When I ran classes for Oxford maths undergraduates, I thought I’d reached the pinnacle of teaching. I was tasked with educating some of brightest minds in society, and delivered my lessons with a vigour that is rarely seen in the hallowed halls of the Oxford Mathematical Institute. My students were engaged and showed clear signs... Continue Reading →

# Humanizing Education’s Algorithms

There is a human story behind every adaptive tutoring journey. During a recent school visit, I was challenged by the principal to find the story behind his star math student (who we’ll call Joshua). As I scanned through Joshua’s learning analytics, I quickly gleaned from his usage patterns that this is a student with a... Continue Reading →

# My Nephew Brought Home This Menacing Maths Problem

What happened next is a sad indictment of school maths. When my 12-year-old nephew invites me over, it can only mean one thing — he needs help with his maths homework. The problem seemed simple enough: Take four copies of the number 1234. Re-arrange the digits in each number so that the four numbers sum to 9000. For instance,... Continue Reading →

# Learning and Teaching in the Machine Age (Harvard transcript)

Back in April, I delivered a talk at a Harvard Alumni Conference for graduates of the International Education Policy master's programme. It was somewhere between my first attempt at a TED talk and an introduction to my work at Whizz. The full transcript is available here.