**Happy 2013 **(using **geoGreeting**) (Click on the image).

Time for some new year resolutions for Mathematics students!

Remember the ~~ten~~ eleven commandments!

To elaborate a little more on some of these:

5 – looking it up – there are several excellent resources online for you to **look up definitions** or find **extra examples**. Never rely on just one source if you are finding a topic tricky, it can be helpful to see explanations written by different authors.

9 – if you want to practise your arithmetic you could **play some games**!

10 – on writing the language of mathematics correctly – see this clear **guide to writing Mathematics**** **from Dr Kevin P Lee** **and from John Kerl some excellent **tips for mathematical handwriting,** many of these tips these apply to students of all ages – do you distinguish carefully between a 1 and a 7 for example? Perhaps it is hard to tell whether you have written a 2 or a z or perhaps your 5s look a bit like a letter s?

Some more thoughts for you.

- Are you guilty of making any of the
**classic mistakes**? - How are your problem solving skills? There is plenty of good advice available – see
**this publication**from Arizona State University for example - If you are studying at university then have a look at Kevin Houston’s ‘
**How not to get a good mathematics degree**‘ and ‘**How to get a good mathematics degree**‘. He also has provided a pdf file you can download:**10 Ways to Think Like a Mathematician**. Kevin Houston works at the University of Leeds in the UK.

If you are trying to get organised generally then some of the resources on **this page** might be useful. I recommend Evernote highly (it’s free).

Wishing you all a very happy and productive new year!