Current STEP Maths Prep Courses & MAT Prep Courses

Oxford PAT Physics Summer School

Testimonial

“It was a reassuring guide to understanding step questions that my school has been unable to explain in a definitive way. Being around like-minded students who are interested in and excited about maths is a nice change from school, and also showed me that maths is the subject I would like to study. All three teachers were extremely helpful, as well as useful for explaining some concepts from different perspectives and with different approaches. The three days were well organised, friendly, and informative and fun.”

Syrie G-P

Physics (PAT, ENGAA, NSAA) Summer School

  • Calculate the characteristics of any combination of resistors and capacitors
  • Determine and draw complex behaviour in accelerated particles
  • Simplify any physical situation by considering work and energy
  • Analyse any mechanical system using thermodynamics
  • Combine concrete circuits and abstract conservation laws to handle electrical energy and power

Prerequisites:

Suitable for Year 12 students who are thinking of studying Physics, Engineering or Natural Sciences at university. Need to have studied AS Physics or equivalent to gain the maximum benefit from this course.

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If you are planning to apply to a Physical Science Course next year, be it Physics, Engineering, Natural Sciences or any related course, there is a high probability that you will be asked to sit a test this November.

 

The test could be the PAT, ENGAA or NSAA, depending on which university you are applying to.

 

The universities explicitly state that the topics covered by these tests may not yet have been taught in schools. Moreover, university interviewers can choose to ask questions on any topic, so it is wise to be familiar with the theory of numerous topics.

 

And so, our Physics Summer School aims to bring you up to scratch with all of the commonly occurring topics that could be examined through tests, or more importantly at interview.

 

We will spend three days reinforcing familiar material through unfamiliar problem-style extension questions and we will introduce some new topics so that you can improve your understanding before tackling past exam questions. The sessions will be conducted in an interactive workshop style with plenty of opportunity for discussion and to ask questions.

 

This is a 5-star rated course and all students who attended previously thoroughly enjoyed it and said that it served as a “great boost” to their admissions test preparation.

 

So don’t delay as places are strictly limited.

 

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Testimonial

“It was a reassuring guide to understanding step questions that my school has been unable to explain in a definitive way. Being around like-minded students who are interested in and excited about maths is a nice change from school, and also showed me that maths is the subject I would like to study. All three teachers were extremely helpful, as well as useful for explaining some concepts from different perspectives and with different approaches. The three days were well organised, friendly, and informative and fun.”

Syrie G-P

MAT & STEP Prep Maths Summer School

  • Learn how to plan for and present all of the most essential kinds of proof
  • Examine the subtlest aspects of manipulating inequalities
  • Perfect your understanding of necessary and sufficient conditions
  • Analyse unfamiliar graphs with symmetry tricks
  • Master the art of dividing problems by cases

Prerequisites:

Suitable for Year 12 students who are thinking of studying Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or Natural Sciences at university. Need to have studied the equivalent of C1 and C2.

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If you have your sights set on a mathematics degree at a top university, you are likely to have to take at either the Oxford MAT exam or a STEP exam next summer.

Covering all A-level material, but requiring problem-solving abilities of a similar or even superior level to undergraduate courses, these papers require extensive preparation and an unshakeable grasp of mathematical fundamentals.

At STEP Maths, we seek to aid students in preparing themselves for this challenge with courses that centre around attacking real STEP questions and teaching problem-solving techniques. Students will practise answering questions alone and in groups, with full support from our experienced tutors at all stages and with fully explained solutions presented for each problem.

In our Summer course, we are particularly focused on proof techniques and the logical analysis of questions, which are tested much more severely in MAT, STEP and at university than by A-level mathematics.

This course is also suitable for you if you are thinking of sitting the TMUA (Test of Mathematics for University Admissions).

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 June Mock Day! STEP I or STEP III!

Strictly Limited Spaces

  • Share your most challenging questions with us to receive personalised help after the mock
  • Discuss your difficulties and hang-ups with our tutors one-to-one.
  • Challenge yourself to complete a full mock paper.
  • Receive full marking and grading of your mock exam.
  • Leave with full video solutions to all of the 2015 / 2016 Papers, depending on which Mock Day you attend.
f you are planning to apply to a Physical Science Course next year, be it Physics, Engineering, Natural Sciences or any related course, there is a high probability that you will be asked to sit a test this November.
The test could be the PAT, ENGAA or NSAA, depending on which university you are applying to.
The universities explicitly state that the topics covered by these tests may not yet have been taught in schools. Moreover, university interviewers can choose to ask questions on any topic, so it is wise to be familiar with the theory of numerous topics.
And so, our Physics Summer School aims to bring you up to scratch with all of the commonly occurring topics that could be examined through tests, or more importantly at interview.
We will spend three days reinforcing familiar material through unfamiliar problem-style extension questions and we will introduce some new topics so that you can improve your understanding before tackling past exam questions. The sessions will be conducted in an interactive workshop style with plenty of opportunity for discussion and to ask questions.
This is a 5-star rated course and all students who attended previously thoroughly enjoyed it and said that it served as a “great boost” to their admissions test preparation.
So don’t delay as places are strictly limited.
See you soon!
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Testimonial

I wanted to first thank you for the great course! It was very well organised and the question book is really, really fantastic. I am impressed with the fact that as questions popped up in my mind while reading thorough the STEP booklet which contained lots of great questions, the answers always followed. Very nice!

