Workshops

Image of students in a workshopMASH offer a number of workshops. These are available to all students studying at the University of Sheffield.  Click on the tabs below to view the full range currently on offer. 

Note that there were some errors in the original 301 handout. The dates and times below are correct for all workshops

MASH workshops are HEAR accredited and attendance can count towards the Academic Skills Certificate. Attend any four MASH or 301 Academic Skills workshops to gain the certificate. It provides you with an opportunity to gain recognition for attendance and demonstrate your commitment to enhancing the skills required for you to succeed.

If you have an idea for a workshop that is not covered by the list below or you are a member of staff who is interested in working with MASH to deliver one of the workshops listed for your students, please contact the MASH team


Mathematics workshops

These workshops are designed to reinforce key topics common to most first year engineering maths modules. The focus is on providing you with extra help and practice with important examples, rather than covering extensive theory, which should be covered in your course. Whilst they are geared towards engineering students they are open to all students across the university

Note that the information below are the final, correct dates and times

You can also bring along your own related problems and exercises and get help with these.

Engineering Maths Booster: Functions and Complex Numbers

Wednesday 13th May 2020 15:15 - 16:45 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Engineering Maths Booster: Calculus

Wednesday 20th May 2020 15:15 - 16:45 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Engineering Maths Booster: Vectors and Matrices

Wednesday 27th May 2020 15:15 - 16:45 Blackboard Collaborate Book here
Statistics workshops

MASH offers a range of introductory statistics and SPSS workshops which cover the basics of hypothesis testing, getting started with SPSS, using SPSS to analyse data and good practice in the presentation of data and results. Upcoming workshops are listed below.

Statistics 1: Introduction to hypothesis testing

This workshop focuses on the concepts and terminology needed to understand statistical hypothesis testing. The workshop will also cover chi-squared tests and t-tests

Friday 21st February 14:00 - 16:00 Flexible workshop space, 301 Glossop Road Book here
Tuesday 25th February 16:00 - 18:00 Seminar room B81, Richard Roberts Building Book here

SPSS 1: Getting started with SPSS

This is a computer-led workshop for complete beginners to SPSS. The workshop follows a step-by-step guide to getting started in SPSS with exercises and covers the following topics:

  • Getting data into SPSS
  • Recoding and creating new variables
  • Producing basic summary statistics, tables and graphs
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 16:00 - 18:00 Room G25, Hicks Building Book here
Friday 6th March 2020 14:00 - 16:00 Computer Room 3.02, Information Commons Book here

SPSS 2: Simple statistical tests in SPSS

This is a computer-led workshop that follows on from the 'Getting started in SPSS' workshop. It will show you how to do some simple statistical analyses in SPSS including t-tests and chi-squared tests

Tuesday 10th March 2020 16:00 - 18:00 Room G25, Hicks Building Book here
Friday 13th March 2020 14:00 - 16:00 Computer Room 3.02, Information Commons Book here

SPSS 3: ANOVA in SPSS

Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) is a statistical test for comparing the means of several independent groups. There are several types of ANOVA but it is important to get to grips with the basics before moving to more complex types of ANOVA. This practical workshop centres around undertaking ANOVA in SPSS and includes:

  • Which ANOVA to use in which circumstances
  • Carrying out one and two way ANOVA
  • Interpretation of the output
  • Checking assumptions
  • What to do when the assumptions are not met

SPSS 4: Correlation and regression in SPSS

Correlation and regression are two very popular analytical methods. In particular multiple regression is one of the most commonly used techniques for project analysis. This practical workshop focuses on using SPSS to carry out correlation and regression analyses and includes: 

  • When and why correlation or regression are used
  • Carrying out analysis
  • Interpretation of the output
  • Checking assumptions

SPSS 5: Choosing the right test using SPSS

This workshop covers the steps involved in choosing the right analysis and introduces the terminology associated with the process. There are a number of exercises aimed at selecting an appropriate analytical method and using SPSS to analyse data.

R 1: Introduction to R

This workshop will introduce you to the package R

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R 2: Parametric tests in R

This workshop will introduce you to some basic parametric statistical tests in R

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R 3: Non-parametric tests in R

This workshop will show you how to undertake non-parametric tests in R

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R 4: Correlation and Regression in R

This workshop will show you how to undertake regression analysis in R

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R 5: Further ANOVA in R

This workshop will show you how to undertake further ANOVA analyses in R

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R 6: Machine learning and GGPlot

This workshop will show you how to undertake the basics of machine learning techniques in R, and the used of the GGplot package for producing graphs

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Maths Anxiety

Are you anxious about the maths or stats needed for your course? Maths and statistics anxiety is very common and can stop you from being able to study either subject effectively. Find out what happens to the brain and how to overcome the anxiety and succeed with your course.

Overcoming maths anxiety

This workshop is available to all University of Sheffield students and covers the causes, effects and impact of maths anxiety as well as strategies for overcoming anxiety and doing well in maths or statistics.

Identifying and reducing maths and statistics anxiety: staff workshop

This workshop is for staff whose role includes teaching and/or supporting students. Its aim is to equip you to deal with students who are anxious about using mathematics or statistics. It will commence with a discussion of what anxiety is, drawing on past experiences. It will then consider the causes and effects of maths anxiety, and will provide strategies for overcoming maths anxiety and advice for signposting students with maths anxiety. It is bookable through the University's Learning Management System (LMS) in the Supporting the Supporters section.

Online Maths Anxiety workshop

If you are unable to attend a workshop, click on the image below to access our online workshop for you to work through at home.

In addition, click here to access our Maths Anxiety webpage which has lots of other resources.

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Numerical Reasoning

Will you be taking a numerical reasoning test as part of the recruitment process for a job post-university? These two complementary workshops are designed to help you prepare for these type of tests.

Note that the information below are the final, correct dates and times

Preparing for numerical reasoning tests

This is the first of two workshops designed to give an overview of what to expect from numerical reasoning tests that are used, for example, as part of a recruitment process. The workshops will highlight typical question types and features of these tests and give you a chance to look at test questions with others. There will also be opportunities to get help and advice and work through different practice tests.

Friday 1st May 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Flexible workshop space, 301 Glossop Road Book here

Practice with numerical reasoning tests

This is the second of two workshops designed to give an overview of what to expect from numerical reasoning tests that are used, for example, as part of a recruitment process. The workshops will highlight typical question types and features of these tests and give you a chance to look at test questions with others. There will also be opportunities to get help and advice and work through different practice tests.

Friday 15th May 2020

14:00 - 15:00 Flexible workshop space, 301 Glossop Road Book here

If you have not studied mathematics for a while, you may find it helpful to try our online self-diagnostic test. You can have as many attempts as you want and try to improve your score


MASH is based at the 301 Student Skills and Development centre which also offers a wide range of academic skills workshops







For all enquiries, feedback or comments you can use our contact form or email us: mash@sheffield.ac.uk