Challenge tool was the perfect way for me to refresh my number skills after many years of not doing both simple and harder maths. I think that it's like doing exercise, if you don't do it for a long time it's hard when you start again, and it's the same for maths.

I have to be honest though and admit that it did take me three attempts before I got to my desired level, but it was well worth it and I am really pleased to have done it.

I do intend to do it again from time to time to refresh my knowledge and keep on top of the learning process.

I think that it's like doing exercise, if you don't do it for a long time it's hard when you start again, and it's the same for maths."
Test your everyday maths skills with our range of learning quizzes, puzzles and problems and find out if you've got the Essentials of Numeracy.

Test your everyday maths skills with our range of learning quizzes, puzzles and problems and find out if you've got the Essentials of Numeracy.

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