STEP and AEA support

MEI provides real-time online tutorials and teaching sessions in STEP and AEA Mathematics. Students can access live interactive tuition at a time and location to suit them through an online learning platform.

MEI provides guest access to STEP and AEA past paper worked solutions in Integral.


Online courses for students preparing for STEP and AEA Mathematics

Each STEP and AEA course consists of 10 fortnightly tutorials and will run from February 2016 to June 2016.

Students will be given access to a set of online resources to accompany the tutorials. To get the most from the online tutorials students are strongly encouraged to look at these resources both before and after each session as directed by their tutor. Students will also have access to dedicated forums where they can get support between the online sessions.

STEP Tutorial 1 – Questions
STEP Tutorial 1 – Hints and Reading References
STEP Tutorial 1 - Solutions

AEA Tutorial 1 – Questions
AEA Tutorial 1 – Hints and Reading References
AEA Tutorial 1 - Solutions

STEP Course

Date

Topic

Session 1

Dividing by zero

Session 2

Inequalities and proof by induction

Session 3

Systematic search or proof by exhaustion

Session 4

Necessary and sufficient conditions

Session 5

Reduction ad absurdum and irrational numbers

Session 6

Curve sketching

Session 7

General solutions of trigonometric equations

Session 8

Differential equations

Session 9

Vectors

Session 10

Applied Mathematics (Mechanics and Statistics)

AEA Course

Date

Topic

Session 1

Constructing a beautiful, coherent, concise argument: the proper use of notation.

Session 2

Using Series imaginatively

Session 3

Solving trig equations without getting too many or too few solutions.

Session 4

Co-ordinate Geometry: a use for GCSE Circle Theorems at last.

Session 5

Polynomials and Graphical Transformations

Session 6

Functions: how to make the simple look difficult.

Session 7

Vectors

Session 8

Differentiation Techniques

Session 9

Integration Techniques

Session 10

Unusual Questions: are they really hard?


How to apply

To apply for the 2017 course, download the Application Form and return it to Sam Allwood


How the tutorials are delivered

Communication between tutor and student happens via keyboard, via microphone and headset and through handwritten mathematics via a graphics tablet.

As well as doing straightforward whiteboard work and using slide presentations, through our online learning platform tutor and student can work together using any mathematics software, such as spreadsheets and graph plotters.

Comments from students who have previously taken the course (formerly organised through the Further Mathematics Network)

"STEP encouraged me to look at questions differently, keeping a close watch on similarities in question parts and looking for tricks to make the solution nicer instead of churning out endless algebra. I enjoyed exploring problems and their often surprisingly profound implications rather than just finding a number at the end."

"The questions are refreshing and remind you that with intuition and confidence, the skills learnt at A-level are applicable to much more than repetitive exam questions. Practise of questions of this style enable a wide variety of problem solving skills to be developed and enjoyed."

"I really enjoyed the lessons and felt challenged all the time.  I always felt I had achieved something every lesson, and it made me more confident in taking both STEP and AEA."


Comments from students who have been learning through an online learning platform:


"At first I thought it would be difficult to understand work learning it off a screen, but it actually helps to focus your concentration."

"The Elluminate system has allowed me to study for a course that I would not otherwise have been able to. The system is great, I have found that it can cope easily with classes of 10 to 15 students, and the microphones, whiteboard and application sharing mean the students can experience classroom style interaction with teachers and students that may be hundreds of miles away."



MEI provides guest access to STEP and AEA past paper worked solutions in Integral.