To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
Your Launchpad sessions
The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.
You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
We don’t recommend that you rush out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we recommend that all Mathematics trainees do some background reading on the teaching of mathematics in schools.
We suggest the following texts:
- Teaching mathematics in the secondary school (Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher), by Paul Chambers, and Robert Timlin, 2019.
- Learning to Teach Mathematics in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience (Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series), by Sue Johnston-Wilder, Peter Johnston-Wilder, David Pimm and Clare Lee. 2010.
Free online course
This FREE course will support students in making the transition to university as smooth as possible, through consolidation of essential A level Mathematics skills across a wide range of the subject content. The course enables students to learn more about topics they will meet in their first-year studies and provides opportunities to explore topics in greater depth using suggestions for wider reading.Access the free online course
Keeping up to date with the latest developments in the Education world is a great way to prepare for your course. Here are some websites that you will be useful, you should also try and find some good websites of your own:
We have created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for your course and enhance your professional profile.
We recommend that you keep your responses and notes together in a portfolio of pre-course work as they may well come in useful in the future.
Task one – Self evaluation
During the course you will complete a subject knowledge audit and file for mathematics taught at GCSE and A Level. So, using the resources that are available on The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) you can evaluate your understanding of the mathematics you will be teaching and explore ideas on how to develop. Visit the NCETM website to get started.
Task two – Developing your knowledge
Here are some useful resources for your to use to start to develop your knowledge prior to starting your programme.
Task three – Preparing to study mathematics
Throughout the course you will study mathematics at degree level which covers key areas of pure mathematics relating to Linear Algebra, Algebraic Structure, and Calculus. You will also study Inferential Statistics, Statistical Modelling and Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics. As a direct entrant student into year 2 of the programme we suggest that you have a look through the following:
- Revisit common calculus topics in any A Level textbook you may already have such as: Differentiating using: the chain rule, the product rule and the quotient rule; and integrating using: by-parts, substitution, and reverse of the Chain rule. Also other topics such as: angle identities, double angles and compound angles.
- Read: Schaum’s Outline of Discrete Mathematics by Seymour Lipschutz
- Read: An Introduction to Algebraic Structures, by Joseph Landin
At Edge Hill we support the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics, so you will certainly need access to a graphical calculator which you will be able to borrow from the Catalyst building when you join the course.
Meet your course leader:
Additional ways to prepare
Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.
This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.Use this link to join the session
University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.
We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.