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Mathematics: Online Courses

Mathematics support for students at the University of Suffolk.

Introduction

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The Learning Services Team have identified a number of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) which will enhance your maths skills, confidence and knowledge.

There are a number of platforms available and new courses come out all the time. You can see what courses are running on various platforms by going to Class Central. The best courses can usually be found on:

If you're looking for something to get started with we would highly recommend Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects which also has an associated book:

Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/numeracy-skills

Aims

This free online course from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University will help you improve or revise your knowledge of mathematics. You will gain the numeracy skills needed to succeed in both employers’ numeracy tests and the workplace. It is designed to build your confidence.

Over three weeks, we will look at where numbers occur in everyday life and what numeracy means in this context. We will look at the rationale behind employers’ numeracy testing and the skills you will need to be successful.

In addition to refreshing your understanding of specific numeracy skills (such as percentages, ratios, averages and currency conversions), you will develop essential skills for interpreting numerical data and understanding statistics.

Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/mathematical-symbolism

Aims

This course is aimed at those who aspire to study science or engineering foundation courses at university level. It draws upon the experience of staff from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University - a centre that has specialised for many years in mathematics teaching and mathematics support for science and engineering students who find the transition to university mathematics particularly challenging.

Preparing for Uni (study skills)

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/preparing-for-uni-3

Aims

Higher education is about learning at a higher level: developing skills relating to critical thinking; holding a supported, substantive argument; analysing and using data or sources critically. These are university-level skills but you can work on the foundations of these skills before you get there. Such skills will also help in assessments such as A-levels and extended project work. They are also attributes that employers value in graduates.

Keith Devlin - Mathematical Thinking

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

The course "Introduction to Mathematical Thinking" is more suitable for undergraduates embarking on mathematics degrees. If you are after something a little more challenging then it's worth a look.

If it's not for you, then the message to take away with you is that Maths is not all about going step by step through fixed procedures to solve lots of similar problems. Spend some time with just a few real-world examples and really get to know what's going on

Professor Keith Devlin is also well known for debunking some common mathematical myths. In particular is the myth that you can learn algebra in 42 minutes. The best way to learn maths is to gradually build up your knowledge and skill every day over time - so start now!