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

## Practise calculating percentages

Download a table of Easy conversions from fractions and percentages.

## 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:

**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?

Download a table of Easy conversions from fractions and percentages.