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. if you are looking at something general, look at a special case; 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.

Academic Learning Centre

I would urge anyone having any problems with material that isn’t being addressed in the tutorials to use the Academic Learning Centre. You will get best results if you come to the helpers there with specific questions.

CIT Mathematics Exam Papers

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


This section exists to host links to some NUMBAS exercises. At the moment these exercises are sent to students who took diagnostic tests and failed to answer correctly key questions.

I did not write these questions: if there are any problems with them just drop me a comment below.

did write the questions in this so please comment if you find any problems:

Math.Stack Exchange

If you find yourself stuck and for some reason feel unable to ask me the question you could do worse than go to the excellent site If you are nice and polite, and show due deference to these principles you will find that your questions are answered promptly.

Maths Online & Wolfram Alpha

If you are doing a Mathematics or Statistics module in CIT then you should automatically be subscribed to Maths Online on Canvas where you will have free access to the mathematical software package Maple.

You can download Maple by clicking on “Download Mathematical and Statistical SOFTWARE” and following the instructions under the Maple item.

I myself am not a Maple expert but ‘grew up’ with another mathematical software package MathematicaMathematica powers the “computational knowledge engine” WolframAlpha. Go on ask it a question!

Additional Notes: E-Books

If you look in the module descriptor, you will see there is some suggested reading. Of course I think my notes are perfect but if you can look here, you will see that the library have an E-Book resource.


Please note the following taken from the CIT code of conduct for CIT examination candidates:

Where a pocket calculator is used it must be silent, self-powered and non-programmable. 

It may not be passed from one candidate to another. Instructions for its use may not be 
brought into the Examination Hall. 
The term ‘programmable’ includes any calculator that is capable of storing a sequence of 
keystrokes that can be retrieved after the calculator is turned off or powers itself off. Note that the 
capacity to recall, edit and replay previously executed calculations does not render a calculator 
programmable, provided that this replay memory is automatically cleared when the calculator is 
powered off. Also, the facility to store numbers in one or more memory locations does not render 
a calculator programmable. 
Calculators with any of the following mathematical features are prohibited: 
• Graph plotting 
Equation solving 
• Symbolic algebraic manipulation 
• Numerical integration 
• Numerical differentiation 
• Matrix calculations 
Calculators with any of the following features are prohibited 
• Data Banks 
• Dictionaries 
• Language translators 
• Text retrieval 
• Capability of remote communication

CIT Department of Mathematics Reassessment Policy

Please see here. See here for Individual Extenuating Circumstances.  Here is the form for students to print and fill out.

Student Evaluations

MATH7021 Summer 2015Summer 2014

MATH7019 Winter 2015 Winter 2014

MATH6038 Summer 2014

MATH6037 Summer 2015

MATH6040 Summer 2014

MATH6015 Winter 2015 Winter 2014

MATH6000 Winter 2015 Winter 2014

Not sure what year but I have MATH6015, MATH7021, MS2001, MS3011 and a Textbook Appraisal from MATH7021 (Textbook in that it is critical — these are the evaluations that actually help).