Sometimes numeracy is a much bigger challenge than literacy. Indeed you may find literacy easy and numeracy very difficult/impossible or may have been diagnosed with Dyscalculia.
People who are good at numeracy and mental maths can easily picture numbers in their mind’s eye and for example times tables suddenly become a lot easier. This is a simple skill to learn when you adopt the right strategy that builds on your strengths and talents. Mental images can be used for literacy, numeracy and pictures, plus lots more applications. It is common that people have developed theirs for just pictures, pictures and letters, pictures and numbers and if you are really lucky pictures, letters, numbers and so much more. As a secondary school teacher said recently “if students have not got the basics of maths by 11, then their maths education in secondary school is just wasted”. Whatever maths system you use, mental imagery fulfills hidden skills.
Empowering Learning’s Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy programme teaches students how to develop these skills quickly and easily, they are much too important for maths to leave it to chance. Good mental imagery will help with formation of numbers, counting, number bonds, addition, times tables, remembering formulae and many many mental calculations.
One great tip, if you are muddling up x and +, use grounding to stabilise the sign on the page or as a mental image, to stop it moving about and confusing you.
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