Enhancing the student learning experience-mathematics, statistics & operational research methods
Not a moment has gone by when I have not felt excited by mathematics! I am interested in various applications of mathematics in climate change, medicine, operational research, astrophysics, finance, economics, biology, engineering and several other fields. I participate in events and conferences on various mathematical themes not limited to my teaching area. This keeps my interest fresh which, I believe, also gets transmitted to my students and acts as a strong motivator for them to engage with the subject.
My research interests are rather inter-disciplinary but my main interests can be broadly classified as Mathematics/Statistics Education-improving teaching and learning of the subjects at undergraduate level, enhancing students’ learning experience and improving their engagement with the subject. I think that this can be achieved by working on students’ perceptions and preconceived notions of the subjects which can obstruct their learning and adversely affect their academic efficacy and engagement. Furthermore, I would argue that students are more likely to enjoy reading mathematics if they are encouraged to share their questions, before it is too late, by putting them at ease and ensuring that their questions do get appropriately addressed!
Whilst I am deeply fascinated by mathematics in climate change, astrophysics and medicine, I am staying focused on mathematics education at present.
I lectured at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) where I taught mathematics and statistics to undergraduate students aspiring to read business related subjects. I enjoyed my work at UH where I made my lectures to large groups highly interactive by using a variety of formative assessments which kept my students actively engaged and interested. The only downside was that it made the lecture theatres rather noisy but I am pleased to say that the noise was music to my ears!
I am currently involved with teaching statistics and operational research methods at the LSE to undergraduate students on a variety of degree programs. These are Actuarial Science, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Economics and Economic History, Government and Economics, Accounting and Finance, Management, Philosophy and Economics, Environmental Policy with Economics, Management Sciences, Geography with Economics, Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Mathematics and Economics, Business Mathematics and Statistics and Social Policy and Economics.
I continue to work on enhancing students’ learning experience of the subjects by using teaching and learning approaches aimed at maximising student participation, creating interest and motivating them to not only perceive mathematics positively but to also believe in their own potential to succeed.
I have presented several papers on this and related themes at national and international Mathematics, Statistics & Operational Research conferences.