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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.

To join drop-in sessions and get up-to-date information we suggest you request to join the Team Academic Skills Hub-IL-LSE on MS Teams. There is a channel for MASH within this Team.

MASH@Greenwich (Maths and Stats Help)

Our tutors 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 - email MASH@gre.ac.uk.)

There is currently a mix of online and on-campus drop-in sessions for which there is no need to book - you just turn up at the appropriate time and place or join the MS Teams meeting (but have your lecture notes handy!)  We also have an appointment system where you can book a more extended slot for a 1-1 online meeting with a tutor.

For updates please request to join the Team Academic Skills Hub-IL-LSE  on MS Teams - there is a channel for MASH within this Team.  You may also 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 Teams, Twitter and Facebook.

MASH 2021/22

Drop-in sessions: There is no need to book for these sessions.  

During Term 1 (beginning Monday 27 September, until Friday 17 December) there will be MASH online drop-in sessions every day 12 noon to 2pm.  There will be on-campus sessions at the Medway campus every Tuesday, 12 noon to 2pm (starting Tuesday 28 September) and on the Greenwich campus every Wednesday, 12 noon to 2pm, starting Wednesday 13 October.

To join an online drop-in session, go to https://libcal.gre.ac.uk/, find and click on the event MASH Online (Maths And Stats Help) Online and click on the link "Join MASH drop-in".   Alternatively, if you are a member of the Team Academic Skills Hub-IL-LSE on MS Teams, then you can go to the MASH channel in that Team and join the meeting there.  If you are not a member of that Team, then you can submit a request to join.

For help with advanced statistical analysis of data for a dissertation it would be helpful if you could email MASH@gre.ac.uk in advance with a summary of your query so that the tutor can prepare to help you.

To attend an on-campus drop-in session, just turn up during the specified period.  The Greenwich sessions take place in the Academic Skills are on the third floor of the Stockwell Street Library.  The Medway sessions are held in the Drill Hall Library- ask for directions at the desk.

1-1 Appointments

To make a 1-1 online appointment with a tutor, go to https://libcal.gre.ac.uk/, click on “Schedule an Appointment”, and select one of the MASH tutors (their names are prefixed by "MASH").  The tutor will send you the link to attend the online appointment before the meeting time.

We hope you will find the MASH service useful.

More information is available on the Maths Support Moodle page at https://moodlecurrent.gre.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=77018.  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

Think Online Training provide some useful information on  Level 2 Maths.

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.