Year 8 - Maths Fundamentals

Course Description

This year 8 course will start by looking comprehensively at the most fundamental parts of the year 8 course, algebra and equations. A lot of attention goes to these two topics in year 8 as they are the foundation for not just the rest of the year 8 maths course, but for all high school maths. Students struggling in these topics often struggle across the board and that’s why so much of our course is dedicated to them.


Following this, students will be taught about effective note-taking and study skills as well as how to best prepare for examinations. Later on, students will use their algebra and equations skills to delve deeper into fractions, decimals and percentages. This includes converting between any of the three, as well as a focus on GST and solving problems using the unitary method. The course then progresses towards measurement where we look at Pythagoras’ theorem, surface area, volume and angles.

Course Tutor: Tom Downie

Tom Downie is one of BTA’s co-founders, helping to establish BTA back in 2015. He has tutored for over 3000 hours in a range of subjects including maths, English, PDHPE, biology and physics. He has a wealth of experience which he shares with BTA tutors in their training, but also will share with BTA students through these courses.

Tom presents in a vibrant and engaging way, ensuring students enjoy themselves as they are guided through how to navigate the intricacies of school and examinations. Tom will be presenting the year 6 essentials course which begins to prepare students for the big transition to high school, as well as the year 8 and year 11 standard maths courses.


Year group: 8
Level: All levels
Day: Thursday
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm
Lesson duration: 2 hours
Lesson frequency: Weekly

Commencement date: 21st of July
Final lesson date for the term: 15th of September
School weeks: Term 3 Week 1 – Term 3 Week 9


Number of lessons: 9
Total lesson hours: 18

Minimum students for course to run: 3
Maximum students in course: 10
Cost per student per term: $549
Equivalent cost per hour for tutoring: $30.50/hr

Lesson recording: Yes
Lesson notes: Yes

Key Course Information

All BTA courses are conducted conveniently online via Microsoft Teams


Course commencing 21st of July. 
Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30pm

Weekly Course Outline

  1. Algebra

  2. Equations

  3. Harder algebra and equations

  4. Problem solving with algebra and equations

  5. Study Skills and Examination Technique

  6. Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

  7. Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

  8. Measurement and Pythagoras’ Theorem

  9. Measurement and Pythagoras’ Theorem

2 hours

Lesson Duration each week

18 hours

Total Course


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All of our courses include:

  • Lessons run by BTA’s co-founders who have taught 1000s of students

  • Live classroom environment so students can ask questions and receive answers in real-time

  • Recorded lessons in case you miss a class or would like to review it again

  • Comprehensive lesson notes

  • Homework questions to reinforce lesson content

  • Theory for understanding and exam-style questions for preparation

  • Study skills and exam strategy planning