Mar 062013

Why use mathematics approach assessments?

Mathematics is one of the most essential subjects studied for University entrance and some studies have shown it to be the best predictor of later success in any field of tertiary study.  Mathematics is also one of the most commonly struggled with subjects at school, partially due to a lack of understanding of student’s unique approaches to mathematics. The decision to change to Mathematics Literacy is a life changing one, excluding many students from degrees such as BComm’s and other fields – not a decision to be taken lightly.

A mathematics approach assessment can assist students and teachers at a variety of schooling levels in understanding their mathematical approaches better.

This assessment is best in conjunction with teacher input and adaptation of learning methods. All students take a different ‘approach’ to solving mathematical problems and have different levels of aptitude for the subject. An understanding of these approaches, in combination with aptitude assessments, can assist in finding the root cause of ‘difficulties’ in mathematics or allow well performing students to perform even better! The results of these assessments can be used to facilitate appropriate referrals to specialists, guiding remedial education programmes, adjustment of teacher styles to ensure optimal development of students or even self-motivated improvement!

You can make the decision to improve and understand your mathematics learning style better and do the degree you really want!

Mar 062013

Whether a student is struggling in school or simply wants to do even better, study skills and learning styles assessments can be invaluable.

Often students, and even parents or teachers, are not aware of certain key study skills students may be lacking in. MindWise assesses study skills through self-report questionnaires. Answers provide a framework for understanding certain areas and habits which may need improvement. Understanding study skills strengths and weaknesses allows students to take full advantage of their current skills and improve on skills they may be lacking in. The end result: more self-knowledge and more understanding leading to better performance.

Study skills are not innate and can be improved and refined with appropriate knowledge and guidance – taking a study skills assessment is the very first step!

Learning styles are the processes by which individuals prefer to learn and how they prefer to process information. Although each person has a ‘learning style preference’, studies have shown that use of all learning styles in conjunction with one another has the most beneficial effect. Knowledge of one’s own learning style is essential for the student to adapt to the learning environment provided by the teacher, which is not always compatible with the innate learning style of the student. By understanding all the learning styles and one’s own preferences, one can adapt one’s learning to increase effectiveness in the classroom.


Mar 062013

Deciding on a career, tertiary study path or selection of subjects for high school are not easy decisions. Career guidance and subject choice assessments are designed to assist students – you don’t have to decide alone.

Such decisions should be informed, well researched and suited to the individual in order to give the best chance of success and happiness.

Career guidance utilises a group of assessments which assist in helping individuals know themselves and their abilities in order to make informed career and subject choice decisions.

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Our comprehensive, custom written report is based on several assessments are used to provide a powerful picture of the individual:

  • Personality assessments provide an understanding of who the individual is and what they may prefer. For example, do you prefer to work with others or alone? How do you prefer to look at the world? There is no right or wrong personality, but some personalities are better suited to certain jobs than others.
  • Interest assessments provide a broad overview of the person’s interests at that time. Although interests often change with age, the broad categories of interest are often relatively stable.
  • Aptitude assessments provide an indication of academic strengths and weaknesses. Some are better at working with numbers whilst others prefer verbal material. An understanding of an individual’s aptitude is essential for choosing a productive and enjoyable career path.
  • Thinking preferences allow the individual to understand his/her preferences in terms of detail, environment, interactions, future orientation and more.

Once we understand these aspects, MindWise can assist in suggesting careers and subjects which may be suited to that particular students – sometimes providing new and exciting ideas which students may not have yet considered. Careers assessment let students make the most informed choices possible to better their chances of a focused future.