Maths and Statistics

Improving your Numeracy

Do you feel you have forgotten your maths since leaving school? Do you worry about numbers and whether you can cope with the university course you have chosen?

 Would you like to:

  • regain your numerical confidence? 
  • practice your basic skills?
If the answer is yes to all these questions, then it is time to refresh your basic skills. Take a look at the topic areas in this Maths and Statistics resource for help and advice.

You may also find the Numeracy Refresher booklet useful to refresh your knowledge on the following topics:

  • decimals
  • fractions
  • approximations
  • averages
  • percentages
  • ratios

The BBC Bitesize website is primarily aimed at school children but is also very useful as a revision tool for basic skills. Suitable for foundation and first year students transitioning into university, it provides you with a refresher on a range of numeracy topics including:

  • place value
  • distance, speed and time
  • rounding and estimating
  • ratio and proportion
  • prime numbers, factors and multiples
  • powers and roots
  • decimals
  • positive and negative numbers
  • operations (calculations/sums)
  • fractions
  • percentages
  • looking after your finances
  • standard index form
If these two resources are too basic for your needs, go to the Extra resources section at the end of this book for more relevant help. The pages in this Maths and Statistics resource will also provide more specific support.