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More advanced help with maths

If you are studying at level 2 or 3, you might struggle with the level of skill assumed by your module material. The 'Maths for Science and Technology' booklet covers some of the most common areas of difficulty, namely indices, solving equations, scientific notation, units, significant figures, basic trigonometry and logarithms. It follows on from the 'Sciences Good Study Guide' (which is available from the OU WorldWide online shop) and assumes that you have read this.

Spend about 20 minutes working on the area that gives you most trouble, making sure to complete the activities to check your understanding.

The OU booklet 'Maths for Science and Technology' gives you further information on this subject.

OU websites

  • Use Skill Math for links to mathematics study skills resources.
  • Mathematical study skills - guidance for Level 2 and 3 students on reading and writing maths, plus strategies for tackling problems.

Finally, just for a spot of fun, if you need reassurance about how easy and straightforward maths can be, get some tips from American comedian and mathematician, Tom Lehrer on 'New Math' on YouTube.