Sithari A

I really enjoyed having a three day period completely allocated to STEP and the ability to get help from experienced mentors on questions, whether is was just provoking thought to help us start questions or showing us completely new techniques. One to one help was often given despite the quite large number of students at this particular course. Group work was also enjoyable, as I was able to discuss my solutions or approaches with like minded people who would often have their own creative approaches that I was able to appreciate and learn from. Overall, the course was very useful in improving my mathematics in all areas, not just for STEP and I am looking forward to attending the next course in February.

Aadil K

Missed out on our October Courses in London?
Check out our London Courses!

October Half Term STEP Course

  • STEP Questions covering the following topics:
  • Differentiation including the chain, product and quotient rules
  • Polynomials and their properties including multivariable polynomials
  • Graph sketching including sketching complicated composite functions
  • Advanced trigonometric identities

Prerequisites:

Suitable for students in Year 13 who will have studied C3 trigonometry and differentiation by October Half Term

If you are taking any of the STEP papers, or even if you simply want to improve your problem-solving ability in preparation for your university career, our courses will provide you with a unique opportunity to practise and analyse STEP questions with support from other students and professional tutors.

It is foundational to our approach that, no matter how forbidding the papers may first look, and how disparate the questions, there are common themes and broadly-useful techniques that can be taught and repeatedly applied to them.

Given that STEP questions to some extent reflect the expectations of university-level mathematics, exposure to the concepts and examples we teach also amounts to useful preparation for first-year undergraduate mathematics.

We look to provide insights above and beyond those you would gain from simply working through the questions alone – while you will always be allowed time to tackle questions or parts of questions by yourself, we will provide support at every step and fully explain a solution to each question, or perhaps several solutions and their different merits.

You will learn how to know what a question expects of you, what the different available techniques are, and what common pitfalls to avoid. We further establish a special focus on each area of the A-level syllabus as year-13 students first cover it, with the spotlight currently being on trigonometry and differentiation.

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Testimonial

“Good preparation course with plenty of opportunity to practice STEP questions and experienced tutors willing to help 1 to 1 if required. Covered most frequently occurring STEP 3 topics and I would recommend this to anyone planning to take STEP 3, as you are guaranteed to get something out of it.”

“The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the STEP Maths Courses provide elegant worked through solutions by various methods and provide very useful help on questions when necessary. They break down questions so that they are easier to tackle and provide starter questions to get the students looking for the right methods to tackle a problem. I have learnt several mathematical techniques to help tackle the questions on the paper and have improved bits of my understanding of mathematical concepts that I was already familiar with as well. It has also been nice to meet and work with fellow mathematicians who will most likely be attending similar universities to me. This is particularly encouraging because you get the chance to meet people who are going to have to sit the same difficult exam as you.”

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Easter STEP III Preparation Course (2017)

  • Develop a deep familiarity with complex numbers and the geometry of the complex plane
  • Perfect your understanding of polar coordinates
  • Become an expert at manipulating hyperbolic functions
  • Challenge yourself with the mechanics of recurrence relationships
  • Explore Advanced Integration Problems

Prerequisites:

Suitable for students in Year 13 who are studying Further Maths.

By now, you may well have been presented by a university with an offer that includes at least one STEP paper. You will also be past the halfway point of your A-level career, and you should be developing an awareness of how many new and difficult parts of the A-level syllabus there are for the STEP examiners to test you on.

In other words, things are getting serious: a challenge has been thrown at your feet, and the time to prepare for it is running out. Our long-running STEP Prep course is ready to get serious with you. Its next instalment is focused on helping you get a firm grip on the hardest parts of the A-level syllabus and their application in some of the hardest STEP questions we can find.

As usual, you will have a chance to work through specially-selected questions, both individually and in cooperation with some of your fellow applicants, with full solutions then presented for each question. However, this time we will also provide short introductions to some background theory that will deepen your understanding and experience of the material and give you some insight into what you will face at university.

