Mathematical Study Skills
Site Map
The map on the home page (and the links above) show how the site is
structured. Each section contains some advice on the topic with some
activities and examples for you to try. Do try these activities  just
reading about studying is not enough, you need to try things out and
experiment to find ways that are effective for you!
So you will need a pen, paper and your calculator to hand……
If you prefer, you can download each topic as a pdf file, print it out
and work offline. You may find it helpful to write your own notes on
the documents and to keep these for reference during your course.
To read the pdf files, you will need a recent version of Adobe Acrobat
Reader which you can get from
here.
If you wish to look at ALL the topics, we suggest you start with
Reading, then Writing, Solving Problems and finally the Mathematical
Modelling.
As you work through these problems, you may find that some of your
mathematical skills are a little rusty, particularly if you haven’t
studied for some time. All the Level 2 and 3 courses assume that you
already have certain mathematical skills, for example in algebra,
calculus and trigonometry (the details are listed in the
course
descriptions). To help you refresh these skills before your
course starts, the
Resources
section provides links to other mathematical sites which you might find
helpful.
The pages include icons which you can click on for further comments on
the text. These give examples of how you can study actively by asking
yourself questions and making short comments as you read.
Icon

Meaning

Example


Thought

A question that has
occurred to you, a link with other maths,
or another way of looking at the problem.


Scribble

A
diagram or comment that you write on the text to clarify the meaning,
such as an extra step in the solution. Or a note to ask your tutor for
help! 

Note

These
remind you of important results or point out key parts of the text. 

