A mentor writes:
When I was asked to take part in the mentoring scheme, I was both excited and nervous. I had memories of the questions as particularly fearsome, and I was afraid that even returning to them four years later, I would be unable to answer any of them. Luckily, I spent some enjoyable afternoons of procrastination on the questions during half term, and was able to meet my mentee, Amy, with a clear conscience. I mapped out a quick plan of the topics related to each of the questions, as several of them were made much easier by a knowledge of niche maths tricks beyond the syllabus. I am not great at explaining ideas, but my mentee caught on quickly to the basics of modular arithmetic, and I hope to pass on lots more maths hacks over the next month. I am already enjoying the excuse to do some maths for fun, and am looking forward to seeing Amy outstrip me in ability at these problems
A mentee writes:
I have been finding the Supermentoring scheme a great experience as my mentor teaches me shortcuts and various useful methods in which I can solve difficult problems. My mentor and I go through intermediate maths challenge papers and work through them thoroughly and find solutions together and separately. As well as giving me a chance to improve my mathematical skills it’s a great opportunity to interact with the older years. I am very glad that this scheme was set up and hope it will be introduced to lower years as well.