Problem Classes / Maths Tutorials - Guidance for students

The problem classes are designed to give you the opportunity to learn by applying your knowledge to physics problems and to practice exam questions.

The problem classes cover topics from a range of modules during the semester. In general, each problem class will cover topics from one module (see the year timetables). Engagement with the problem classes counts for 10% of your marks for each of the modules covered.

  • There is one maths tutorial every week.
  • There are two problem classes held every week, you are required to attend one of them each week.
  • You will be given a different worksheet every week to work through. You can work by yourself or in small groups. Ask for help from the demonstrators if you need it.
  • The worksheets will have two types of questions on them:
    • Standard questions covering material essential to pass the module.
    • Advanced questions, some requiring an understanding at a first-class level.

The two types of questions should be clearly marked on the worksheet.

  • Please bring your lecture notes, calculator and textbook (if you have one) to every problem class.
  • Make sure you have your work signed-off by one of the demonstrators before you leave the problem class. Demonstrators will not sign-off work until the problem class has been running for at least 1.5 hours. The problem class will run for 2 hours in total.
  • You MUSTattend a 1 hour maths tutorial each week (groups to be assigned).
  • Keep your work from every problem class and maths tutorial. The signed-off work is your record that you did engage with the problem class and will be useful for revision for the examination.
  • You can obtain a copy of the model answers for the worksheet from the demonstrators once you have had your worked signed-off or at the end of the problem class.
  • The demonstrators will be given the following guidance to help them determine which students have engaged with the problem class.
    • Has the student used the problem class effectively to learn about the subject of the worksheet?
    • Did the student arrive on-time for the class?
    • Did the student appear to be working for most of the time?
    • Has the student produced some written work that will help them prepare for the exam?
    • Has the student completed most of the worksheet?
      OR
      Has the student made a genuine effort to complete the worksheet?
  • The marks for engagement with the problem classes/maths tutorials will be assigned as follows and will count for 10% of the marks for every module covered during the problem classes/maths tutorials.
    • Signed-off or absent with good cause for 9 or more of the 11 problem classes/maths turorials - 100% PASS
    • Signed-off or absent with good cause for 8 of the 11 problem classes/maths tutorials - 50% PASS
    • Signed off or absent with good cause for 7 or fewer of the 11 problem classes/maths tutorials - 0% FAIL
  • If you miss a problem class or maths tutorial for medical reasons or with some other good cause, you should
    • Complete a self-certification form as normal for any absence.
    • Obtain the worksheet and model answers for your revision.
    • Contact your year tutor to explain why you were absent. You can do this in person, by e-mail or via the general office.

If you have good cause for missing the problem class it will count towards you total of signed-off problem classes and maths tutorials.