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Testimonial

“It was great to work with other people to tackle STEP questions and to learn tricks from the teachers to speed up the answering of STEP questions. Would definitely recommend :)”

“I enjoyed the course and it’s focus on specific topics within the STEP papers. It encourages us to work together and bounce our ideas of one another. The teachers were helpful, teaching us altogether but then coming around to help us individually when we were working on the questions. It made me a lot more familiar and confident about some of the topics within the papers. I would definitely recommend it to anyway who is uncertain about the STEP papers and who wants to work with others who are in the same position. “

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February Half Term STEP Course (2017)

  • Master integration by parts and by substitution
  • Explore the use of integrals in calculating volumes and probabilities
  • Develop a refined and expanded understanding of differential equations
  • Learn to exploit trigonometric identities with speed and efficiency
  • Gain a command over vectors and vector geometry

Prerequisites:

Suitable for students in Year 13 who will have studied C4 Vectors and Integration by February Half Term.

By now, you may well have been presented by a university with an offer that includes at least one STEP paper. You will also be past the halfway point of your A-level career, and you should be developing an awareness of how many new and difficult parts of the A-level syllabus there are for the STEP examiners to test you on.

In other words, things are getting serious: a challenge has been thrown at your feet, and the time to prepare for it is running out. Our long-running STEP Prep course is ready to get serious with you. Its next instalment is focused on helping you get a firm grip on the hardest parts of the A-level syllabus and their application in some of the hardest STEP questions we can find.

As usual, you will have a chance to work through specially-selected questions, both individually and in cooperation with some of your fellow applicants, with full solutions then presented for each question. However, this time we will also provide short introductions to some background theory that will deepen your understanding and experience of the material and give you some insight into what you will face at university.

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Past STEP and MAT Courses

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The depth the presenters went to in their explanations helped me understand the questions a lot better.

Jamie R

The student to teacher ratio was great, there was always someone to ask and the paired work/mini whiteboards helped us understand the slightly longer questions.

Alfi M-S

MAT Long Questions Course

  • Sketch and analyse bizarre new functions, or construct them yourself
  • Handle polynomials of any order
  • Master intricate rule-following questions
  • Learn to adjust every parameter and anticipate the consequences
  • Count and classify new abstract objects, possible and impossible

Prerequisites:

Suitable for students who have studied AS Mathematics or Additional Mathematics Free Standing Qualification

Following up our popular course on the rapid-fire short maths questions from MAT and PAT papers, we present a similar course targeted at the longer questions in the MAT.

In MAT in particular, the long questions are unlike anything you will see at A-level and will require practice at logical reasoning, understanding abstract definitions, and writing clear and incisive proofs. These are all skills highly prized by universities and should prove useful beyond these entrance exams, including at interview and in preparing for your career as an undergraduate.

Working with partners, you will learn by practice how to approach abstract questions and present your thinking in a way that others can understand, while our tutors will present model solutions detailing how the examiners hope for their best candidates to think and write.

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Past STEP Maths and MAT Courses

Testimonial

“I found it really useful to have individual 1-1 attention, especially when trying to understand questions I was stuck on previously. The mini white boards and traffic light system meant that if you were stuck, or didn’t get a particular question, someone could know to help you out. I found the course useful overall and would definitely recommend it.”

Mathilda Weston

“For anyone that is interesting in taking the MAT, this is the most helpful form of revision for it I have experienced.”

Syrie Gwyn Palmer

MAT and Maths for PAT

Part 1

  • Become familiar with the short multiple choice questions from MAT
  • PAT questions from the Mathematics Section
  • Learn how to justify and infer logical statements
  • Learn how to sketch unfamiliar graphs – frequently asked in MAT, PAT and interviews
  • Manage higher order polynomials and use inequalities and estimates to answer questions

Prerequisites and further information:

Suitable for Year 12 students who are thinking of studying Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or Natural Sciences at university. Need to have studied the equivalent of C1 and C2.

Further Information about the MAT/PAT Maths Course

A decent MAT or PAT exam score can change your life, so you can never be excessively prepared for it. In any case, regardless of the number of hours you spend on past papers, working through the material all alone can only get you so far. Passing your A-levels would be considerably more troublesome if you had no teacher and had to learn by simply doing past paper practice. The same applies when getting ready for the MAT paper – having a teacher to clarify the question’s peculiarities, the distinct methods needed for it and the quickest route to the solution has a huge impact.
Our one-day MAT/PAT Preparation Course will give you the chance to figure out how best to approach relatively short Maths questions, led by two recent first class Oxford graduates who have experience of working in top schools. We will advance through a progression of unique questions produced by STEP Maths. They have been created to acquaint you with and hone in on methods applicable to the MAT paper, sprinkled with older Oxford entrance questions that you may not have seen before. You will have an opportunity to first attempt the material alone or in small groups, with clarifications and individual help accessible at every stage. The material and format are, most importantly, planned to give you new insights into the questions and to caution you as to the common pitfalls, without simply practising past questions you may well have utilized in your own study.
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April STEP Maths Taster Day! (Sold out)

4th April 2015

Content: suitable for Year 12 students who are thinking of studying Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or Natural Sciences at university. Ned to have studied the equivalent of C1 and C2.

