- Think about what are you writing and for who! For example:
- Notes, coursework, presentations etc. all require different writing styles (some general guidelines are considered below).
- If you are writing for self reference only, you should know how much detail you need to include in your notes.
- If you are writing for someone else e.g. coursework, full details need to be included in your work.
- Keep your work neat and tidy! Itís no good writing anything down if no-one can understand what it is you have written.
- Maths is not only about writing numbers and formulas. Use words and sentences to join equations and explain your work.
- Include clear explanations of what you are doing and why you are doing it.
- This will help you when you come to review your work.
- It will help anyone else who has to read your work.
- Be precise!
- For example, 1/3 is not equal to 0.3.
- Use notation correctly. Does x2 mean, x ◊ 2, or x2, or x2?
- Include units where required. The difference in volume between 1m3 and 1cm3 is quite substantial!
- Make sure your work makes sense.
- Read through your work.
- Ask a friend to read through your work.
- Compare your notes/solutions to those in a text book.
Why not check out our other study skills guides:
- Reading Skills for Maths
- Problem Solving Skills for Maths
- Revision Skills for Maths
- Exam Skills for Maths