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on 2 April 2013
This is a book that every potential undergraduate student of mathematics should purchase. It has a very thorough description of what is involved with being an undergraduate in mathematics at university.
Alcock has succeeded in writing a relevant, interesting and beneficial account of what it is like to be a maths undergraduate. She highlights the differences between pure and applicable mathematics and what skills are needed to flourish in these. However the emphasis is on pure mathematics throughout the book.
Additionally the author does not shy away from doing some serious mathematics even though the book is written for the layman. The technical mathematics is described in simple terms that all sixth formers will understand.
The book is very well organised and has good quality writing style - well expressed, clarity, coherence etc. It is split into two - mathematics and study skills.
My only reservation is the lack of illustrations. Including these would have more of an impact but it is not a serious omission.
I would recommend this book to any student or teacher of mathematics.
Kuldeep Singh
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on 10 March 2013
I started reading this book as I know Lara Alcock, I carried on as it is a great read with lots of useful advice. Not only will following the tips in "How to Study for a Mathematics Degree" improve your degree results, it will help you progress in your career.

Many of the areas that mathematics graduates struggle with when they start work, and some carry on struggling with, are clearly and helpfully dealt with. Working in the way that Lara suggests during your degree will enable you to start work a few steps ahead of the typical mathematics graduate and carry on that way.

Although I graduated many years ago, I will certainly be using much of the advice going forward, including that on dealing with a panic situation!

Enjoy the read

Heather
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on 9 November 2013
An excellent support by Lara Alcock for those undertaking a degree in mathematics, indicating snags students typically encounter. However she is less critical than I believe she ought to be about many, if not most degree courses in mathematics.

In particular, the standard mathematics `lecture' is inappropriate for such a symbolically-rich subject. Often little more than a dictation class lectures are pedagogically ineffective. The material is delivered quickly and uniformly, but learning in contrast takes place in fits-and-starts, over time. So mathematics lectures are not learning events: an inefficient use of 12 hr a week.

In such a lecture-centred regime, mathematics degree courses suit well only those students who don't need teaching.

If degree courses were better pedagogically informed would Lara Alcock's book be necessary?
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on 16 October 2013
Although I have not finished this book yet, it was recommended to me by 2 different lecturers and so far I have found it to be:

Easy to read - for a maths book, which I usually cant read for longer than about 5 minutes at a time

Clear in describing the differences the way you are expected to learn

And useful in the content - it gives information about alot more of university Mathematics degree than the changes to dependence of learning
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on 5 July 2015
An excellent book. Well written with many examples.
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on 22 September 2015
good product and price
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on 12 September 2015
Very Good
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on 6 December 2013
It was as good as I thought - just a little patronising in places but a good read and worth the spend.
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on 2 April 2015
Clearly written, very practical enjoyable and useful.
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on 25 August 2015
Great book
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