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Working with numbers

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University maths is different from the maths you would have learnt at school. A very important part of learning maths is solving problems.

Being able to use numbers effectively is a vital part of everyday life: quantitative analysis is not simply a tool to be used by scientists and engineers. While there are certainly specialist professions that make extensive use of advanced mathematics to suggest that only these people need to be numerate is the same as saying that only novelists and English teachers need to know how to read.

During your University studies you are likely to be working with numbers and data.  Depending on your programme, the mathematics and statistics you need may be familiar from GCSE or A-level, or may be taught in some of the courses you are taking.  If you are having difficulties, whatever the level, help is available!  The Greenwich Maths Centre (part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities) offers drop-in sessions which any university student (undergraduate or postgraduate) may attend.  See under MASH@Greenwich (Mathematics and Statistics Help) below.  You may also find some of the resources listed below useful.

MASH@Greenwich (Maths and Stats Help)

For 2018/19 drop-in mathematics and statistics help sessions are offered at each of the three campuses.  There is no need to book - you just turn up (but bring your lecture notes!)  Our tutor will help you understand the maths or stats that you need, whatever its level.  (If the material is very specialist - for example, the advanced statistics sometimes required by a PhD student - it would be helpful to have advance notice of the problem.)

For updates please follow @GreenwichMASH on Twitter and/or like MASH at Greenwich on Facebook.  If we need to make changes - for example if a session is cancelled because the tutor is ill and no-one else is available to cover - we will give as much notice as possible through Twitter and Facebook.

Schedule of MASH sessions - Term 1, 2019/20

MASH sessions will be held at all three campuses during the academic year 2019/20.  Dates and times for the teaching part of Term 1 are given below.  The sessions begin in the week beginning Monday 30 September.

Maritime Greenwich Campus: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12-2 each day.  The sessions are in the Skills Hub, on the third floor of the Stockwell Street Library, 10_3001.

Medway Campus:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12-2 each day. The sessions at Medway will take place in the Drill Hall Library - please go to the Library Reception Desk to be directed to the venue.

Avery Hill Campus: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 12-2.  The sessions at Avery Hill will take place in the Avery Hill Library - please go to the Library Reception Desk to be directed to the venue.

All students may attend any session: in particular Avery Hill students may also attend the sessions at the Greenwich campus (and vice versa).  There is a frequent free university bus service between the campuses.

More information is available on the Maths Support Moodle page at http://moodlecurrent.gre.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=55527.  To contact MASH@Greenwich email MASH@gre.ac.uk.  You can follow us on Twitter - @GreenwichMASH - or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichMASH/

Final Comments

If you are having problems with mathematics or statistics during your studies, seek help earlier than later!  Many students have had bad experiences of mathematics at school and as a result lack confidence.  You will find our MASH tutors helpful and supportive!

To contact MASH@Greenwich email MASH@gre.ac.uk.

Resources

The sigma MathsCentre and StatsTutor websites offer a wide range of resources including refresher leaflets, video tutorials and teach-yourself booklets.

http://www.mathcentre.ac.uk/ and www.statstutor.ac.uk

Citizen Maths is a free online course on level 2 mathematics (GCSE level) - www.citizenmaths.com/

For lawyers, the Royal Statistical Society has published a guide Statistics and probability for advocates: understanding the use of statistical evidence in courts and tribunals and also provides more detailed guides on criminal law and statistics.