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Supervisions Information 21

IMPORTANT information about supervisions in 2021/22: 

As part of the application process you will be asked if you are prepared to deliver both face to face and online supervisions or not. In any case, all supervisors should be prepared for the possibility of conducting supervisions online at some stage during the term.

Any face-to-face supervisions will take place under university Covid regulations and supervisors will be provided with the equipment necessary to do this.

We are still considering arrangements for 2021/22 for the number of contact hours per week per group for first year supervisions.

MMath students form an essential and respected part of the undergraduate teaching force at Warwick. Our students are of the highest calibre: most have 3 or 4 A’s at A-level and STEP. They expect and deserve good teaching. They also need the support and encouragement of people who vividly remember how challenging undergraduate mathematics can be.

What do supervisors do?

Supervisors meet groups of 5 students to answer questions, discuss assignment problems, and stimulate participation and debate. You will typically be asked to mark three assignments per student per week. This must be done responsibly and promptly, as in most subjects assessed work is worth 15% of the final mark. At the end of each term you will be expected to complete a student report form on each of your students.

What’s in it for me?

• The rate per hour is around £14 - £17 depending on experience. This applies to contact hours and to prep/admin/marking hours.

• Preparation/admin/marking payments are normally at 3 hours per group per week for maths group and two hours per week for joint degree students (the differences are due to differences in the number of modules covered).

• You gain teaching experience and some valuable lines on your CV.

• You have the satisfaction of helping others learn a subject you love.

• You learn while you teach – not just about teaching, but about mathematics too.

Whom will I teach?

MMath students are given first year students to supervise, although this includes joint degree students from stats, physics and computer science. We are still considering arrangements for 2021/22 for the number of contact hours per week per group for first year supervisions. We expect that supervisions will be provided to maths students in terms 1, 2 and 3 (up to week 5 only in term 3) and for joint degree students in terms 1 and 2 only.

What will I teach?

Supervisors teach first year students who take courses in Foundations, Analysis, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Geometry and Motion (or, for joint degree students, Mathematical Analysis and Sets and Numbers in place of Analysis and Foundations, and there is no requirement to support Geometry and Motion).Some revision supervisions, or supervisions for students who need extra help, may be arranged at the discretion of the Supervisions Coordinator (currently Richard Lissaman You may be asked to help with Probability A and B by your supervisees, but you would be under no obligation to do so and should concentrate on the core maths modules first.

How much will I teach?

There is a menu on the form for you to specify your preferred number of (contact) hours a week, you should remember that there is marking on top of this. This year there are many unknowns, so we cannot guarantee that everyone will be allocated supervisions, if so selection may be made on the basis of your grades last year, for want of any other way of selection (on the basis that those close to a borderline may be better served concentrating on their own degrees). Of course, things may go the other way and we need you to take on more due to the overshoots we have had to absorb.

Please note:

We only give supervision groups to 3rd year MMath students in exceptional circumstances and whilst we value applications from 4th year students from other departments, MMath students and mathematics postgraduates will take priority when allocations are made.

You should not make any financial decisions based on being given supervisions.

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