The Maths Skills Centre offers advice and guidance on maths topics, statistical concepts and analysis, and preparing for numerical reasoning tests.
Book an appointment for personalised advice on mathematical concepts or numerical reasoning for employability.
Book an appointment for personalised advice on statistical concepts, quantitative analysis and statistical software (SPSS, R, STATA).
We can't give advice on other module content, individual assessed questions or online examinations.
During this workshop we will explore how to answer typical numerical reasoning test questions and point you to some useful resources. This will be a hands-on session involving you having a go at actual questions from up-to-date employer tests used for graduate recruitment, with practical methods for solving problems in the quickest way.
We will also introduce you to AssessmentDay, with free practice tests with full solutions.
This extension session will focus on preparing you for the hardest questions that numerical reasoning tests may include. You will be invited to have a go at these questions, and we will go over general strategies and time-saving techniques that will make them feel more manageable.
This workshop is suitable for those who have attended the first session, or those with a good grasp of the numerical techniques required for tackling typical numerical reasoning tests. We will also introduce you to AssessmentDay, with free practice tests with full solutions.
- no scheduled sessions
This session is for people who have never used SPSS before, or who want a refresher. You will learn how to get data in, quick ways of cleaning your data and how to create graphs in SPSS.
This workshop will teach you how to decide which statistical test is best for your data, and briefly explains assumptions, transformations and non-parametric tests. You will then run some common tests in SPSS using different guides that you may want to use when using SPSS on your own.
This session explains various ANOVA tests, how to run them in SPSS, interpret the output and where to find help for running more complex analyses. There will also be brief explanations of statistical concepts such as effect size, power, and type I and II errors.
This session explains various regression tests, how to run them in SPSS and interpret the output, and where to find help for running more complex analyses. There will also be brief explanations of statistical concepts such as effect size, power, and type I and II errors.
This session is for people who will need to analyse questionnaire data in SPSS for their dissertation or other research project. Using example datasets, we will demonstrate getting data into SPSS, give practical advice on preparing data for analysis, share handy tips on calculating numbers that summarise the data, and give advice on how you can decide what analyses are needed.
This workshop will introduce you to the coding aspect of using R. You will get data into R, learn how to clean the data ready for analysis using R packages, functions and arguments, and make plots. During the workshop you will discover the best places to get help while using R. This workshop is suitable for people who have not done any computer coding before.
This session recaps basic data management before suggesting some R functions that check assumptions and carry out common statistical tests. It ends with advice for researching more advanced analyses and resolving error messages. This session presumes that you have either attended an Introduction to R workshop or know the basics of coding in R, and that you have a basic understanding of statistical testing.
This workshop will get you using STATA statistical software so you understand what the software is and the basics of the coding language used by STATA. In this introduction, you will look at data, clean data and run simple tests and graphs. No prior knowledge of computer coding needed to attend this session.
We have a range of online resources, including preparation for maths in Economics and PPE modules, guidance for choosing statistical tests and resources for each of our workshops. You can find these resources on the Maths Skills Centre VLE (Yorkshare log in required).
Below, we've selected some of these resources to help you with key maths and statistics areas:
HELM workbooks (maths)
Explanations and exercises covering a wide range of maths topics. The PDF workbooks are great for offline studying.
Laerd Statistics (statistics)
Clear explanations of statistical tests - what they do, when to use them and how to run the test in SPSS.