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Loughborough University

Mathematics Learning Support Centre

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Workshop programme 2017/2018 (semester one)

Details of workshop dates are given in the following table; information regarding workshop content can be seen below.

You do not need to book to attend these workshops, but places are limited so you need to arrive in good time.

Workshop schedule
Workshop TitleDate and Location
Employers’ numeracy testing
(Level 1)

Wed 1 November 2017, 14:00-14:50, SCH1.01 (Schofield Building)

Employers’ numeracy testing
(Level 2)
Wed 8 November 2017, 14:00-14:50, SCH.1.01 (Schofield Building)
Employers’ numeracy testing
(Level 3)
Wed 15 November 2017, 14:00-14:50, SCH.1.01 (Schofield Building)

Introduction to Excel


Part 1

Wed 22 November 2017, 14:00-14:50, U0.07 (Brockington Building)
Part 2 Wed 29 November 2017, 14:00-14:50, U.007 (Brockington Building)
Typing mathematics Not available in Semester 1
Workshop content

Below are descriptions of all the workshops that run in this series. Not all workshops run every semester, but the descriptions are kept here for information. The timetable above indicates which workshops are running in the current semester.

How to make your calculator work for you

These workshops are open to first and second year students with mathematics or statistics in their course, but who have not studied mathematics beyond GCSE level. They will focus on the efficient use of a 2-line scientific calculator from the University’s approved list. The workshop will also provide guidance on buying a suitable calculator.

There are two versions of this workshop: one focusing on mathematics and the other on statistics.

Employers’ numeracy testing

These workshops are aimed at improving students’ confidence with employers’ numeracy tests. The series of three workshops is aimed at final year students.

There are 3 levels offered; you may attend any number of these, as appropriate for your background and requirements.

Level 1

This workshop is aimed at final year students who have not done any mathematics as part of their studies at Loughborough.  If you feel out of practice or have any concerns about your numerical abilities, you will be particularly welcome.

The workshop will focus on the aims of numeracy tests, how to prepare for them, pre-requisite skills you should have and can practice, as well as looking at typical questions.  The workshop will also cover resources and strategies for improving confidence. Particular topics will include quick ways without a calculator, simple percentages, simple fractions and decimals and ratio.

Note that this workshop is not appropriate for students who have studied modules with any mathematics content.

Level 2

This workshop is designed for final year students who have studied some mathematics in their course, feel more confident with the basics or attended level 1.

The workshop will focus on more difficult problems with fractions, decimals and percentages, reverse percentages, data analysis and graphs.

Level 3

This workshop is designed for final year students who have studied mathematics in their course, feel confident with numeracy or have attended level 2.

The workshop will focus on more complicated problems that require filtering of relevant information and the development of approaches and strategies for such questions.

Introduction to Excel

This pair of workshops introduces aspects of Excel spreadsheets. It will be of particular interest to those students who use spreadsheets in their course. The pair of workshops will cover basic spreadsheets, inputting formulae, using the functions, graphs and conditional formatting.

This workshop is open to all students.

Graphing with Geogebra

This workshop introduces ideas of linear graphs and their equations. In particular it will focus on gradient and intercept. The workshop will also cover graphs of common functions, exploring their shapes and equations.

This workshop is open to all students.

Typing mathematics

This workshop will focus on the use of Equation Writer for use with Word documents in Microsoft Office. It will explore the range of symbols and formatting available and how to work within the Word document. The workshop will also consider MathCast, which works independently of word documents.

This workshop is suitable for students who need to write some mathematics in their coursework, dissertation or project but do not study mathematics or physics.

Enquiries to eureka@lboro.ac.uk