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New Community Project resources 01 April 2016

Posted 1st April 2016

Short Numerical Reasoning Revision Leaflets

Eleanor Lingham, Sheffield Hallam University

I would like to thank the sigma Network for a 2014 Resource Development Fund grant that enabled me to develop a bank of 24 leaflets to help undergraduates refresh their numerical skills. In my previous role at De Montfort University (DMU), I started a numerical reasoning workshop (with Ann Baughan, Careers) to help students prepare for graduate numerical reasoning tests. While running these workshops, and in my role at the DMU Maths Learning Centre, I noticed that many students had forgotten the key numerical skills needed to do well on these tests.

As a result, I began to write materials to help them quickly and effectively refresh their knowledge. When I received the sigma grant, I was able to develop a bank of 24 leaflets on the range of topics that often arise in numerical reasoning tests, such as bar charts, shares and dividends, foreign exchange. For ease of use, each leaflet is two pages long, and contains brief information and some worked examples. Where more space is needed, these bite-sized leaflets are aimed at particular skills (e.g. How to get X% of Y). While these leaflets may not contain enough detail and help for every student, I think they can be a useful revision step for the average undergraduate.

The leaflets are:

    1. Percentages, fractions and decimals
    2. What is X% of Y
    3. What percentage of Y is X
    4. X is Y% of what
    5. Percentage increase and decrease
    6. What is the change in percentage
    7. Bar charts
    8. Composite bar charts
    9. Pie charts
    10. Line graphs
    11. Histograms
    12. Double charts
    13. Tables
    14. Split tables
    15. Ratios
    16. Pricing or Cost Analysis
    17. Turnover or Revenue or Sales
    18. Shares and Dividends
    19. Currency and Foreign Exchange
    20. Profit
    21. Yield or Production
    22. Speed and Distance
    23. Timetables and Timings
    24. Averages

I would also like to thank Dr Julie Crowley (Cork Institute of Technology) for moderating the leaflets. They can be found on (Search by topic or 'Lingham'). Please send any comments to me at

If you would like to contribute any mathematics or statistics resources that you have developed to either mathcentre or statstutor, please contact  There is further information on the Communities page of both websites.

New Community Project resources for pharmacy students 18 November 2014

Posted 18th November 2014

Two new resources for pharmacy and health science students have been contributed to the mathcentre Community Project by Abigail Francis from Liverpool John Moores University.  Abi was a sigma funded intern at LJMU this summer.

The Quick reference leaflet resources are:

  • Pharmacy calculation 1: Solid trituration
  • Pharmacy calculations II: Isotonicity

They may be accessed here

As with all mathcentre Community Project resources, the source files have been made available under a Creative Commons licence so that others may adapt and develop resources further. See here

If you would like to contribute any mathematics or statistics resources that you have developed to either mathcentre or statstutor, please contact  There is further information on the Communities page of both websites.

New Welsh language Fact & Formulae leaflet 24 October 2014

Posted 24th October 2014

A fourth Welsh language Fact & Formulae leaflet, Mwy o Ffeithiau a Fformwlâu  (More Facts & Formulae) has been made available in mathcentre in both print and onscreen versions

The Welsh language versions of  mathcentre Facts & Formulae leaflets were translated by Dr Tudur Davies, a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Lecturer of Mathematics, at the Institute of Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science, Aberystwyth University. Funding from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is gratefully acknowledged.

new mathcentre Community Project resources 18 September 2014

Posted 18th September 2014

New resources have been contributed to the mathcentre Community Project:

The SOURCE files are also available should you wish to develop the resources further.

DEWIS formative assessment questions available in mathcentre 23 October 2013

Posted 23rd October 2013

DEWIS  is a free-to-use open-source e-assessment web-based system developed at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE). It uses an algorithmic approach to the generation (with random parameters), automated marking and feedback of the questions, all within a server based system.  It is used both for formative and summative assessment in a wide range of fields, such as Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Business, Economics, Computing and Nursing.  A Public Question Bank of over 200 questions, designed and coded by a number of different authors, is available. Several formative tests have been constructed for mathcentre by Karen Henderson and Rhys Gwynllyw.  Click here for access.  

If you are interested in using DEWIS in your teaching or want more information about the system, please contact

Welsh language Fact & Formulae leaflets 03 October 2013

Posted 3rd October 2013

Three Welsh language Fact & Formulae leaflets have been made available in mathcentre in both print and onscreen versionsThey are:

  • Ffeithiau a Fformwlâu  - Facts & Formulae
  • Ffeithiau a Fformiwlâu  Mecaneg  - Mechanics Facts & Formulae
  • Ffeithiau Tebygoleg ac Ystadegaeth, Fformiwlâu a Gwybodaeth  - Probability and Statistics Facts, Formulae and Information

The mathcentre leaflets were translated by Dr Tudur Davies, a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Lecturer of Mathematics, at the Institute of Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science, Aberystwyth University. Funding from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is gratefully acknowledged.

