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Mathematics and statistics support

 CAPOD's maths and statistics support service allows undergraduate and taught postgraduate students from the university to come for free, confidential, one to one help with any mathematics or statistics based problem. ‌ ‌Image within Maths section.If you are confused by a particular topic, stuck on a problem, want to build confidence in your mathematical ability, or want to consult about experimental design or data analysis then why not make an appointment?

‌‌Students can receive support with the maths and stats components of courses taught in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Maths, Medicine, Physics, Psychology, Philosophy, and Geography & Geosciences.

CAPOD provides help with the following elements of Mathematics and Statistics.  Select your choice from the selection below, for more information.  If you can't find what you are looking for don't worry - we can help with almost anything maths and stats related.  Simply contact the CAPOD admin office to discuss (

1:1 appointments

You are welcome to book an appointment with one of the CAPOD mathematics and statistics tutors.

Our tutors are PhD students who have an excellent understanding of mathematics and statistics, and often lead tutorial groups within schools.  A 1:1 appointment is confidential and free. 

Who can be tutored?

  • Undergraduates
  • Taught postgraduates (Masters)
  • Tutoring services are NOT available to PGR (PhD) students

Getting the most from your appointment

To get the most from your appointment you should:

  • Be as specific as you can about what you would like help with. In the first instance you should make one appointment.  It is more efficient to choose the one or two topics that are the most important.

  • Bring your lecture notes/ textbooks/ tutorial notes along with you.

  • Expect to be treated as an independent learner. 

  • For this reason repeat appointments are usually limited to 3, at the discretion of the tutor.‌

You can book an appointment through our online system called TUTLINGS.  Please note: you will be required to register on the new system initially.   You should initially book one appointment; follow up appointments can be scheduled subsequently if required.

To arrange an appointment select the following ‘Appointment’ button:

 maths and stats button

N.B. If booking online over the weekend, please DO NOT make a Monday appointment. Our office does not open until Monday morning and therefore our staff will not be able to process your appointment in time.


Mathematics support

Mathematics features in many different subjects, and an understanding of the maths behind a subject can often greatly aid understanding of the subject itself. Our tutors are able to provide assistance with a wide array of topics, ranging from the fundamentals to more advanced mathematical concepts. The following are a non-exhaustive list of topics that we are able to help you with.

  • Fundamentals of mathematics;

  • Pure mathematics;

  • Applied mathematics;

  • Online resources.

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Statistics support

From basic descriptive statistics to inferential statistics there will be a statistical tool appropriate to use for any data situation. Here you will find information on the classification of your data, the appropriate analysis to employ, and the interpretation of such analysis. Please follow the links to find out about their use.

Please note, we are now able to offer a 20% discount for subscriptions to Laerd Stastics, who provide tutorials in SPSS software.  To obtain a code please email us.

  • Fundamentals of statistics;

  • Statistical tests;

  • Statistical regression;

  • Research and dissertation project planning;

  • Online resources.

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'Friendly econ' scheme

Sub-honours students in Economics should also note 'Friendly Econ', a student-run tutoring scheme organised jointly by CAPOD and the St Andrews Economics Society.

Friendly Econ is a student-run tutoring scheme organised jointly by CAPOD and the St Andrews Economics Society. The tutors are honours students selected based on their academic excellence and strong personal skills. This ensures that the sessions are run in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, where the tutor guides the student towards discovering the solution.  

Economics Honours students provide support with:

  • understanding economic concepts;

  • performing mathematical calculations; and,

  • solving tutorial questions.

When, where?

Sessions take place downstairs in the University Library,  on a 'drop in' basis @ 15:30-17:00 every Wednesday during term-time only.

Psychometric tests

Psychometric tests information

  • Numerical testing;

  • Numerical reasoning tests.


CAPOD office
Hebdomadar's Block
St Salvators' Quad

Tel: (01334) 46 7175