About MathU

MathU was founded in 2018 by Dr Andrew Smith to actively address falling maths abilities and to cater for those wanting to go fast. The concept was born from Andrew's experience as a private tutor, lecturer and parent, including for students with learning difficulties, and prompted by the scary statistics for the mathematics skills of Australian students.

A consistent recurring problem with tertiary and senior secondary students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is skill gaps in middle high school maths. When gaps are identified and filled, students rapidly progress, covering years-worth in weeks.

But competency-based individualised learning is resource-intensive, historically limited to private tuition.

So, we built MathU to find and fill skill gaps and to enable individualised learning at scale.

Our mission is to improve maths skills for all

Rather than teach content based on particular age/grade levels regardless of existing knowledge, MathU presents content that is ready to be learned regardless of age or grade. Mastery unlocks more advanced content.

For example, rather than receiving fails year after year, we believe it is better for a student to master the fundamentals and progress at their own speed, with progress measured by the number of topics mastered. Properly understanding 50% of topics across the full curriculum is better than only understanding the easiest 50% across the topics because it provides a strong foundation for applying the skills and for further learning.

We are not alone in this concept. David Gonski's 2018 report on Australian education calls for major change to introduce individualised learning and competency-based progression, measuring progress rather than status. Geoff Master's 2020 Report on the NSW Curriculum Review also stresses the need to restructure the curriculum to be skills based rather than age-based. MathU already meets these recommendations - it is exactly how we designed it from the bottom up, to be skills-based for individual progression.