Preparatory Work and course information
We know it has been a while since you've done some mathematics. The main part of this page is the Mathematics Refresher Course. This course provides you with revision of core mathematics topics ready for when you start your degree. For those studying MORSE or Data Science you will find some recommended webpages for economics and computer science.
As soon as you have enrolled, and registered for your IT account, you can complete our Mathematics Refresher course (available from 6th September).
If you have not enrolled, do not be concerned.
The Mathematics Refresher course is still be available after term has started.
Mathematics Refresher course
To ensure everyone has the same fundamental knowledge, the Mathematics Refresher (MA1K2) (Available 6th September 2022, IT registration required) will help you prepare for university level teaching and learning.
We strongly encourage all incoming students to work through this module regardless of which school qualification you obtained.
MORSE and Data Science
Current departmental students have recommended some websites that refresher economics for MORSE students and provide some programming experience for Data Science students.
If you are unable to register for IT
Don't be concerned, while you complete your enrolment and then register for an IT account we have provided some external resources in the "background material" and "recommended websites" sections.
There are separate Course Handbook for Data Science, for MORSE and for Mathematics & Statistics. The up-to-date version of your Course Handbook Link opens in a new windowis maintained online. The handbooks are updated yearly around the middle of September.
During Welcome Week each course's course director will provide you with a briefing on your course and we will have staff and current students ready to answer your questions.
We do not expect you to complete wider this reading before you start your course. All the reading lists you need for your course are embedded into your course materials.
However, many new students find the study level at university different from the mathematics completed at high school. The following texts may help understand the the difference:
- Introductory Mathematics: Algebra and Analysis by Geoff Smith.
- How to Think Like a Mathematician: A Companion to Undergraduate MathematicsLink opens in a new window by Kevin Houston. (A former Warwick University Student. Check out the slide show; 10 ways to think like a mathematicianLink opens in a new window by the same author).
- How to Study for a Mathematics DegreeLink opens in a new window by Lara Alcock.
Mathematics. If you wish to continue practicing your advanced mathematical problem solving, the following pages are recommended.
- NRICH enriching mathematics - a comprehensive collection of mathematics problems. The Advanced Problem Solving Modules are useful to demonstrating the different in thinking between problem solving and the application of procedures.
- STEP preparation website - STEP questions enhance mathematical problem solving.
If you are one of the offer holders who did not take Further Maths A-level (or only completed some of it), we recommend you consider resources that address this material. Please see the information for those taking Single Mathematics on the Offer Information pageLink opens in a new window.
For MORSE students. If you did you study economics before university, then current students have recommended EconplusDal YouTube channel. This channel contains multiple short videos covering Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Our students stated that they found the information useful background for Year 1 economics.
For Data Science students. If you did not study programming or computer science before university then MEI offer 6 lessons that provide an Introduction to Data Science including programming.
Our current students compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for studying in the Statistics department. These are questions they wish they asked or had asked when they started with us. The questions include
- Which buses go to Warwick University?
- Where's the nearest supermarket?
- Where's the cheapest supermarket?
- How do I use money in the UK?
- How do I Register with a Doctor?
- How do I cross the street?
- Who to call in an emergency?
And many more...