# Confidence with numbers module

Confidence with numbers helps students overcome their obstacles and barriers in working with numbers and understand how to present and interpret numerical data.

Sample activity: Examine how to convert fractions to percentages A fraction is a part of a whole, such as a half or third. When it isn’t easy to see how fractions or proportions of different items compare, then it is worth converting fractions into percentages.

To convert a fraction to a percentage:

• Divide the part by the whole
• Multiply the result by 100

## My journal

How difficult did you find it working with fractions and percentages? Did it get easier after a few questions, or do you need more practice?

## Module Content

Confidence with numbers features the following:

• Diagnostic test
• Section 1: Confidence with numbers
• Module assessment

See what’s in the module below:

Focus
• Questioning numbers and statistics
• Diving into fractions
• Understanding percentages
• Getting to grips with 'averages'?
• Using tables, charts and graphs
• Interpreting graphs
• Skills self-assessment

Examine how to convert fractions to percentages

A fraction is a part of a whole, such as a half or third. When it isn’t easy to see how fractions or proportions of different items compare, then it is worth converting fractions into percentages.

To convert a fraction to a percentage:

• Divide the part by the whole
• Multiply the result by 100

Easy conversions from fractions and percentages

Look for proportions that help you calculate a percentage quickly in your head. For example, ’24 out of 96’ is the same proportion as ‘1 in 4’ (4 x 24 = 96) or 25%. If you know your ‘tables’, you will find it easier to recognise proportions. Here is a list of useful conversions for you to download.

My journal

How difficult did you find it working with fractions and percentages? Did it get easier after a few questions, or do you need more practice?