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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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if i have any problums i will get back to you or bob ok? hope you don't mined helping me out then? send me a message before i go to bed as it is 10.42pm here and i have to get up for work at 6.30am in the morning ok?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I will be glad to help you just post the problem and I will check your work. Have a good night!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi mandy jane,

Sorry I missed you on Friday. I was out for most of the afternoon and evening setting up and doing the lighting and music for a dance show at my old school (where I used to teach). There are two more performances on Saturday ( afternoon and evening) and the music is on my laptop so I won't be able to log in to the forum then.

But I haven't forgotten you. Hope the course works out for you. I'm happy to offer on-line help with your studies. I think you will make the best progress if you can manage to log in every day. Make sure the question you want help with is clearly stated so we don't waste time asking for more details.

Oh yes, nearly forgot to say. I'm in the same time zone as you. You can set up the correct time display in your personal profile.

Hope to hear from you again soon,

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi bob bundy mandy here. Still waiting for my course work to come? it is good to hear from you. The coure eDistance Learning is in partner with Oxford Open Learning (OOL) if you have heard of this? if not go to www.ool.co.uk were you can see what i will be doing ok? any proablum get back to me and i will see what i can do for you? As soon as i get my stuff i will let you know ok? and as to what you said about i think you will make the best progress if you can manage to log in every day. I will make that my first thing i do each day before i do any think els? Got any help with how to organising my desk then? I have printing out some stuff from a web site which is http://dyslexstudyskills.group.shef.ac.uk/organising/index.html have a look and let me know what you think please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Hi Mandy,

I've had a look at OOL and I've saved the link in my 'favorites'.

And I've looked at the study skills pages. Or rather, I've listened. That sounds like a good idea. Lots on offer here, which should help you.

So, have you made a time plan, working back from the exam dates?

When I'm trying to help someone with maths I often make a diagram. I think about maths in diagrams quite a bit so it certainly helps me. What do you think about diagrams?

While you are waiting for the coursework, why not write down a few topics that you find difficult and post back to me here. I'll see if I can get you started on the road to understanding them.

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob bundy. I fined diagrams good as well? can you show me how to do a time plan as not good at doing this? can you do it in a diagram please? I still have truble with fraction? Send me a message as soon as you can please?

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi bob bundy hope the weather is good over there? it is fine here?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy,

The Sun is shining; it's a bit cold but it will warm up as the day progresses.

Fractions? Ok. I like to do diagrams for fractions.

I think you need to be able to :

A) say when two fractions are the same

B) find a fraction of something eg. what is the VAT on a purchase costing £40 ?

C) change between fractions, decimals and percentages.

D) add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions

I'll start with A) say when two fractions are the same.

Look at my diagram below.

One quarter is yellow and this is the same as shading 3 parts out of 12.

One third is yellow and this is the same as 4 parts out of 12.

Always make a picture like this, so you understand how much a fraction is.

Have you got some paper with centimetre squares on it?

(It'll be worth getting some as you can use it for lots of maths, not just fractions)

Draw 6 rectangles the same size. Make them 4 cm by 3 cm.

Shade to show the following fractions.

Now look at how much is shaded in each answer.

Write down which fractions are the same. eg 1/2 = 3/6

Post back to me as many as you can find.

Good luck!

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi bob thanks for the fraction i will do them and send you my answers tomorrow ok? can you show me how to do a time plane please? as i am not sure how to do one? like now please

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy,

Get a calendar.

Put a big "EXAM TODAY" in the days when you have exams.

Count up how many days from now until then.

Now you know how close the exams are. (eeekkk!)

Try to set aside some time every day for studying.

Decide how much time you can spend each day.

Write in how much you actually do at the end of each day.

If it is less than you should have done, make up for it the next day by doing more. There are bound to be days when you just cannot spend the right amount of time, but try to keep up the average.

Make a list of all the topics you must get good at.

Share out the list amongst the days you have left, so you can see that, if you keep to the plan, you will complete the list in time.

Plan also to try past exam papers. One per week would be good. If I know what paper you have done and you post your answers here, I can do two things for you:

(i) tell you roughly what grade you would get if that was the real thing,

(ii) give some help with the bits you got wrong / couldn't do.

If you keep that up, you will gradually see your grade improving, I'm sure.

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob here are my answeres to the fraction queention then?

(1) 1/2 = 3/6

(2) 6/12 = 1/2

(3) 2/6 = 1

(4) 3/6 = 1/2

(5) 3/4 = 1

(6) 9/12 = 3/4

can you tell me if thay are right or not? send message now please?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi MJ

3 and 5 are incorrect.Did you try drawing the fractions?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob

(3) is 26 = don't know

(5) is 3/4 = 9/12

are they right? tell me now?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi MJ

I am not bob.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi anonimnystefy mj here can you show me what 2/6 look like in a diagram please then? was number 5 right or not?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi MJ

You should wait for bob if you wanta diagram and yes,you 5 ahould be right now

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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thank's anoimnystefy for your help with fractions. It is mj here just wondered how good you are with maths and if i can ask you for help with my gcse maths or not/ send message back now and let me know please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy

I'm on line now, so stay on if you can and we can go through these.

I'll just start checking them. It is 4.08 pm so give me five minutes

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob do you know anyone called anomimstefy as they have sent me a message about my maths ok? let me know please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy

(1) 1/2 = 3/6

This is correct.

(2) 6/12 = 1/2

Also correct.

So you could make a longer chain of equal fractions:

1/2 = 3/6 = 6/12

(3) 2/6 = 1

Not correct. '1' would mean the whole rectangle. 2/6 means just 2 squares out of 6 squares.

(4) 3/6 = 1/2

Correct. But this is just number (1) again, written the other way round.

(5) 3/4 = 1

Not correct. 3 squares out of 4 cannot be the same as 1 whole shape.

(6) 9/12 = 3/4

Correct.

So 4 right out of 6. Good start!

Then you changed number 5 to

(5) is 3/4 = 9/12

Correct!

So now you have only one mistake.

But there is not a fraction that is the same as 2/6 in the ones I gave you. Sorry, I wasn't trying to trick you. I wanted you to think about what is equal and only put those.

There's a diagram for 2/6 below.

Then would you like some more questions?

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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mandy jane wrote:

thank's anoimnystefy for your help with fractions. It is mj here just wondered how good you are with maths and if i can ask you for help with my gcse maths or not/ send message back now and let me know please?

Sure,if I have time.I have to study as well.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Yes I know anonimnystefy. He is a good friend and is happy to help you too.

You have to remember, when you post to the forum, all forum members can read your post.

Sometimes others want to help too.

Bob

ps. You'll know it is me posting because of my red rotating pentagon/star picture under my name.

anonimnystefy has a snail as his picture. It is his little joke because he likes snails.

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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yes can i have some more question please?

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi anonimnystefy just wondered what you are studying then from mj ok?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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OK. More questions coming up.

Draw rectangles that are **6 cm by 4 cm** this time.

Here are some fractions.

Show each fraction on a new diagram.

Write down which fractions are equal. Try to find as many as you can.

I have put some that are **not equal** to any others.

Now try to find some more fractions, not in my lists, that are equal to those in the lists.

eg. 6/12 is not in my lists but 6/12 = 1/2

You can also click here

http://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions-menu.html

and try the fractions questions made by MathsIsFun and his team.

Bob

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