The rest of the leaflets in this series (More Facts & Formulae, Mathematics for Chemistry and Economics) will also be available in Welsh in the near future.

Welsh language versions of the Algebra and Calculus Practice and Revision booklets are also available from mathcentre. 

To access the Welsh language leaflets click here.

New mathcentre and statstutor leaflets 28 May 2013

Posted 28th May 2013

New leaflets are available for mathcentre and statstutor showing the range of resources that are available for staff to support students in their learning of mathematics and statistics in a range of disciplines.  If you are based in a UK Higher Education institution and would like to receive printed copies for display in your mathematics and statistics support centre, please contact Click here to access the mathcentre leaflet or the statstutor leaflet online.


Nursing Medication Calculation Formulae 10 April 2013

Posted 10th April 2013

A new Fact & Formula sheet for nursing students including dosage, drop and infusion rates, unit conversion and BMI calculations has been contributed to the mathcentre Community Project by Shazia Ahmed, University of Glasgow.  It has been designed to be printed double-sided on an A4 sheet folded lengthwise. To access the leaflet click here.

Numbas 06 November 2012

Posted 6th November 2012

Numbas(1) is a new, free, open-source e-assessment web-based system developed and used extensively at Newcastle University ( Numbas consists of a set of tools which produce SCORM-compliant exam packages particularly suitable for creating formative assessment and learning materials in mathematics, statistics and numeracy.

Numbas at mathcentre

A publicly-accessible installation of the Numbas editor, with a growing bank of over 300 questions free for you to use or modify or add to by creating your own questions/tests/exams is now also available at mathcentre.

Numbas revision and diagnostic exercises for students on basic topics in mathematics are accessible from mathcentre. Click here.

Numbas  has the following features:

  • Numbas produces entirely self-contained assessment packages, which run in the browser with no extra software requirements. Numbas assessments can be uploaded to any SCORM 2004-compliant VLE, such as Blackboard or Moodle, to enable session and grade tracking.
  • Because Numbas is written entirely in client-side JavaScript, there is no requirement for a backend server, and exams can be deployed with very little effort, whether over the web, through a VLE, or on physical media such as DVDs or USB keys.
  • Numbas follows web standards and runs on all modern browsers -Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, as well as mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone and Android.
  • All question content can be randomised, and multimedia content such as videos can easily be incorporated.
  • Because Numbas is used primarily for assessing undergraduate mathematics, there is extensive support for mathematical questions, including a comprehensive library of functions for generating randomised questions, and an easy-to-use algebraic input question type.
  • The look and feel of exams can be tailored to suit each use case through the themes system.
  • Extra functionality can be added with extensions, which are easily incorporated with the main system.

Numbas is released under the Apache 2.0 License. You can obtain the source code for the Numbas runtime and the question editor at github. Click here.

If you have any comments or questions about Numbas, please send an e-mail to

  1. Foster, B.,  Perfect, C.  and Youd, A.  A completely client-side approach to e-assessment and e-learning of Mathematics and Statistics

biomathtutor available in mathcentre 11 October 2012

Posted 11th October 2012

biomathtutor presents students with a filmed bioscience-based scenario and guides them through some of the mathematics they need to understand and grow confident and competent in using routinely. The case-study scenario, covering practical aspects of haematology and microbiology, is presented via a narrated film, 24 min in length, but divided up into short sections. The film tracks the diagnosis and treatment of a student with anaemia and a throat infection and links the clinical findings and diagnoses to 33 interactive questions and relevant maths tutorials. An additional 24 interactive questions cover the same range of basic mathematical concepts presented in similar biological contexts, with a view to reinforcing students' learning. biomathtutor is available for Windows and Internet Explorer.

biomathtutor was developed in 2006 by  Vicki Tariq (University of Central Lancashire), John Heritage and Tom Roper (University of Leeds), Andrew Bond (University of Westminster),  Mike Tribe (University of Sussex) and the EBS Trust.  It was funded by HEFCE through its National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

How to set up a mathematics and support provision 23 August 2012

Posted 23rd August 2012

A new sigma guide how to set up a mathematics and statistics support provision has been produced for those interested in setting up or enhancing mathematics and statistics support. Authored and edited by Ciarán Mac an Bhaird and Duncan Lawson, the guide covers the nature of mathematics and statistics support, funding, staffing, training, resources, supporting neurodiversity and evaluation.  To access the guide, click here.

