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Heather Cooke
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28 Nov 2002 041529861X 978-0415298612

Many students find the leap between school and university level mathematics to be significantly greater than they expected. Success with Mathematics has been devised and written especially in order to help students bridge that gap. It offers clear, practical guidance from experienced teachers of mathematics in higher education on such key issues as:

* getting started
* ways of studying
* assessment
* mathematical communication
* learning by doing
* using ICT
* using calculators
* what next.

After reading this book, students will find themselves better prepared for the change in pace, rigour and abstraction they encounter in degree level mathematics. They will also find themselves able to broaden their learning strategies and improve their self-directed study skills.

This book is essential reading for anyone following, or about to undertake, a degree in mathematics, or other degree courses with mathematical content.


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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (28 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041529861X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415298612
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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'I found this to be an excellent book. It deserves a wide readership - teachers of mathematics in universities should read it and induction materials for new mathematics students should reference it. Heather Cooke and her team of contributors are to be congratulated on producing such an accessible, comprehensive and stimulating guide to the art and science of learning mathematics.' - Dr Rod Haggarty, Oxford Brookes University

'Heather Cooke has written an excellent book. Indeed, I couldn't help thinking by the end that I could have done with something just like this when I began studying as an undergraduate mathematician myself many years ago.' - Dr Linda Haggarty, The Open University

'Success with Mathematics is aimed at anyone, not just physicists, enrolled on a degree programme that involves some mathematical content.' - Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, Higher Education Academy


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This is not a book that teaches specific mathematical techniques; instead, the focus is on how to study mathematics successfully in higher education.
Preparation for study (Chapters 1-3): These would be very helpful for a student new to higher education, particularly the emphasis on the difference between school and university, such as the difference between the level of support and the expected amount of independent study required. These chapters give guidance on study skills (preparation, time planning, note-taking, active learning, reflecting).
Assessment (Chapter 4): Particularly helpful were: the list of process words, as these help to build a framework for the type of answer that is expected; tips for not throwing marks away needlessly; revision techniques.
Mathematical Communication (Chapter 5): Very helpful to those with no experience of higher education. Particularly helpful were: communicating mathematics to a variety of audiences; writing mathematics in a way that can be read aloud.
Learning by doing (Chapter 6): Good strategies for when you are stuck.
Using ICT (Chapter 7): Useful tips for customising the Word toolbar and using spreadsheets, and a health warning about the amount of time you can easily spend learning to programme calculators!
Using Calculators (Chapters 8): There is some helpful information about how to explore a calculator and how to find out how it deals with various operations, as this can vary from one calculator to another (for example, the constant facility).

What next (Chapter 9) Index: The web site address given links to some excellent resources there. The comprehensive index will make it easy to find a particular topic.
I'm studying mathematics with the Open University. I recommend this book - I'm finding it really useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A +!! super book takes the fear out of maths! 29 Sep 2009
By katy45
Format:Paperback
I HATED maths at school, thanks to a real dragon and a bully of a maths teacher who never should have been in teaching in the first place. However I return to the 'classroom', virtually this time, with the Open University to do a computing course and i know maths will feature on it so i want to be prepared!
Thanks to this book, i know i can do maths and more to the point, enjoy it!

I can wholly recommend this book to anyone that hasnt studied maths for years like me and who never had the confidence to take it any further [until now!!] this book will help enormously.
it doesnt go into mathematical techniques in depth but it does help prepare you for study! which has also been tremendously helpful. It's not full of jargon and very easy on the eye.

10/10!
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Excellent Book a to z details and very easy to understand and also to teach. Love it !!!!!!!!I got more success with my maths practice.
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