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Chambers Adult Learners' Guide to Numeracy [Paperback]

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27 April 2007

Chambers Adult Learners' Guide to Numeracy is a completely new book aimed at adults who lack confidence in their numeracy skills. The book provides users with an understanding of the key concepts and methods, then applies them in real-world situations such as calculating distances or working out interest payments. The two-colour text is clearly and spaciously laid out, and plentiful examples, diagrams, and exercises reinforce all the learning points.

The book is based around the 'Skills for Life' numeracy curriculum created by the Department for Education and Skills and its author, Geoff Mainwaring, is a highly experienced teacher and lecturer in numeracy.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; Ill edition (27 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055010321X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550103215
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A respectful, sensible book dealing with everyday maths...excellent. (The Language People)

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Essential, practical numeracy for everyday life

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this as a gift for a dyslexic friend. Obviously I had a quick read before wrapping and found it to be superb.

I'm pretty good at maths, but never remembered how to do some of the basic stuff that I was taught in primary school. I've always been able to trigonometry and algebra but haven't been able to do long division since about 1982!

This book teaches "how" and "why" you need to know these basic things.

Imagine walking into a shop and seeing signs stating "20% off everything" and not understanding what this actually means or getting change from a cashier and not being able to work out whether it is correct or not.

If you are rubbish at maths and are too embarrassed to go to an "adult maths refresher course" then this book is for you. If you are good at maths but just want to recap on things you didn't learn when you were 5 years old then this book is also for you.

Highly recommended. Easy to read. Easy to learn with real world examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chambers Adult Learners'Guide to Numeracy 2 Nov 2008
I bought this book to help me with my Maths. It is well set out and explains in a clear and comfortable way. A realy good book I would highly recommend it for anyone who may have found others a bit hard to follow.
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I bought this as I am an adult literacy and numeracy tutor and wanted a book I could recommend for extra home study to my students - this is definitely the one. Starting from scratch, the book gives clear, practical examples of numeracy problems and takes the student through them step by step. The book contains lots of interesting facts that makes numeracy come alive for the student- if you've ever wondered why zero Fahrenheit is so far below zero Celsius, this book gives a possible explanation.

Plenty of examples are given in the areas learners seem to find most challenging- for example, how to calculate ratios and metric conversions. The book is broken down into easy to find, meaningful sections that broadly map to the Adult Numeracy curriculum, starting with whole numbers and ending with data. Illustrations are plentiful, clear and helpful. There are several useful appendices, containing tables and the old/new favourite, a learning styles questionnaire.

If you are wanting to study at home to pass the National Tests in Numeracy and prefer paper-based materials to studying on the Internet,- or perhaps there are no dedicated numeracy classes in your area - this book is very much written for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Sep 2009
Perfect stepping stone for your way back into maths, basic but just what you need to get your confidence back on track...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 23 Feb 2011
I bought this book to help me gain level 1 and 2 in adult numeracy. Due to child caring difficulties, I could not attend the class. So with no tutor support and test dates penciled in, I used this book. Wow! I got my level 1 in December 2010 and only yesterday passed my level 2. I'd like to thank the publisher and author, for printing such a wonderful book. ps.I had no previous maths qualifications.....Quantum physics
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adult Learnrs Guide To Numeracy 4 May 2009
This book is a great reference book for specific topics.
I would also recommed it for anyone thinking about doing any numeracy qualifications.
The step by step approach, teaching skills and then enhancing and testing each skill is a real confidence builder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to understand maths 31 May 2011
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I have a fear of maths, since I was a child. This book is great, easy to understand and lots of practice throughout the book. I think i have come along great so far, fractions are no more a fear. Maybe I will be able to do maths with the kids without feeling stupid!
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Excellent! Arrived when it said it would. It is clear and easy to understand; I feel for the first time in my life, I am going to enjoy doing numeracy. Thankyou Chambers.
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This helped me recoup with equations which was set out easy to understand and brought back making sums easy which made my brain tick
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bargain
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I used this to brush up my skills for a competency test at work as I left school a very long time ago, Very good.
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Easy to understand tells you how to do every thing in a simple to way, you can learn quite fast with this book helped me get my nvq 1&2. Read more
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I have had two dats for this book and still as not come as yet a wast of time.I wil not get no more books at all sorry
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by neil
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Percentages: Practice Section 4, Question 9:
A dentist has 300 patients. 240 of these are NHS patients. What percentage are private patients? Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, improved my confidence immensely!
I am heading back to University in September to teach primary school and obviously a pre-requisite is to be very capable in Maths. Read more
Published on 6 July 2011 by WordWiz
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This book is very good. It explains the basics of maths which is what I wanted. If you want to review percentages, fractions, division, multiplication, decimals etc, this is the... Read more
Published on 15 April 2011 by EEEE
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Book was in excellent condition. Arrived very quickly after I ordered it and good value for money
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by sapphire
4.0 out of 5 stars Great maths help!
This is a very easy-to-use book that is simple to follow & understand & would be useful to both teachers & students alike. Read more
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