Maths Whartels

Dr Erasmus is the creator of Mathematics Whartels.

Maths Whartels Project

Poor maths achievement at Primary school level is a global problem and as maths is a powerful gatekeeper – the door to coursework (qualifications) in science, medicine, technology and engineering. Research has indicated that at American Middle school two thirds of learners will fall behind grade level in their maths classes. In South Africa 77% of learners take Maths literacy which does not give entry to any course in Engineering, Technology or Science at post-matric level. The results of the 2014 ANA’s indicate that only 65% of Grade 3 learners achieved 50% and more in mathematics. Only thirty five percent (35%) of Grade 6 learners achieved 50%. For the Grade 9 learners it is a shocking 3%.

Her research interest on predictors of maths achievement in the South African context started in 2000 with her Masters studies to design a remedial programme in Maths for Setswana speaking / second language learners. She have 30 years’ experience in teaching remedial maths for learners from pre-school up to Grade 11. Her PhD studies focused on study orientation in maths and emotional intelligence as predictors of maths achievement. The literature review indicated that metacognition is one of the most important concepts in contemporary research of critical thinking. The relationship between the different fields of study orientation (maths anxiety, attitude, problem-solving skills, study milieu etc.) is confirmed by various studies. Study orientation is one of the key predictors of maths achievement. The role of the family and school in poor maths achievement is also stressed. Research finding also focuses on the role of resilience in maths achievement. The relationship between mathematics anxiety, memory capabilities and lowered academic performance has been validated in my PhD studies and is also the focus of recent books and various articles on this topic. Current research stresses that low achieving primary school learners that are exposed to systematic training in problem solving, decision making, and self-monitoring techniques improves their maths achievement significantly.


Maths Whartels is new creative and innovative concept for a computer game / Mobile app designed for primary school learners aimed atimproving children’s math achievement by focusing on cognitive aspects(math concepts, metacognition and information processing) andpsychological facets (maths anxiety, maths resilience, etc).

By using the newest technology this program aims to facilitate self-directed learning by changing the learners mathematical mindset / thinking by including principles used in play therapy to optimize learning and understanding such as puppets / characters, board games and story-telling and thus including both LINEAR and THEME methods to improve math skills.

Academic Career

Dr Petro Erasmus is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the North West University (Mafikeng Campus). Her main research interests are neuro-developmental disorders (Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD), maths achievement, Resilience and Emotional intelligence and career guidance. She has a private practice (Child and Family Guidance and Development Centre) in Mafikeng. The Centre offers Individual- Family and Couples- Adolescent and Children's'- counselling and therapies; Psychological Assessments; Workshops; Remedial and Extra lessons.

She has been working in education since 1987 and has experience working in a pre-primary school, primary school, secondary school as well as tertiary institution. She is a qualified remedial therapist and has been working with children with learning difficulties since 2008.

PhD Educational Psychology (UP)
M(Ed) Guidance and Counselling (UP)
M(Ed) Educational Guidance (Unisa)
Hons (BEd) Educ. Management (Unisa)
Hons (BEd) School Guidance and Counselling (Unisa)
Dipl. Spec. Educ. (Unisa)
BA Ed (School Guidance)(UP)

Certificate Course in Narrative Career Counselling
EQ – Internationally accredited training
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Developmental touch Therapy
Advanced Play Therapy
Play Therapy Training
Filial Touch Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for panic disorder, worry and generalized anxiety disorders
16 PF®5 – National Accreditation training
REBT – Primary Practicum in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Presented by the Albert Ellis Institute of South Africa
4th Annual Online Autism Conference
Fundamental Training in Eriksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
Ego state Therapy – Presented by the Milton H. Erickson Institute of SA
Autism – Presented by Ernie Els Autism Association
Solution Focused Therapy
REBT – Advanced Practicum in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy –Presented by the Albert Ellis Institute of South Africa
Assessment Accommodations
Neuroscience Conference 2015 – University of Pretoria
KAPP – The art of supervision workshop
SPSS – Statistics workshop
Solution Focused
Memory and learning in Children and adolescents
Eye Movement Integration Therapy



  • Autism, Anxiety,
  • Attention and Concentration difficulties,
  • Bedwetting,
  • Behavioural Problems,
  • Bereavement Counselling,
  • Bullying,
  • Career Counselling and assessments,
  • Conflict Handling,
  • Couples Counselling,
  • Discipline problems,
  • Depression,
  • Developmental Delays,
  • Divorce counselling,
  • Dyslexia,
  • Emotional Intelligence,
  • Family Counselling,
  • Hyperactivity,
  • Individual Counselling,
  • Life Skills programs,
  • Learning Problems,
  • Maths Anxiety,
  • Metacognition & Memory,
  • Narrative Career Counselling
  • Parenting Plans,
  • Parenting Skills,
  • Psycho-legal assessments,
  • Perceptual Problems,
  • Reading Problems,
  • Play Therapy,
  • Psycho-Social Evaluation,
  • Reading problems,
  • Remedial lessons,
  • Self Esteem,Study Skills and Study Methods
  • Trauma counseling


Remedial and extra lessons for:
• Maths – Grade R to Grade 10
• English – Pre-school to Grade 10
• Afrikaans – Pre-School to Grade 12


SCHOOLS: School readiness, Creative Teaching, Understanding Neurodevelopmental disorders - Dyslexia / ADD / AUTISM, Understanding Learning disorders, Improving Memory and Concentration, Study methods, Enjoy your classroom - management strategies, Adolescent Development, Building Character Strengths in Children and Adolescents,
SMALL BUSINESSES: The Emotional Intelligent Workplace, Diversity in the workplace, Conflict Handling, Teamwork etc.
FAMILIES AND GROUPS: Positive Parenting, How to PLAY with your child, Enjoy your child, Raising a child with resilience, Discipline strategies that works for all developmental stages.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - Refers to a person's ability to deal with daily environment demands and pressures. The workshop focus on developing the individuals EQ skills and Resilience. Effective and high functioning individuals create a strong, competent team, a strong family, and a dynamic organization.

Contact Information

Phone: 0827806139
Practice email: petro@drpetroerasmus.co.za
University email: petro.erasmus@nwu.ac.za

Everest Street 3, Riviera Park, Mafikeng
Office Manager: Mrs Wilma Bester 0828791366 wilma@psybase.co.za