If you want a little something to do then try the **Math Forum Year Game. **How many numbers from 1 to 100 can you generate using the digits of 2016? Unlike Countdown which uses only the four operations and brackets, additional operations are allowed – see the detailed **rules**.

And did you know **2016 is an evil number**!

Perhaps a good time to remind you of some resolutions I suggested for the New Academic Year:

Firstly – remember the ~~10~~ 11 Commandments…

**11 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.

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? Do you have the GeoGebra app on your phone?

GeoGebra **announced the release of their GeoGebra Graphing Calculator** earlier this month; **currently available for Android**, the app will also be available for iPhone and Windows – watch for announcements.

For all the information you need to learn how to use this outstanding app for Mathematics see **“What is the GeoGebra Graphing calculator?” **and all the** ****Tutorials **available.

Having downloaded the app to my phone I can confirm it works really well and i was easily able to follow the instructions given in the links here.

I very quickly created the diagram in the screenshot from my phone below. Using a finger one can drag point D around and note the angle at the circumference. With an account you can also save your files which are standard GeoGebra files.

**Follow GeoGebra on Twitter **or** Facebook**

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!