Mathematics Skills

Maths Topics


Print based materials

Print Materials to assist with any pre-requisite mathematics required in USQ courses. These materials are based on USQ's Tertiary Preparation Program. Mathematics modules are presented in increasing level of difficulty and complexity from Level A through to Level D.

More than just numbers (Level A)

  • Our number system (including whole numbers, place value & estimation)
  • Working with numbers (including power notation and the square root)
  • Calculations involving negative numbers
  • Order of calculations
  • Fractions (including equivalent fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions, calculating with fractions, addition and subtraction of fractions, multiplication of fractions and division of fractions)
  • Decimals (including converting between decimals and fractions)


The Power of Numbers (Level A)

  • Power notation
  • Calculating with powers including multiplying powers, dividing powers, negative indices, the zero index, adding and subtracting powers, special powers, fractional indices, finding a power of a power and finding a power of a product) 
  • Common applications of powers (including scientific notation, the metric system, converting between units)

Comparing numbers (Level A)

  • Comparing quantities of subtraction 
  • Comparing quantities by division (including percentages)
  • Ratios (including ratios in squares, rectangles, circles & triangles) 
  • Rates 

Video based materials

You can also watch some video snippets for some of arithmetic concepts

Calculating with negative numbers (print handout)

This 6 minute video covers how to calculate with negative numbers.

Calculating with negative numbers video

Order of operations (print handout)

This 6 minute video covers the importance of the order of operations with examples

order of operations

You can also get help Mastering your calculator – free, easy to follow online booklets on a range of scientific calculators.