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Maths Support guides and worksheetsIn addition to the links and guidance on this page, we have a wide range of worksheets and links to video tutorials which can be accessed by University of Reading students via Blackboard Learn.

Log in with your University username and search for the Maths Support Centre in Course Search. You can enrol yourself for access to all of our resources, including printable worksheets on a range of topics, tests and exercises, links to online support, and material to help with revision.

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

Drop-in support for this test is available from the Maths Support tutors at the usual times.

We also 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. We hold workshops which give you practice in answering typical test questions (please bring a calculator).  No need to book - just turn up.

For practice test papers, visit the Maths Support Centre in the Library.

For further 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 help with statistics and probability questions, please come to the Maths Support Centre desk, where we can advise you on the best way to get the help you need. Alternatively, send an email to, describing the topic/s you need help with.

Depending on what the topic is that you need help with, we will either help you straight away or advise you when our specialist statistics tutor will next be available.

Additional help

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, try Googling "online SPSS tutorial video".

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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