**Happy New Academic Year **(using **geoGreeting**) (Click on the image).

Many of you will still be enjoying your holidays but holidays are perhaps a good time to make some resolutions for the next academic year.

Firstly, 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.

6 – **To learn Mathematics you need to do Mathematics**. You can never do enough examples! There are plenty of questions

**here**(with answers included). Have you looked at the problems on

**Brilliant**? New problems are published regularly and are suitable for younger school students all the way through to university students. Or perhaps you might like to try some of the

**trickier problems**from the challenges set by the University of Mississippi. (These problems from the Problem of the Week category are open to people of any age).

9 – if you want to practise your arithmetic you could **play some games**! If you enjoy Maths games there are many **excellent free resources** available.

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?

Have a look at Peter Alfeld’s guide to **Understanding Mathematics** which he wrote for his students at Utah University.

Are you familiar with all the excellent (free) resources online to help your studies? Have you tried the brilliant **Desmos graphing calculator** for example, or used **WolframAlpha** to check your work?

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 academic year!