MASH 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
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
SPSS: Simple tests in SPSS
This workshop covers the use of the t-test and chi-squared test to analyse data
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:
SPSS: Further ANOVA in SPSS
This workshop covers the analysis of repeated measures data using ANOVA
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:
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.
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
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.
(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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
R: Common statistical tests 1
This workshop will show you how to undertake some common statistical tests in R
R: Common statistical tests 2
This workshop will show you how to undertake some more common statistical tests in R
R: Common statistical tests refresher and practice
This workshop will enable you to practise analysing data using some common statistical tests in R
R: Correlation and regression in R
This workshop will enable you to undertake correlation and regression analyses in R
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.
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.
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.
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