Teaching and learning at York

When you come to York, you benefit from a number of different teaching methods, including lectures, group tutorials, problem classes and seminars. The aim is that every student should always feel fully supported. If you are stuck on a piece of mathematics, there will always be help available.

The backbone of teaching is lectures. But what distinguishes different universities above all is the support teaching - the smaller classes which complement the lectures. Our standard model runs on a two-week cycle: a typical module has a fortnightly small "seminar" associated with a set of example problems and an assignment, with larger problems classes in the weeks between the seminars. The first year Mathematical Skills module is supported by fortnightly small-group tutorials, usually with your supervisor (your academic and personal tutor). We also run drop-in sessions on first year modules (in case you have any unresolved problems), and the student Mathematics Society runs weekly peer-assisted learning sessions. Essentially, we are all, from professors to first-year undergraduates, engaged in making progress in mathematics and supporting each other to do so.

What does a typical week look like?

You can expect between 10 to 12 hours of lectures per week. With seminars and tutorials, you will have a total of 15 to 18 timetabled hours per week. You should spend the same amount of time on personal and group study.

As well as the formal teaching structure, you will be able to talk to your personal supervisor for help throughout your degree. Your supervisor helps you to get the most out of your studies and can guide you through choosing your options in the later stages of your degree.