Past Fridays@2

E.g., 2019-08-17
E.g., 2019-08-17
E.g., 2019-08-17
24 May 2019
14:00
Dr Vicky Neale and Dr Richard Earl
Abstract

The last Fridays@2 of the year will be the Prelims Preparation Lecture aimed at first-year undergraduates. Richard Earl and Vicky Neale will highlight some key points to be aware of as you prepare for exams, thinking both about exam technique and revision strategy, and a student will offer some tips from their personal experience.  This will complement the Friday@2 event in Week 2, on Managing exam anxiety.  As part of the Prelims Preparation session, we'll look through two past exam questions, giving tips on how to structure a good answer.  You'll find that most helpful if you've worked through the questions yourself beforehand, so this is advance notice so that you can slot the questions into your timetable for the next few days.  They are both from 2013, one is Q5 from Maths I (on the Groups and Group Actions course), and the other is Q3 from Maths IV (on the Dynamics course).  You can access these, and a large collection of other past Prelims exam questions, via the archive.

17 May 2019
14:00
Dr Vicky Neale and Dr Richard Earl
Abstract

This week’s Fridays@2 session, led by Dr Richard Earl and Dr Vicky Neale, is intended to provide advice on exam preparation and how to approach the Part A and Part B exams.


This session is aimed at second years and third years who will be sitting exams this term. Next week’s Fridays@2 will be for first years and will look at preparing for Prelims papers.
 

10 May 2019
14:00
Dr Ruth Collins
Abstract

This workshop will focus on the main causes of exam stress, anxiety and panic and look at practical strategies to manage and overcome these issues. We will also review strategies to best support exam preparation.

 

Dr Ruth Collins is a Chartered Psychologist who specialises in the management of anxiety and panic. She is also a trained mindfulness teacher and an associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

3 May 2019
14:00
Prof Ulrike Tillmann
Abstract

This year sees the 100th anniversary of Emmy Noether receiving her Habilitation and thus becoming the first women to be granted the right to teach and lecture at a university in Prussia (now Germany).  Noether shaped modern algebra and her influence was felt in many other fields including topology.


We will start by exploring what algebraic topology is, how the subject was shaped by algebra (under the influence of Noether), before considering some current challenges and applications.

22 February 2019
14:00
Dr Iro Xenidou-Dervou
Abstract

How do humans process information? What are their strengths and limitations? This crash course in cognitive psychology will provide the background necessary to think realistically about how learning works.

15 February 2019
14:00
Dr Vicky Neale and Dr Richard Earl
Abstract

Mathematicians need to talk and writeabout their mathematics.  This includes undergraduates and MSc students, who may be writing a dissertation or project report, preparing a presentation on a summer research project, or preparing for a job interview.  We think that it can be helpful to think of this as a form of story telling, as this can lead to more effective communication.  For a story to be engaging you also need to know your audience.In this session, we'll discuss what we mean by telling a mathematical story, give you some top tips from our experience, and give you a chance to think about how you might put this into practice.  The session will be of relevance to all undergraduates and MSc students, not only those currently writing a dissertation or preparing an oral presentation.

8 February 2019
14:00
Prof Philip Maini
Abstract

Mathematical biology has grown enormously over the past 40 years and has changed considerably. At first, biology inspired mathematicians to come up with models that could, at an abstract level, "explain" biological phenomena - one of the most famous being Alan Turing's model for biological pattern formation. However, with the enormous recent advances in biotechnology and computation, the field is now truly inter- and multi-disciplinary. We shall discuss the changing role mathematics is playing in applications to biology and medicine.

1 February 2019
14:00
Erica Tyson

Further Information: 

IMA Careers Workshop

Abstract

Would you employ you? What are employers looking for in Mathematical graduates? What kind of work can use your skills? This workshop will get your minds thinking about the possibilities after you have finished studying and will cover:

·         General careers’ information starting from a mathematical sciences degree

·         Things to think about at CV and interview stage

·         How membership of a professional body (the IMA) supports your applications and career development.

·         Information about the Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships

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