Mathematics Exam Advice

  • The first piece of advice is to read questions carefully. Don’t glance at a question and go off writing: take a moment to understand what you have been asked to do.
  • Don’t use tippex; instead draw a simple line(s) through work that you think is incorrect. 
  • For equations, check your solution by substituting your solution into the original equation. If your answer is wrong and you know it is wrong: write that on your script.

If you do have time at the end of the exam, go through each of your answers and ask yourself:

  1. have I answered the question that was asked?
  2. does my answer make sense? If no, say so, and then try and fix your solution.
  3. check your answer (e.g. for a fitted curve or beam function, input values and see do they make sense; substitute your solution into equations; check your answer against a rough estimate; or what a picture is telling you; etc). If your answer is wrong, say so, and then try and fix your solution.

Student Feedback

You are invited to give your feedback on my teaching and this module here.

Tutorial Split

I am not sure what is going on with Leonard’s classes but I will be present this Friday, tomorrow 6 December for tutorials in A243L (11:00) and A213B (12:00).

Week 12

On Monday we finished off Chapter 4 by looking at Error Analysis. Better exercises than the book here (including corrections to the sheet handed out in class). We then had over two and a half hours of tutorial time for lectures, and another tutorial on Friday.

Week 13

The exam is on the morning of Friday Week 13 which means that I cannot give ye (Friday) tutorials in Week 13.

In the lecture slots (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday), I will go through Q. 1-2, 4 of Sample Paper I. Then I will answer any questions. If there are none I will help one-to-one. Usual class times and locations.

Any remaining time can be given over to tutorials, including questions about Q. 3 of Sample Papers I and II.

Academic Learning Centre

If you are a little worried about your maths this semester, perhaps after the Quick Test or in general, I would just like to remind you about the Academic Learning Centre. Most students received slips detailing areas of maths that they should brush up on. The timetable is here.

CIT Mathematics Exam Papers

These are not always found in your programme selection — most of the time you will have to look here.


Please feel free to ask me questions about the exercises via email or even better on this webpage — especially those of us who struggled in the test.

Student Resources

Please see the Student Resources tab on the top of this page for information on the Academic Learning Centre, etc.