Measurement tutorial

An interactive collection of World Wide Web pages designed to help science students come to grips with the details of measuring things.

How to study maths

1. Take notes in lectures

Take good lectures notes – ones which you could refer to later. Your lecturer may not necessarily write down everything he/she says so you may like to add to the standard lecture notes by including snippets of what is being said as well.

2. Make Summaries

Summarise each topic you study using your lecture notes and related texts. You can do this by referring to the lecture notes you took in lectures and presenting it as a summary. All the main points should be there. You may need to refer to textbooks to consolidate some of the material. A summary does not have to be short – you can include examples and as much working as you like. This will become your reference book – a quick review of what you are expected to know in your course of study. Summaries take a while to do but it is worth it in the end.

3. Refer to textbooks

Textbooks are an additional resource to your lecture notes. Often a topic may be expanded on in more detail in your textbook with additional examples given. When you make your summaries have your textbook open at your topic and use it as a reference and guide.

4. Do and redo as many exercises as you can find

This is probably the most helpful way of studying maths – to do and redo as many exercises that you can find. Use your tutorial exercises as a guide but also refer to your textbook and recommended reading lists. Find the topic that you are working on and do as many exercises that you can on it.

5. Ask questions (especially if you are stuck)

The best way of getting help with maths is face to face. Don’t be scared of asking your lecturer or tutor for help. Spend time at the Numeracy Centre (or your Maths Study Centre) where tutors are available to give you individual help. Discuss your questions with your friends and maybe together you can come up with a solution.

6. Work through all your tutorial exercises and assignments

Redoing your assignments is important especially before an exam as it gives you an idea of the standard of knowledge you are required to have.

For more of a discussion on this topic, the following site has some excellent information: Paul’s Online Notes

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