Study Habits in Mathematics
Question 1Tell us about your study habits Research ( Investigating the Effectiveness of Group Work in Mathematics, A.Sofroniou) has shown that working in a group while studying mathematics can have beneficial outcomes. Write a paragraph telling us about your past study habits when it comes to studying mathematics. Do you work best by yourself or in groups? When do you like to study? How do you do homework or prepare for assessments? Would you like to form or have you already formed study groups for this course? Share as much information as you would like to create the best environment to help you succeed in this courseQuestion 2Snowflake patternsBrowse and read the following websitephysicist: http://www.snowcrystals.com/write one paragraph to answer the following question.In what ways can one use snowflakes to describe how patterns are found in nature?Investigating the Effectiveness of Group Work in MathematicsEducation Sciences, v6 Article 30 2016Group work permits students to develop a range of critical thinking, analytical and communication skills; effective team work; appreciation and respect for other views, techniques and problem-solving methods, all of which promote active learning and enhance student learning. This paper presents an evaluation of employing the didactic and pedagogical customs of group work in mathematics with the aim of improving student performance as well as exploring students’ perceptions of working in groups. The evaluation of group work was carried out during tutorial time with first year civil engineering students undertaking a mathematics module in their second semester. The aim was to investigate whether group work learning can help students gain a deeper understanding of the module content, develop improved critical and analytical thinking skills and see if this method of pedagogy can produce higher performance levels. The group work sessions were conducted over four weeks whilst studying the topic of integration. Evaluation surveys were collected at the end of the intervention along with an investigation into the examination results from the end of semester examinations. In order to derive plausible and reasonable conclusions, these examination results were compared with an analogous cohort of first year mathematics students, also studying integration in their engineering-based degree. The investigation into the effectiveness of group work showed interesting and encouraging positive outcomes, supported by a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis.