Study Tips

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.

 

Examination Hints

# 1       BE WELL EQUIPPED FOR THE EXAM.

  • Calculator.
  • 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.