From the Back Cover
Make numbers dance to your tune –in no time!
No head for numbers? Feel like maths isn’t your thing? Stop selling yourself short. Maths tutor Colin Beveridge believes that doing maths comes as naturally to humans as swimming does to fish, and he proves it in Basic Maths For Dummies. Encompassing the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum, and using Colin’s proven formula for turning anybody – even the most maths-phobic student – into a natural number-cruncher, this book arms you with the confidence and skills you need to handle everyday maths challenges, return to school, pass skills and employability exams with flying colours, and help the kids with their homework.
Face down the competition – overcome maths anxiety and set yourself up for success
Get a firm footing – master the building blocks of maths, including addition, subtraction and long division
Take their measure – size up weights, measures, rates, conversions and geometric shapes
Show ’em who’s boss – give fractions no quarter, put decimals in their place and accept nothing less than 100% from percentages
Beat the odds – discover how to decipher statistics, gauge odds and predict probabilities
Shoot from the hip – learn simple tricks for making reliable estimates – fast
Open the book and find:
Tricks for conquering maths anxiety
Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division made easy
Advice on money, weights, measures and shapes
How to read charts, tables and graphs at a glance
Guidance on conquering fractions, decimals and percentages
How to decipher statistics and probabilities
How to handle ballpark estimates and rough calculations in your head
Add, subtract, multiply and divide with confidence
Deal with decimals, tackle fractions and make sense of percentages
Size up weights, measures and shapes
Prepare effectively for maths tests
About the Author
Colin Beveridge holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of St Andrews. He gave up a position as a researcher at Montana State University (working with NASA, among other projects) to become a full-time maths tutor, helping adults, GCSE, A-level and university students overcome their fear of maths – a position he finds ‘far more enjoyable than real work’.