Launch of statstutor 08 May 2012

Posted 8th May 2012

We are pleased to announce that statstutor is now live and can be found at:

This is a new online resource aimed at providing post-16 Statistics help free of charge. The main aim of statstutor is to complement the existing mathematics support provided by mathcentre and indeed both sites are organised in a very similar way.

statstutor has been developed as a pilot project by staff from Loughborough and Coventry Universities with support from the sigma network, along with contributions from the Royal Statistical Society's Centre for Statistical Education and a number of other colleagues from other HE institutions in the UK.

If you would like to be kept informed of the latest developments with statstutor, or would like to make comments about the site or the resources listed there, do please go to the “Contact us” section on the site or simply go to

Maths EG Teacher's interface 30 April 2012

Posted 30th April 2012

The Maths EG teacher's interface is available at:

This resource is for teachers and lecturers, not for students. Teachers need to sign up and login to the system, after which they may use it to compose their own tests by selecting (specifically or randomly) questions from the entire database of questions. We hope that this is as easy as shopping on Amazon, but we have included a set of instructions linked from the title page. Please make frequent use of this - it will give your students access to about 2000 questions that have (mostly) been tested over several years. Our experience has been that students learn a great deal and we have hard evidence to back that up!

Further developments will take place over the next few months, so please email your feedback using the link on the Maths EG title page.

A Guide for gathering student feedback on mathematics and statistics support centres 07 February 2012

Posted 7th February 2012

A new sigma guide Gathering student feedback on mathematics and statistics support provision - a guide for those running mathematics support centres - has been written for those who are responsible for managing mathematics support centres. It is the culmination of a project involving staff from many support centres around the UK. Authored by Dr David Green, Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University, it contains a wealth of advice and information for those who want to gather student feedback, and contains examples of forms which are currently being used. Access the guide here

Tutoring in a Mathematics Support Centre - A Guide for Postgraduate Tutors 03 November 2011

Posted 3rd November 2011

A new Sigma guide Tutoring in a Mathematics Support Centre - A Guide for Postgraduate Tutors has been written for postgraduate students who are working in, or who want to work in, mathematics support centres. It distils the wisdom of seven people, who have many years of experience in mathematics education and in the work of support centres, into a practical resource for postgraduate students. In addition, it contains activities which can be used during training sessions to simulate working in a mathematics support centre. Access the guide here

Maths EG available in mathcentre! 02 November 2011

Posted 2nd November 2011

Maths EG is a free-to-use collection of over 3000 mathematics questions spanning topics from GCSE to undergraduate level 2.  There are thousands of realisations of each question allowing for virtually unlimited practice.  Random parameters are incorporated into all aspects of the questions, including equations and diagrams, and in the very complete feedback screens.  Statistics questions will follow shortly.  Maths EG has been made available to mathcentre by Martin Greenhow and Abdulrahman Kamavi from Brunel University.  

The questions have been extensively trialled at Brunel University with students from departments as diverse as economics, sports sciences and health studies, as well as engineering, mathematics and computing.  The experience at Brunel has been that students use the Maths EG feedback as a learning resource in its own right.  It was therefore decided to offer this formative assessment resource more widely and via a new and fully-searchable interface that will work on all browsers.  It is hoped that mobile devices will be accommodated later. The free Maths EG Teachers' interface has also been implemented to enable teachers/lecturers to set up their own tests by the selecting the questions they want.

To access Maths EG, click here

To access Maths EG Teachers' interface, click here

mathscard released as a free mobile phone app 15 March 2011

Posted 15th March 2011

The award winning mathscard® containing really useful formulae for A-level maths and revision has been released as a free mobile phone app working on over 150 devices. Find out more....

mathscard® covers both A2 and A-level topics.   Find out more....

How do you use mathcentre? 25 January 2011

Posted 25th January 2011

We are carrying out some research into mathcentre.  We are interested in who uses mathcentre and whether there are any resources that you need that are missing or you cannot find.  We would be very grateful if you would complete a very short survey.  It contains only 7 questions and should take no more than two minutes.

Click here to take the mathcentre survey

Facts & Formulae leaftlets - onscreen versions 24 January 2011

Posted 24th January 2011

All seven Facts & Formulae leaflets have been reformatted so that they are in the correct orientation for use onscreen.

The leaflets, which contain  useful subject related facts and mathematics formulae, are produced by mathcentre in conjunction with the Higher Education Academy Maths, Stats & OR Network, the UK Physical Sciences Centre, and sigma.  

