Always Learning

Advanced Search

How to Improve your Maths Skills

How to Improve your Maths Skills

2nd Edition

Steve Lakin

Jun 2011, Paperback, 224 pages
ISBN13: 9780273770022
ISBN10: 0273770020
For orders to USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan visit your local Pearson website
Special online offer - Save 10%
Was 10.99, Now 9.89Save: 1.10
  • Print pagePrint page
  • Email this pageEmail page
  • Share

This easy-to-use guide identifies and addresses the areas where most students need help with basic mathematical problems that occur in everyday life and academic study and provides straightforward, practical tips and solutions that will enable you to assess and then improve your performance.

Preface and acknowledgements
How to use this book
Times tables


1 - Basic Arithmetic and the “BODMAS” rule. Getting used to basic arithmetic and simple calculations, and making sure you perform them correctly

2 - Negative numbers. Understanding negative numbers and dealing with them accurately.

3 – Fractions. Understanding what fractions mean and being able to manipulate them correctly.

4 – Percentages, ratios and proportions. Using percentages and ratios to describe and compare values.

5 – Decimals, decimal places and significant figures. Using decimal numbers and rounding numbers to a certain number of decimal places.

6 – Scientific notation. Representing very small and very large numbers using scientific notation

7 - Indices. Writing repeated multiplications easily, roots and the laws of powers.


8 – An introduction to algebra. Using symbols to represent numbers and an introduction to algebra

9 – Brackets in algebra. Using brackets in algebraic expressions

10 – Solving linear equations. Solving simple equations using algebra.

11 - Transposition and algebraic fractions. Rearranging expressions using basic rules of algebra.

12 - Simultaneous equations. Solving two equations at the same time.


13 – Presentation of data. Using various types of graphs and charts to illustrate data visually.

14 – Measures of location and dispersion. Working out “averages” and a measure of the spread of a set of data.

15 - Straight Lines. Linear data and calculating the equation of a straight line.

16 – Introduction to probability. Working out probabilities - the chances of something happening

Other topics

17 – Areas and volumes. Calculating the areas and volumes of basic shapes

18 – Logarithms. Calculating logarithms - the opposite of powers

19 – Quadratic equations. Solving equations involving powers of x.

20 – Trigonometry. Calculations with triangles, including angles and trigonometric functions.

21 – Inequalities and basic logic. Using mathematical symbols to represent inequalities and basic logical concepts

Further work on our website

How to Improve your Maths Skills provides all of the tips, tools and techniques that you need to build your confidence and improve your results with mathematical problems and research, including:

· How to use basic arithmetic and perform simple calculations

· How to feel more confident using algebra effectively to abbreviate your calculations and equations

· How to present mathematical data clearly in your research, using graphs & charts

· How to conquer any fears of maths and understand its importance and relevance to your study and everyday life.