Maths Tutoring:~ Study & Exam Tips:


Study Tips

If you struggle with a question or topic ask your teacher, as soon as possible, to help.

There are lots of resources available online – check them out.

Find a good text book that is designed for your exam and exam board—there are often several. You may be able to borrow one form a library or friend. If it is a particular topic you are struggling with you may find an answer in a Maths book for a different exam.

Keep refreshing and practising topics you covered early on in your course throughout the course—not just at the end of the course, during pre-exam revision.

You don’t always see this tip. Sometimes, you just can’t understand the logic of a topic—why a method works or is used. If you have tried different options to understand, and still don’t get it. practice questions on the topic over and over again by following worked examples. It often happens that after doing this, the mind will suddenly have a eureka moment and understand why the method works.

Become familiar with the calculator you will use in the exam. It could be a real one or a virtual one if taking an online test.

Ask your teacher what formulae you will be given in the exam and what you need to learn.

Use the formulae booklet when practising.

Practise with past exam papers – make sure they relate to your exam board and syllabus.

Become familiar with the requirements asked for on the fist page of exam papers. For example, are you asked to provide answers to 3 significant figures, unless stated otherwise?

Plan your revision (don’t leave it to the last minute) – create a timetable.

Try mind-mapping, if it helps.

Have regular short breaks – exercise and wander. A walk is a wonderful cure for stress and aid to understanding.

Exam Tips

Read the first page carefully at the start of the exam – there may have been changes.

Do the easy questions first – this will give you confidence and calm the nerves before you go back to the harder ones.

Most exams expect you to show your workings – there may be a separate box for this.

Usually, the number of marks each question is worth is stated. This gives you an indication of how many calculation steps should be written down.

Use the formulae booklet if there is one (become familiar with the booklet before your exam).

Draw a diagram – this can often help you to understand the problem. (If there is already a diagram or table, it may help to add to this.)

Read the question carefully – twice, if necessary.

Do you need to convert units first?

Check your answer if possible: do a reverse calculation, use an approximation, use a different method, or use your intuition (does it look or feel right).

After completing your answer, glance back through the question again: Have you actually given the answer that was required? Have you given the answer to the correct significant figures (s.f.) or decimal places (d.p.)? Have you included the correct units?

If you have returned to a question, after answering all the questions you can complete, and are still struggling with it and can’t do the first part, can you do the second part? Even if it uses the answer to the first part, you may still get marks for correct workings using an incorrect figure. Sometimes you can answer a second part without doing the first part.

If you have time left, go through your answers again and make sure they seem right.

Don’t worry if it seems to have gone badly – it may not have. If it has, remember there are more important things in life than maths!




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