Description is in the title, really. I'm looking to apply to maths at York for 2013 entry and if there's anyone here who's taking/has taken this programme I'd greatly appreciate any comments, positive or negative.
Hi I'm currently at York uni doing maths. Its a really good uni, i'm loving my time here, really nice campus that is only getting better! The maths department is ok, most of the lecturers are helpful if you email them, some of the lecturers are brilliant at teaching though. we had a problem with one of our lecturers, but we went to the head of maths n they sorted it after observing the lecturer and now we have a different one
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I've found maths at university to be quite a step up from A level to be honest, but I think most people experience this no matter which uni they're at. (Just like initially when starting A level I also found it a big jump from GCSE, you learn to cope.) I regularly get lost in a lecture and have difficulty following what the lecturer is saying, or fail to see how they got from one step to another. But you're expected to work through things yourself sometimes, and you need to find time to do that outside of lectures.
Also a lot of time is spent struggling, thinking about assignment questions. But that's normal. It's meant to be challenging. Lecturers also sometimes get stuck haha. There's lots of chances to ask questions if you're stuck on anything, especially in tutorials and seminars. There's also other ways like emailing, on the discussion board Moodle or talking to a lecturer at the end of a lecture for example.
I've had some great lecturers and some boring, but we complete questionnaires both midway through a module and after a module. Hence giving us an opportunity to comment about the course, and lecturers respond and do take action. For example now the lecturers for Core Algebra and Calculus also take the practical classes. And our supervisor's mark our assignments for those modules.
First year is about consolidating all A level material so that everybody is at the same level since people come from all different mathematical backgrounds.