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, science, or related maths modules. The workshops focus on getting extra help and practice with important examples, rather than covering extensive theory, which should be covered in your course. The workshops are open to all students across the university. You should have a basic knowledge of the topic area before attending the workshop.

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

Maths Booster: Dealing with different types of equations

This workshop recaps some common forms of equations, including higher order polynomials, trigonometric, logarithmic, exponential and mixed forms. Some techniques for dealing with such equations are discussed as well as some reflection and focus on areas you may want to build confidence.

Wednesday 21st October 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Maths Booster: Visualising functions

This workshop covers some of the definitions associated with graphs and how we can match a graph to its function. We will also cover some tips and tricks for sketching curves.

Wednesday 28th October 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Maths Booster: Choosing the right differentiation method

This workshop aims to solidify the standard results from differentiation and a toolkit of differentiation methods which may be used for trickier functions.

Wednesday 4th November 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Maths Booster: Understanding limits using graphs

This workshop recaps the idea of limits in graphs and how we might use differentiation to evaluate more difficult limits.

Wednesday 11th November 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Maths Booster: Other types of differentiation

This workshop furthers our knowledge of differentiation techniques to include implicit, parametric and logarithmic, preparing us for differentiation of many more functions.

Wednesday 18th November 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Maths Booster: Algebraic techniques for hyperbolic functions

This workshop relates the hyperbolic functions to the standard trigonometric functions in order to derive identities, which are not always as straightforward as they seem.

Wednesday 25th November 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Maths Booster: Getting to grips with series

This workshop shows the differences between the Maclaurin and Taylor series of functions, with some opportunities to derive approximations for functions using polynomials.

Wednesday 2nd December 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Maths Booster: Making sense of complex numbers

This workshop covers the concept of complex numbers and few ways we might choose to express them. Their importance in finding roots to polynomial equations is explored.

Wednesday 9th December 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Maths Booster: Working with products of vectors

This workshop presents two different types of products associated with vectors, in the form of the scalar and vector products. In particular, we see how they can be found in vector equations used for various models

Wednesday 16th December 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here
Statistics workshops

MASH offers a range of introductory statistics and statistical software workshops which cover the basics of hypothesis testing, data display and using SPSS and R. Upcoming workshops are listed below.

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

Thursday 15th October 2020 13:30 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Statistics: Presenting data and results in figures

This workshop will be of interest to anyone who needs to present data and results in figures. It will introduce several graphs that are useful for displaying data and look at good and poor practice, including a critique of published charts and figures

Thursday 3rd December 2020 13:30 - 14:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

Statistics: Presenting data and results in tables

This workshop will be of interest to anyone who needs to present data and results in tables. It will look at good and poor practice, including a critique of some published tables

Thursday 10th December 2020 13:30 - 14:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

SPSS: 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 and tables
Thursday 22nd October 2020 13:30 - 14:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

SPSS: Creating and editing graphs in SPSS

This is a computer-led workshop that follows on from the 'Getting started in SPSS' workshop. It will show you how to create some simple graphs in SPSS and how to edit them

Thursday 29th October 2020 13:30 - 14:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

SPSS: Simple tests in SPSS

This workshop covers the use of the t-test and chi-squared test to analyse data

Thursday 5th November 2020 13:30 - 14:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

SPSS: Analysis of variance 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
Thursday 12th November 2020 13:30 - 14:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

SPSS: Further ANOVA in SPSS

This workshop covers the analysis of repeated measures data using ANOVA

Thursday 19th November 13:30 - 14:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

SPSS: 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
Tuesday 26th November 2020 13:30 - 14:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

R: Ultra beginners 1

R is an incredibly flexible and useful piece of software for doing statistics but it requires a bit of work to get going. Our Ultra beginners workshops are designed to get you through that first stage.


For this workshop we will start at the very beginning with R. The only pre-requisite is to have downloaded the software (we can provide support with this before the workshop). If you have never used R before, this is the place to start.


We will cover:


- The difference between R and RStudio
- The console, scripts and typing commands
- Defining objects
- The difference between objects and functions
- Using some functions in R

Friday 30th October 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

R: Ultra beginners 2

This workshop is designed to continue directly on from part 1.

We will cover

- Handling different types of objects, vectors, matrices, arrays, lists, factors
- Installing and using packages
- Using data frame objects


If you would like to cover this material but are unable to attend part 1, please get in touch via mash@sheffield.ac.uk

Friday 6th November 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

R: Refresher and practice for beginners

This workshop is designed to continue on from “R for ultra beginners part 2” but will also be suitable for participants who are beginners in R but who have a little experience in coding.

Pre-requisites:
- R and RStudio downloaded and ready to use
- Understand how to define objects and call functions in R

(if you need help with these pre-requisites we recommend our “R for ultra beginners part 1 and 2” workshops. If you are unable to attend parts 1 and 2 you might find a 1:1 appointment with MASH useful. You can book one here)

We will cover:
- Getting data into R
- Manipulating a data frame in R
- Writing a function in R
- Saving your data
- How to continue learning R

Friday 13th November 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

R: Introduction to data visualisation in R

In this workshop we will look at principles of good practice in data display and then look at how to produce graphs and charts using R.

Pre-requisites:
- R and RStudio downloaded and ready to use
- Understand how to define objects and call functions in R

If you need help with these pre-requisites we recommend our “R for ultra beginners” workshops. If you are unable to attend, you might find a 1:1 appointment with MASH useful. You can book one here. If you are unsure and would like some advice please get in touch via mash@sheffield.ac.uk

Friday 20th November 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

R: Common statistical tests 1

This workshop will show you how to undertake some common statistical tests in R

Friday 27th November 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

R: Common statistical tests 2

This workshop will show you how to undertake some more common statistical tests in R

Friday 4th December 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

R: Common statistical tests refresher and practice

This workshop will enable you to practise analysing data using some common statistical tests in R

Friday 11th December 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

R: Correlation and regression in R

This workshop will enable you to undertake correlation and regression analyses in R

Friday 18th December 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

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.

Wednesday 7th October 2020 14:00 - 15:30 Blackboard Collaborate Book here
Wednesday 18th November 2020 10:30 - 12:00 Blackboard Collaborate Book here

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 301: Academic Skills 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