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Mathematics and statistics support

 CEED'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, Medicine, Physics, Psychology, Philosophy, and Geography & Geosciences.

CEED 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 CEED admin office to discuss (learning@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Please note, that our CEED office does not have a full mobility access. If you have any access requirements, please contact CEED directly. 

1:1 appointments

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

Appointments currently run virtually through Microsoft Teams. Please complete our online form to request an appointment. After you submit a booking, one of our team will be in touch with details of how to access your appointment. 
 
Make sure you read the information below before booking an appointment.
 

 

About CEED tutoring services

  • Appointments are free and confidential
  • Our primary aim is to help students over occasional bumps—please note, we do not offer routine tutoring service
  • Services are limited to no more than 3 tutoring appointments per term
  • We cannot offer discipline specific help
  • The tutor will not proof-read, edit, or discuss any written work that is not yet submitted

 Who may request tutoring and when?

  • Appointments are available to all students except PGR (PhD) students
  • New students are required to attend 2 weeks of classes before booking a one-to-one appointment with CEED. 

What can I expect from an appointment?

  • Strategies to support you to become independent in your studies
  • Personalized support
    • Several topics can be tutored in the same appointment at the discretion of the tutor and depending on the complexity of the topic.
    • Maths/Stats & Study Skills cannot be tutored in the same appointment (different tutors are required)
  • Advice from experienced postgraduate (PhD) tutors.  Our tutors are PhD students who have an excellent understanding of mathematics and statistics, and often lead tutorial groups within schools. 

  • Please note that CEED is unable to offer appointments to help with modules run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics.  CEED targets the skills, such as study skills or maths & stats, that underpin the academic subjects on offer in St Andrews, but does not provide subject specific support.  Just as we don’t offer 1:1 tuition in, for example, History or Chemistry, we cannot provide tuition for Mathematics and Statistics modules because of the overlap with core academic content. We encourage you to contact your module coordinator in the first instance. For sub-honours modules, Maths Base and your module tutor are also sources of help. If you have explored these avenues and feel you are not getting appropriate help please contact the Director of Teaching for Mathematics and Statistics, Dr Wilmot-Smith, at maths-dot@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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.

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 Statistics, 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 by the St Andrews Economics Society and supported by CEED.

Friendly Econ  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?

This semester, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the scheme will run every Wednesday in a virual format. Tutoring sessions for first-year students will take place from 3 to 4 pm and from 4 to 5 pm for second-year students. Please, check Friendly-Econ's Facebook page to access the link to the tutoring session.