Sometimes the maths skills needed for some subjects may be a surprise for students who were not aware that maths would be involved, for example drug calculations for nurses or statistics for marketing.
Tackling the language of Maths
- Read the problem in its entirety.
- List the variables.
- Define what you need, including the units of measurement.
- Look for key words.
- Know the vocabulary of calculating (increased by, per, less than) and the associated operator (addition, division, subtraction).
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Coping with Maths anxiety
Being a little anxious is normal; even professors will admit to it! Maths anxiety is a learned response and can be un-learned. The resources and links on this page may help you to feel more confident with your maths skills.
General numeracy skills
Other university resources
- Victoria University's Maths learning hub. Our review [PDF 410KB].
- RMIT's Maths learning lab. Our review [PDF 408KB].
Revising specific topics
- Khan Academy's library of Maths videos. Our review [PDF 374KB].
- Maths online: online Maths tutor. Our review [PDF 304KB].
- Math help and learning. Our review [PDF 281KB].
Free online courses
- Free online courses at edx.org. Our review [PDF 285KB].
- Free online courses at coursera.org. Our review [PDF191KB].
- Free online courses at udacity.com. Our review [PDF 280KB].
- iTunes U. Our review [PDF 359KB].
- testandcalc.com: medical drug calculations. Our review [PDF 281KB].
- Nursing calculations resources from RMIT. Our review [PDF 203 KB].
Math and Numeracy Skills
Reading and Writing
Subject Related Skills