Many books of maths problems contain plenty of problems and skimp on the explanations; happily this book is not in that category. The same author, Colin Beveridge, wrote Basic Maths For Dummies (UK Edition)
, which is a great book for gaining skills but has a flaw in that it doesn't contain problems to practice those skills.
This book is smaller in format than the usual Dummies books (the wide margins are dispensed with) and contains shorter explanations than the first book, but these are enough for most needs. For example, the bigger book spreads an explanation of number lines over three pages, this book does it in one.
Someone who is really maths phobic will benefit from using both books in tandem, as the first book does contain plenty of alternative illustrations and examples. For those who feel their maths skills just need a bit of brushing up, perhaps to pass a functional skills test, this is ideal.
The book is arranged into five sections. The first goes through the basics, the building blocks of maths. It shouldn't be skipped, but it can be skimmed, as it covers the use of terms (like indices and approximation) that need to be understood. The second section covers working with parts of the whole; percentages, fractions, decimals, and ratios.
A section on practical, real-life maths follows (numeracy) followed by a section on statistics and finally the well known Dummies series Part of Tens. Ten Ways To Check Your Work, and Ten Top Tips for Getting Things Right.
A very good guide for any adults wanting to brush up their skills, or to support courses at home or work, with plenty of practice.
Also it's a useful read for tutors, as they are presented with alternative methods of obtaining solutions and good advice on learning strategies to pass on to their students. Recommended.