Given Mtshabi lives in Soweto, Johannesburg. He matriculated school in 2012. In Grade 11 a friend of his who was helping him with Maths gave him a copy of the My Maths Buddy dictionary and told him that he should use this book in order to increase his marks.
Given told us that he followed his friend’s advice and used the book since then and increased his pass rate from 40-50% to 88% in his final school year and got a distinction in Maths!
He is now a student at the WITS University studying electrical engineering!
“The My Maths Buddy made me realise that Maths is not just numbers but A LANGUAGE…”
Given’s passion is helping learners to succeed in Maths. This is why he is part of the Sbuzamo Maths and Science Academy and tutors Maths to high school learners every Saturday.
When tutoring he uses the My Maths Buddy dictionary and makes sure that each Maths term is fully understood by the learners before they go onto practical, because this is the sure way to understand and succeed in Maths and increase their marks.
As he said: “At first I just did Maths without a clear understanding of the key words. The My Maths Buddy (dictionary) made me realise that Maths is not just numbers but A LANGUAGE… Understanding the words made it possible for me to solve all the (Maths) problems with EASE.”
“Last year I matriculated with very good marks and many distinctions, mathematics being my second highest mark of 94%. Along with years of hard work I used “MY MATHS BUDDY” which is definitely a great learning tool as it breaks down maths into basics and defines every word that is not common in the English language such as calculus and trigonometry.
Personally I feel that if you do not understand a word you cannot do any problem solving because you do not even understand what the problem is.
“My Maths Buddy” does just this, it defines words to give you a proper understanding and from there you can excel and reach your goals.
Therefore I would say stop relying on dictionaries alone and start using the colourful and descriptive My Maths Buddy as well to get you where you want to be.
“Along with years of hard work I used “MY MATHS BUDDY” which is definitely a great learning tool…”