Maths Tune Up

A series of animated videos have been developed to help university students better understand a range of mathematical concepts.

The videos, which can be found at www.mathstuneup.com.au, cover a wide range of mathematical concepts that students need to understand in order to stay on top of their studies.

Each video provides a short reminder of a different mathematical concept, runs for just a few minutes, and includes easy-to-follow explanations and examples. As well as the videos, the Maths Tune Up! website features practice questions with solutions and working out, plus downloadable resource sheets that summarise each topic.

“One of the main advantages of Maths Tune Up! is that students don’t have to ask for help,” said Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, lead academic on the project. “These resources are available 24/7 to anyone who wants to use them. Students can revisit some of the basic concepts in maths whenever and wherever they like and become independent learners.”

A sound knowledge of a range of mathematical concepts has often been identified as a major factor in enabling university students to gain access to and succeed in degrees involving science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). However, many STEM students can do with some help to boost confidence with maths.

“For some students, maths can become a roadblock that stops them from continuing with their studies,” explained Dr Prieto-Rodriguez. “Even students who have previously done a lot of maths might need to review some of the basics. Maths Tune Up! is designed to give students easy access to the help they need to make progress in their studies.”

The Maths Tune Up! project was funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP), which aims to improve access to higher education for people who would not otherwise attend university. This includes, for example, people from low SES backgrounds or who may be the first in their family to attend university. Once those students get to university, HEPP also helps them stay there and successfully complete their degree.