Amidst the debate over poor Leaving Certificate mathematics results, Galway's new Fox Tutorial Centre vows to make maths fun for its students, and still get positive results.
"The problem with Leaving Certificate mathematics is that it requires understanding and practice, and average classroom conditions don't allow for this," states co-director and mathematics teacher, Valerie Fox.
"High class numbers and mixed abilities mean that teachers must cater to the core group, which leaves those needing extra attention to their own devices.
"Understanding the question and what exactly is being asked is vital to success. The availability of mock exams will provide an exam setting, eliminating the effects of the exam fright.
"We take a holistic approach to teaching, and are capping classes at 12 students to ensure student-teacher interaction. In this way, a complex subject like mathematics can be tackled in detail and made enjoyable."
Continual assessments at the Fox Tutorial Centre provide a forum for both student and teacher to assess performance and identify where further work is needed. These assessments are of exam standard and give a good indication of ability.
Website class notes support teaching, enabling students to bring questions and issues to class in advance.
"We believe that our high attention to performance will improve the student's ability to succeed," states Ms Fox. The Mayor of Galway City Padraig Conneely officially opens Fox Tutorial Centre next Monday, September 22, the centre's first day of term.