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Maths Support guides and worksheets


To support your mathematical and statistical skills development, and find the right resources to help you, take a look at our Maths Support guide:

Additional resources

To access all the available resources, including printable worksheets on a range of topics, tests and exercises, links to online support, and material to help with revision, you will need to Self-enrol on Maths Support. Just follow these five steps:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Go to the ‘Help’ page and scroll down to ‘Central University Services’
  3. Click on the link Maths Support resources on Blackboard. The Maths Support organisation will open.
  4. Click on + Enrol to add yourself to the organisation, so you can access all of the resources. 

Once you are enrolled, Maths Support will be listed your Organisations page in Blackboard.

LinkedIn Learning also offers a wide range of courses and tutorials on a range of mathematical and statistical subjects. Explore LinkedIn Learning.

Other sources

  • Math Tutor has a wide range of short videos.
  • For more videos, visit the Khan Academy and choose the subject you want.
  • For a wide range of printable leaflets, visit Mathcentre and select the topic you want.

QTS numeracy skills test

We recommend:

Mark Patmore (2015). Passing the Numeracy Skills Test, 6th ed. London: Sage.
Available in the Library on the 2nd Floor at 372.720942-PAT.

For official information about the numeracy skills test (and other related information) provided by the  Department for Education, visit Professional Skills Tests.

These worksheets contain typical QTS test questions:

Help with... the chain rule

 Try this worksheet with tips and exercises to help you with Understanding the chain rule.

Help with... fractions

 A basic tutorial to develop your understanding of fractions:

Help with . . . partial differentiation

For help with understanding partial differentiation, there is a good explanation in this textbook:

Croft, A. and R. Davison (2010). Foundation Maths, Harlow: Pearson-Prentice Hall. 
There are many copies of this book in the Library on the 3rd Floor at 510-CRO.

There is also a very good explanation of partial differentiation in this text book:

Renshaw, G. (2012). Maths for Economics, 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
(see e.g. sections 14.5 and 14.6, on pages 401 to 410, with practice questions, and answers, also)
There are many copies of this book on the 2nd Floor of the Library at 330.182 REN.

Help with . . . psychometric tests

Applicants to many companies are now required to take numerical psychometric tests.

For practice questions, see:

Shavick, A. (2005). Practice Psychometric Tests. Oxford: How To.
There are several copies in the Library on the 3rd Floor, at 658.311 SHA.

For more test papers, visit this list of psychometric tests.

Help with . . . Statistics and Probability

For on-line help with a wide selection of statistics topics, visit StatsTutor

This chapter provides a useful Introduction to hypothesis testing

Information on analysis of variance (ANOVA) 

This page can help you decide which statistical analysis to use

For statistics books in the University library, visit this Statistics booklist

For help with SPSS or MINITAB, there may be support classes organised by individual lecturers for some modules.  Alternatively, take a look at the courses and tutorials available via LinkedIn Learning.  Explore LinkedIn Learning

Visit Sheffield University's page for help Checking normality in SPSS

For a very large collection of video tutorials on probability and statistical topics, visit Khan Academy and scroll down to the sections on 'Probability' and 'Statistics'. These topics are included:

  • Laws of probability
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Probability density functions
  • Binomial probability
  • Poisson probability
  • Standard deviation and variance
  • Expectation
  • Normal distribution

help with... solving mathematical problems 

Polya, G. (1957). How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method, 2nd ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Contains many useful hints and tips for solving mathematical problems. It can be found in the Library, on the 3rd Floor at 510.76-POL.

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