Monthly Archives: June 2013

Introduction to our Master Maths blog: 4 reasons to start

Master Maths logoWe have the following 4 reasons to start our Master Maths blog:

  • answer popular questions from our mathematics students
  • share our very different educational experience in maths
  • share learning experience of our students (anonymously)
  • provide a forum for exchanging and generating new ideas.

We assume that our readers are smart and can make their own conclusions from our stories, so we shall try to be open-minded and give real-life examples instead of unjustified advice.

In our blog we shall give regular tips and advice how to

  • concisely write full mathematical statements, see our first riddle below
  • use proper notations in solutions and avoid confusing symbols like .’.
  • check results of numerical computations without starting from scratch
  • fill important gaps in the mathematics curriculum of the UK schools

Our plan is to post at least once per month in the 4 broad categories:

  • dethroning a popular myth in the UK school mathematics
  • tips and common mistakes from our students’ experience
  • discussion of a general method or a powerful principle
  • educational story from our non-UK personal experience.

If you have suggestions for topics in our blog,  post a comment by clicking on “Leave a reply” in the upper left corner (name and e-mail needed) or e-mail

We hope to post weekly on Fridays, possibly fortnightly during vacations. Our next post will be on 5th July 2013: “How to get in top universities for maths degrees: 4 mistakes and 4 tips”.

For those who would like to test their maths skills right now, here is our first riddle:

  • Riddle 1: state the theorem illustrated by our logo in the upper left corner.
  • How to submit: to write your full rigorous answer, submit a comment.
  • Hint: the statement should be clear to anyone who hasn’t seen it before.
  • Warning: almost all first attempts are incomplete by our past experience.
  • Restriction: only the first fully correct public answer will be rewarded.
  • Prize: free 1-year access to one of our interactive web tutorials.
  • Update: after attempts 1 and 2 Learner has won the prize.

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