Practising mathematics in mathcentre 16 December 2010

Posted 16th December 2010

mathcentre contains a vast amount of material to enable understanding to be checked through doing examples.  This could be particularly useful during preparation for examinations.  The following resources contain questions with solutions:

  • Practise and Revision booklets contain a huge number of questions to practise algebra, differentiation, calculus and numeracy skills.  Answers are provided.  There is also an interactive version of the Algebra booklet with dynamic links to other mathcentre resources for revision.
  • Teach Yourself booklets cover topics in depth and are interspersed with short exercises with answers.
  • 12 Teach Yourself booklets for differentiation and integration have been linked to the STACK[1] system which enables students to practice on-line appropriate randomly generated questions with worked solutions.  Repeated attempts are allowed.
  • On-line Test Yourself Exercises for a variety of topics allow students to practice examples and obtain solutions.  On-line Test Yourself Diagnostics on the same topics do not provide answers but allow you to determine your competency in a topic through short tests.
  • Quick Reference leaflets are easily accessible double-sided leaflets on specific topics and contain short exercises with solutions.

[1] STACK - System for Teaching and Assessment using a Computer Algebra Kernel system developed by Dr Chris Sangwin at the University of Birmingham

Chemistry Facts & Formulae 11 November 2010

Posted 11th November 2010

A new Facts & Formulae leaflet is available - Mathematics for Chemistry Facts & Formulae.  UK University academic and support staff can obtain copies by emailing  An electronic version may be downloaded here.  There are now seven leaflets in the very popular series which is produced by mathcentre in conjunction with the Higher Education Academy Maths, Stats & OR Network, the UK Physical Sciences Centre, and sigma.  Useful subject related facts and mathematics formulae are printed on both sides of a sheet which folds for ease of use. 

sigma Resource Development Workshop 11 November 2010

Posted 11th November 2010

sigma is planning a workshop on 28 - 30 June 2011 for the development of mathematics support resources.  Delegates will be able to create resources in a number of formats and technical support will be available.  The intention is that resources will be made available to the mathematics community through the mathcentre Community Project.  More

mathcentre Mirror site 21 October 2010

Posted 21st October 2010

mathcentre ( is hosted by Loughborough University.  A mirror site has now been installed at Coventry University.  If you experience technical problems and are unable to access, you may access the mirror site directly

Motivating Mathematics ! 28 September 2010

Posted 28th September 2010

The popular mathtutor extension videos are now available on mathcentre.  These show examples of mathematics being applied in everyday life and how mathematical modelling may be used to predict events.

A separate resource category called Motivating Mathematics has been created. Select  Motivating Mathematics - Topics to see the topics that are covered. 

STACK on mathcentre 23 April 2010

Posted 23rd April 2010

A feature of the upgraded mathcentre site is the availability of on-line computer generated exercises covering topics in differentiation and integration.

These make use of the STACK stack icon (System for Teaching and Assessment using a Computer Algebra Kernel) system developed by Dr Chris Sangwin at the University of Birmingham. With funding from the FETLAR project we have added links to many of the Teach Yourself booklets so that students can find many additional practice questions. These are generated randomly. Students then work out and input their answers. Student answers are then  validated to ensure that the computer system understands correctly the student's intention, before the attempt is marked. Full worked solutions are available. Repeated attempts are possible. Similar questions can be attempted for further practice.

To find STACK exercises look for those Teach Yourself booklets on Differentiation and Integration entitled "with STACK", or use the search facility, and search for "STACK". 

stack icon

Welcome to mathcentre 06 April 2010

Posted 6th April 2010

The popular site for mathematics resources, mathcentre ( has been upgraded with funding from JISC. 

Search facilities have been enhanced to make it easier for you to find the resources you need.  Video tutorials, diagnostics and exercises have been reversioned addressing the technical problems that some users were encountering. New resources have been added. 

We hope you enjoy using the new mathcentre.  Let us know what you think.

mathcentre Community Project 05 April 2010

Posted 5th April 2010

We are delighted to announce the mathcentre Community Project which has been developed to enable users to contribute resources they have developed to mathcentre as 2-page teach-yourself Quick Reference leaflets.

Resources may be submitted on Microsoft Word or LaTeX templates and must be reviewed to ensure correctness.  To download blank templates and for more information on this exciting development, see Communities.

mathtutor - upgraded site goes live! 22 March 2010

Posted 22nd March 2010

mathtutor has been upgraded with support from JISC.

Bridging the gap from school to university study, mathtutor uses video tutorials and accompanying summary texts to cover more than eighty mathematics topics arranged in seven subject areas.  Work through the materials at your own pace. Practice using the excercises and test your knowledge with the diagnostics.


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