Level up your Maths and Stats Skills
After a break away from studying, you may be feeling a little rusty and be worried about the maths and stats you will encounter as part of your course. To help you get a head start we've created this page which contains everything you need to revise key topics. It will help you explore areas that you want to focus on and sharpen your skills.
MASH also provides additional 11 support with any maths or stats related to your course. These sessions are free to all University of Sheffield students.
And last, but by no means least, if the thought of maths and stats makes you feel anxious, you are not alone: over 80% of students have some form of maths anxiety. Why not take a look at our maths anxiety page. It contains an online resource for you to work through to help you address this. We also run workshops on maths anxiety and there is a link to the workshop page as well.
If there are other topics which you would like to see on these pages, or if you have any other feedback, please contact us here.
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How to Use this Page
Getting good at maths and stats is a matter of practising skills, like learning an instrument or a sport. Many people focus on the first step: learning the methods, without moving on to the next step: consolidation through practice. If this sounds familiar, or if you’ve had other problems learning maths in the past, don’t panic! We’re here to help!
Effective methods for learning mathematics follow the Cycle of Practice. Click on the buttons on the image below to find out how you can use the cycle of practice to get the most from this resource.
This page is split into sections that broadly reflect key topics from GCSE and A level. Each section is divided by topic. Within each topic you will find quizzes so that you can test your knowledge (Stage 1 of the Cycle of Practice); resources to enable you to refresh your knowledge (Stage 2); and further quizzes for you to practise your knowledge (Stage3). The quizzes are designed to be done repeatedly, with different numbers, so that you can continue to practise until you feel confident to move on to a different topic.
Don't forget that if you would like some additional support, you can always book an appointment to speak to one of our friendly advisers. We're here to help all students, on all courses, at all levels.
Section A: Key topics from GCSE Level Maths
Numbers 

BIDMAS 

Fractions 

Percentages 

Converting between Fractions, Decimals and Percentages 

Standard form 

Algebraic fractions 

Simplifying algebra 

Solving linear equations 

Indices 

Trigonometry 

Section B: Key Topics from higher GCSE maths/easier Alevel
Quadratics 

Simultaneous equations 

Indices 

Section C: Key Topics from Alevel Maths
Algebraic fractions 

Factor and remainder theorem 

Logarithms 

Trigonometry 

Probability and Statistics refresher
Measures of average 

Spread 

Displaying information 

Collecting information 

Probability 

Jumpstart University
The Jumpstart University hub has been developed by The Open University in collaboration with the Russell Group to help students starting university this year to prepare for and settle into their studies. Below are links to the maths and stat resources.
Topics 
Topic 
Description 
Succeed with maths  Part 1 
Does maths feel like a bit of a mystery to you? Are you looking to improve your confidence in using maths in a variety of everyday situations? If so, this course is for you. Beginning with the very foundations of maths,it will start by looking at how numbers are put together, before guiding you through how to use percentages, fractions and negative numbers. Taking reallife examples you will have the opportunity to practise your new skills and build your confidence in using maths to solve problems in everyday life and the wider world. This course will encourage you to not just mechanically follow the rules that are written to help with maths, but to also gain an understanding and appreciation of what lies behind these rules.

Succeed with maths  Part 2 
Following on from Succeed with maths  Part 1, this course will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples. It will guide you through measurement, scientific notation (based upon powers of 10) and roots of numbers, shapes and how to calculate their properties before finally turning to how to construct and read from tables, charts and graphs. It provides a solid foundation for you to continue with studies in any subject which requires some degree of mathematical knowledge.

Mathematics for science and technology 
Maths is intimately entwined with science and technology, whether it is used to analyse data collected on plants in the Amazon rainforest, to calculate the trajectory of a comet or design a bridge to connect two countries. This means that science and technology go handinhand with maths, and that a firm grasp of maths is crucial for studying any science and technology discipline. This course will help you build a stronger grip with the maths helping hand. You’ll learn about the power of algebra, get a sense of scientific notation, the beauty of basic trigonometry and why 70 db (decibels) is 10 times more powerful than 60 db. As well as this you will delve into scientific measurement, including the importance of units and the flexibility and practically of the SI – the internationally recognised system of units based on multiples of ten.

Medical statistics 
This course is concerned with some of the statistical methods used in epidemiology and more widely in medical statistics. Section 1 introduces cohort studies in which individuals are classified according to their exposure and followed forward in time to evaluate disease outcomes. Section 2 looks at models for cohort studies. Section 3 introduces casecontrol studies in which individuals are selected according to their disease status and past exposures are then ascertained. Section 4 covers testing for no association in cohort studies and casecontrol studies.



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