Mathematics is one of the few subjects in which the exam questions are fairly predictable. Examiners rarely pose many unusual or unconventional questions
6 Basic Principles
# 1 WHEN TO START
- Today! Make study a long-term process not knee-jerk just before the exam.
# 2 PRACTISE YOUR MATHS
- The only way to strengthen your skills and understanding is through regular practise.
- Aim to master basics before moving to more complex work.
- Set a goal of achieving high order understanding
# 3 SUMMARISE
- Rewrite theory and examples in your own words.
- List key concepts, facts and formula
- Highlight areas of weakness.
- Use summary POSTERS in your room / study as a constant reminder of key information.
# 4 ATTACK YOUR MATHS
- Identify weak areas and spend most of your study time working on them.
- Don't spend too much time on work you already know well.
- Practice correct setting out and presentation of solutions.
- Seek help, rather than stress about concepts causing problems.
# 5 TEST YOUR PROGRESS
- Complete mixed revision exercises, past worksheets, assignments and exams.
- Study past exam papers to adapt to the format and style of the exam.
- Utilise DET websites HSC online & Board of Studies.
# 6 CHOOSE A PRODUCTIVE STUDY ENVIRONMENT
- Try to duplicate exam room conditions. Quiet and organised.
- DON'T study in front of the TV.
- DON'T study while listening to songs, music is OK.
- DON'T make study periods too long. After a given time it becomes counter-productive.
- Program regular breaks, exercise rather than watch TV.
There's no magic or mystery to mathematics. An organised, consistent approach will improve confidence and lead to success.
# 1 BE WELL EQUIPPED FOR THE EXAM.
- Geometrical instruments.
- Spare pens and pencils.
- Understand the use of the formula or standard integral sheet
# 2 ATTACK THE EXAM
- Attempt questions that you find easy first to build confidence.
- Pace your time, don't rush easier questions.
- Careless errors occur when you are complacent.
- Display any necessary working neatly and clearly.
- Draw diagrams neatly and label them accurately.
- DON'T erase or white-out mistakes, simply cross-out neatly.
# 3 BE CONFIDENT
- If your study program has been followed then you CAN be confident that you are well prepared to attack the exam.
- DON'T let a question shake your confidence, accept that you cannot complete it now, move on then come back to it later if time permits.
- DON'T leave the exam early. Double check solutions, make an attempt on questions you have left out, you may gain some marks.