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Trefoil Puzzle #135

There was a shipwreck at sea and Buck, Lance, and Jack were washed ashore on a small island. Upon reaching shore they promptly fell asleep from exhaustion. A short time later, Buck awoke and saw that a box of bananas had been washed ashore. Buck ate one third of the bananas and went back to sleep. Lance soon awoke and upon seeing the box of bananas, ate on third of what was left and then fell asleep. Jack woke next and assumed that the other two hadn’t eaten any bananas, so he ate one third of what remained. When Jack finished, there were 8 bananas left over. How many bananas were in the box originally?


Trefoil Puzzle #134

Picture three boxes containing fruit. The first box is marked CHERRIES, the second box is marked BANANAS, and the third box is marked CHERRIES AND BANANAS. Each of the boxes is labelled incorrectly. How could you label each box correctly if you were allowed to select only one fruit from one of the boxes?



Winter Master Classes: Book your place!

Between January 2nd and 10th, we will be hosting Winter Master Classes in Mathematics. Run by Vivek Gathani, teacher of mathematics and director of Trefoil Tutors, Master Classes are two-hour-long group study sessions on specific topics in mathematics. In each two-hour session, the tutor will work with a group of 2-4 pupils. The cost of one two-hour session is £40.

More information about the Master Classes and booking your place can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!


PDS: Setting appropriate and varied homework

We continue our series of Professional Development Seminars (PDS) designed to help our team of tutors stay up-to-date with the most recent developments in pedagogy and education. This month, the seminar was focused on designing appropriate and engaging homework.

All too often, a homework task becomes just another worksheet for forthe pupil to complete. That is why together with our tutors Nina, Milda, Vivek, Shaheel and Nickesh we discussed how a tutor can take a more creative approach towards homework and how we can ensure that the learning process does not stop at the end of the lesson.