Timings: 10:15 am to 4pm

Location: Marylebone, London, UK. (The exact address will be provided upon registration)

Price: £50 if booked before March 25th 2016; £129 thereafter.

 

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Topics covered:

  • Come face-to-face with Cambridge University’s STEP exams
  • Unpick past questions and learn the tricks to answering them
  • Master the details of polynomials and other common functions
  • Learn to adapt to novel functions and constructions on the fly
  • Receive one-to-one attention and guidance from our STEP tutors

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As you look more deeply into the possibility of applying for a Mathematics or related degree, you may well have come across mention of the STEP Maths exams – a series of additional papers that many top universities require their applicants for mathematics and related degrees to take. While the papers are notorious for their difficulty and the preparation they require, here at STEP Maths, we specialise in introducing A-level students to them in a relaxed but intellectually-challenging way. Our method is to guide you through answering past questions, both as individuals and in cooperation with other students. One-to-one help is provided for each question by our experienced tutors, who also present model solutions and relevant background information. We look to focus your attention on mathematical details that STEP Maths often dwells on, but which A-level questions may pass over, and to demonstrate how to spot potential approaches or problems in each question as you read it. Our overriding aim is to give you confidence in the level of mathematics required that will support you through the application process, then through the STEP Maths exams themselves, and well into your early years at university.

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Easter STEP III Course

***DATE CHANGE***

Date: 30th March – 1st April 2016

Content: suitable for students who are interested in sitting STEP III or want to extend themselves for undergraduate Mathematics. Includes content from Further Mathematics A-level.

Timings: 10:15 am to 4pm

Location: Marylebone, London, UK. (The exact address will be provided upon registration)

Price: £229 if booked before January 28th 2016; £259 if booked before March 10th 2016 and £359 thereafter.

Topics covered:

-Develop a deep familiarity with complex numbers and the geometry of the complex plane -Perfect your understanding of polar coordinates -Become an expert at manipulating hyperbolic functions -Challenge yourself with the mechanics of stretched and rotating bodies -Grow assured with the use of arbitrary probability generating functions and their moments

Our popular STEP course returns, but this time harder and meaner, as befits the challenge we aim to help you overcome.  Hopefully, you will have grown more confident with STEP questions through exposure and practice, but you will also have noticed the gulf in difficulty between the STEP III paper and the other two. Our goal is to help you bridge that gulf and to master the final and most challenging obstacle to achieving your Cambridge offer. We promise to confront you with uncompromisingly difficult questions, yet also to make sure you get out the other side with a full understanding of the principles behind each one and the tools that make it answerable. We will cover a variety of topics that are unique to STEP III and that constitute the most common stumbling blocks for candidates. Along the way, we will explore some deeper aspects of the material that you will not have seen in your A-level classes. During the course, you will have the chance to learn from and alongside your fellow Cambridge applicants (who are quite possibly to be your friends and colleagues throughout your university career).

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FAQs

We would love you to attend our course, even if you are in the year below or above. The one thing we would advise is that you are happy with the topics or modules which are prerequisites for the course, so that you are able to keep up with the pace. Other than that, there are no restrictions!
Currently, our courses are only open to students. To express an interest in teacher courses, please email us at info@stepmaths.co.uk. This way, we can inform you if we do start teacher training courses.
Unfortunately, we do not release exact course dates until roughly 2 months before any planned course. The best way to keep updated about all our courses and events is via the mailing list. (Sign up to our mailing list using the form below)

If you are wanting to study Maths or a related subject at university, we strongly feel there is huge benefit in attempting STEP and MAT papers. The richness and depth of the questions will exercise your problem solving muscles, excellent preparation for the world of undergraduate study. Many students who didn’t need the STEP paper but took it anyway, felt that it boosted their confidence and performance in their first year at university.

Given the different style and significantly more challenging nature of STEP, MAT and AEA questions, you may feel that getting help from one of our highly experienced Maths Tutors will allow you to maximise the benefit you get out of this extra study.

After registering for a course, you should receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive one within 24 hours, please email info@stepmaths.co.uk, so that a member of the STEP Maths Team can investigate and confirm that you registration has come through.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it gave me much more confidence in tackling STEP questions, as well as making me realise that they are quite fun! The teaching was very clear and I particularly liked that we got to see a variety of different solutions. The balance between working as a big group and working in pairs/ individual was just right. It was also great to meet lots of other mathematicians!”
Alessandra Lythall
“The individual attention everyone receives to help improve out problem solving skills is fantastic, and working together with other people improved our communication skills, as well as our maths.”
Tommy Soppitt - Bristol Grammar School