On 10 February, Fitzwilliam College students helped Maths offer holders prepare for the STEP (Sixth Term Examination Papers) paper. This is the sixth year the unique programme has been run by the College.
STEP Mathematics is a well-established examination designed to test candidates on questions that are based on A level material but are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.
Director of Studies in Mathematics, Dr Rachel Camina said: “STEP is a big hurdle for most applicants, so we offer this training day to prepare them in good enough time, and give them all a good chance of getting in. Our students help them with the maths problems as well as exam technique.”
Thirteen offer holders (six of whom were female) and two teachers attended the STEP training day from a range of schools. After an introduction and welcome from Dr Camina, Fitz students and offer holders worked together on problems in three sessions: Probability and Statistics, Pure Mathematics and Mechanics.
Applicant Olivia Moran from Newcastle College said: “It’s pretty helpful – we don’t get anything like this at College.” Flavia Giammaria from Ark Burlington Danes Academy in West London said: “It’s been very interesting and helpful – I’ve got lots of advice from the students.”
Among the Fitz students helping was third year Yuze Dong, who supervised the Pure Maths session. “I’ve enjoyed helping with the STEP supervision, and I hope this helps offer holders.” Will Manson, another third year said: “I attended the STEP course in 2014 and got in! It’s great to help other people.”
“All applicants to Cambridge, whatever their subject, need to get 2A* and an A to make their offers,” said Dr Camina. “But for Maths, we ask them to do the extra Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) Mathematics so we can pick the very best. We ask for level 1 in STEP paper 2 and 3. It's important to gain good grades in STEP to secure a place to read Maths at Fitzwilliam College.”
Good luck everyone!