Lectures

Lecture

A lecture normally lasts 50 minutes and is held in a lecture room on campus. The lecturer may talk on a number of topics, writing notes on the blackboard or overhead projector. You will need to put in quite a lot of work of your own outside the lecture times to grasp fully what has been covered. The tutorial system exists partly to help with problems arising from lectures that you cannot resolve.

Personal tutors

Personal tutors

Each mathematics student is assigned a tutor who:

 

  • is your first point of contact with the university administration
  • can put you in touch with Student Services which includes Wellbeing Services, Money Advice and Support, Residential Services, Disability Office, International Student Advisory Service and English Language Training Service
  • will advise and monitor your academic progress
  • is the person to see if you are stuck on a problem which you have been set
  • will provide references when it comes to applying to jobs

Tutorials

Tutorials

A tutorial is a meeting between the tutor and a small number of students. As well as answering specific queries, tutors may use the time to give a different slant on the topics you have studied in lectures, or to discuss other aspects of mathematics. Tutorials can also be useful in helping you to develop interpersonal skills and to prepare for examinations. In addition you should use the tutorials to develop communication and presentation skills.

Self studying

Reading room

In addition to lectures and tutorials, you will have to spend a lot of time studying on your own. The library as well as the Departmental Reading Room provides a lot of computer based support as well as books suitable for your modules.