Lara Alcock

“Numerous students enroll in universities each year to study mathematics (single honors or combined with another subject). Even the brightest of these students, who make up the majority of this class, will eventually find it difficult to adjust to the rigors of advanced mathematics. Some people find it challenging to switch to independent study and lecture-based learning. Mathematics goes from being primarily about calculation to being primarily about proof. Thus students are expected to engage with it differently. These modifications need not be strange; research on mathematics education has provided numerous insights into the essential corrections; nonetheless, they are not immediately apparent and do require explanation.

This book converts these evidence-based findings into straightforward counsel for a student audience. It covers every facet of pursuing a degree in mathematics, from the most intangible cerebral difficulties to the regular interactions with professors and efficient use of study time. To build a solid understanding of college mathematics, students will need to adapt and enhance their current skills, which are discussed in detail in Part 1, along with the topic of advanced mathematical reasoning. Study techniques are discussed in Part 2 in relation to the requirements for a mathematics degree. It offers realistic suggestions on how to study for exams and learn from lectures while still making time for a rewarding overall university experience.

This approachable, useful text—the first subject-specific student guide—will be required reading for everyone majoring in mathematics at a university.”