I left school at 17 after my highers and did an apprenticeship in British Steels Ravenscraig Works in Motherwell. As part of this I studied for an HNC in Electrical Engineering. When Ravenscraig closed I got a place at Edinburgh University studying Communications Engineering which covered the mathematics of communication systems. I payed my way through University by working on the oil rigs during my summer holidays as an Electrician.
My first job after graduating was in London designing integrated circuits (chips) for satellite communication systems (I did this for 7 years). I then worked in the mobile communications industry
designing mobile phone networks throughout the world (Australia, Germany , Italy , Holland , Ukraine , UK, Ireland, Bulgaria).
As well as applying mathematics to my professional life I also study mathematics as a past time. Mathematics has been very good to me financially and it has also given me the freedom to work WHERE and WHEN I want (self employed consultant).
Things haven't always been like that. When I was at school I thought mathematics was sometimes interesting but I never thought it would be of any use to me. I just never thought I would use it for anything useful or interesting. I can't go back in time to teach my younger self about mathematics but I can teach others. I can also open the door of mathematical opportunities. There has never been a more exciting time in the whole history of humamkind to be doing mathematics. BIG DATA, MACHINE LEARNING, ALGORITHMS, PROGRAMMING, DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING. The list is endless.
The question isn't why would you want to do mathematics. The question is why wouldn't you want to do mathematics.
I have mentored many new engineers from apprentices to graduates in the workplace. I was always the first to volunteer my time for this task as I got so much reward from it. I have also spent time tutoring close family members in mathematics from highers to university mathematics as and when they have needed it.
I have over 160 online mathematics videos which at the moment cover topics that I am personally interested in. I am in the process of putting together some learning videos for the Scottish Higher Mathematics syllabus.
I have the advantage of experience of using mathematics in the workplace and having worked in various but related fields and projects. I can explain careers that you might not have thought of or don't even know exist and how the mathematics you will learn in higher mathematics is used everyday in industry. I can make your mathematics relevant so you won't ever have to ask why am I learning this !
Lots of people get through mathematics by memorisation and following processes without understanding what it is they are doing and why they are doing it.Working like this is a surefire way of killing a subject stone dead.
My approach is UNDERSTANDING and doing problems. Some people say you can't do too many problems. They are wrong , you can do too many problems. Do too many and you'll get bored , demotivated and most importantly you start replacing understanding with memorising a process. You have to find the right balance.
I have used online graphical calculators , excel spreadsheets and mathematical packages (MATLAB) as an added fun way to help promote understanding. Most important of all is just to get in the habit of thinking.
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|University of Edinburgh||1995||Bachelors||Beng(hons) Communications Engineering|
|Bell College of Technology||1991||College||HNC Electrical Electronic Engineering|
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