How to Study for a Mathematics Degree.

Alcock, Lara.

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This mathematics-specific guide is essential reading for any undergraduate mathematics student. Its aim is to explain how to make the most of a mathematics degree. It is about the ways in which lecturers expect students to think about it, and about how to keep on top of studying while enjoying university life. Quite simply it’s about the need to learn how to study mathematics effectively.


SKU: 9780199661329


Every year, thousands of students go to university to study mathematics (single honours or combined with another subject). Many of these students are extremely intelligent and hardworking, but even the best will, at some point, struggle with the demands of making the transition to advanced mathematics. Some have difficulty adjusting to independent study and to learning from lectures. Other struggles, however, are more fundamental: the mathematics shifts in focus from calculation to proof, so students are expected to interact with it in different ways. These changes need not be mysterious - mathematics education research has revealed many insights into the adjustments that are necessary - but they are not obvious and they do need explaining. This no-nonsense book translates these research-based insights into practical advice for a student audience. It covers every aspect of studying for a mathematics degree, from the most abstract intellectual challenges to the everyday business of interacting with lecturers and making good use of study time. Part 1 provides an in-depth discussion of advanced mathematical thinking, and explains how a student will need to adapt and extend their existing skills in order to develop a good understanding of undergraduate mathematics. Part 2 covers study skills as these relate to the demands of a mathematics degree. It suggests practical approaches to learning from lectures and to studying for examinations while also allowing time for a fulfilling all-round university experience. The first subject-specific guide for students, this friendly, practical text will be essential reading for anyone studying mathematics at university.

Book Details

Author Alcock, Lara.
Format PB
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Oxford University Press
Number of Pages 288
Illustrations 37 b/w line drawings
Publish Date 8/11/2012
Catalogue Aug18
Catalogue book number 207