Great at My Job but Crap at Numbers

Great at My Job but Crap at Numbers

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Does your job involve figure work that brings you out in a cold sweat? Do you increasingly have to focus on and understand spreadsheets, financial statements, ratios and other number-based nightmares? Relax - Great at my job but Crap at Numbers is a practical and fun guide to getting to grips with the arithmetic. Covering all of the intimidating mathematical challenges you are likely to face in your career, it uses humorous examples to illustrate serious points about the usefulness of arithmetic in everyday life. By approaching the topic with explanations of real-life examples from the media, advertisements, products and services the book allows you to connect easily to all those scary figures you have to juggle every day.

Mac Bride has made his supporting website with some fun stuff and useful resources:

Areas covered include:

Mental Maths
Terminology in everyday use e.g. mathematics, arithmetic; millions/billions
Unwholesome numbers: fractions and decimals
Common Conversions e.g. Mph:kph; Mpg:kpg; Miles:Km; Temperature: Fahrenheit: Celsius; Time Zones; Exchange rates
Ratios and proportions
Measuring business performance: Priceless percentages
Averages: Mode, Median and Mean
Probability and odds
Entree Economics
Show me my money: Personal Finance

Each chapter builds on the last and ends with practice tests, answers and explanations, helping you to consolidate what you are learning.

One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of how to crunch numbers.

Fun exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 14mm | 186g
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1444102257
  • 9781444102253
  • 1,001,090

Table of contents

: Personal Introduction: What is mathematics and arithmetic?
: Chapter 1 Basically the basics: Mental Maths:
: Chapter 2 Unwholesome numbers: Fractions and Decimals.
: Chapter 3 Doing business over there: Common conversions.
: Chapter 4 Measuring business performance: Priceless Percentages.
: Chapter 5 Numbers at work; reading a spreadsheet.
: Chapter 6 Value for Money: Averages, ratios and proportions.
: Chapter 7 Assessing the Competition: x, y and a day at the races.
: Chapter 8 The Life Science: Entree Economics.
: Chapter 9 Show me my money: Personal Finance.
: Chapter 10 Living numeracy: where to find out more. Summary of learning points. List of useful organisations. Free training and help
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About Heidi Smith

Mac Bride has many years' experience of teaching maths and computing. This invaluable teaching background has made him a much sought-after author in the UK and internationally.

Heidi Smith is the author-editor of a series of psychometric testing books and has several years experience designing and managing training programmes for businesses.
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