# Start here

**So, you’ve decided you want to be a mathematician?**

Welcome to the dark side. Here, have a cookie.

This page will point you at what I think are the most useful posts to help you develop the skills, knowledge and mindset that will help you along your path.

You might do well to get yourself a copy of AS- and A-Level Maths For Dummies – it’s aimed at the old A-level spec, but the maths in it is absolutely solid((and the technical editing is second to none.))

I suggest using one of the posts below as a jumping-off point. See how you get on!

### Skills and knowledge

- How to sketch in 3D
- How can I be neater?
- On not reading carefully
- A curve-sketching masterclass
- Completing the square
- Why the factor and remainder theorem work