Subject Study Tip Series

Mathematics B is considerably more theoretical than Mathematics A, requiring advanced technical rather than practical mathematical skills to successfully complete. It’s also a common prerequisite for many courses at Universities in Queensland especially, but all around Australia.

Mathematics B is a recommended precursor to tertiary studies in subjects with high demand in mathematic knowledge. Especially in the areas of science, medicine, mining and engineering, information technology, finance, business and economics.

If you’re interested in any of these courses, it pays to take an interest in Maths B.

Subject Study Tips for Mathematics B (8 of 11 in the Series)

1. Practice the Real Deal

The Holy Grail of studying maths is definitely past exam papers. Just like in any sport, no amount of training can compare to a real competition. So whenever the opportunity arises practice past exam questions and papers. But remember, these papers are only as valuable as you make them. So be sure that while you attempt past exams that you make a note of all of the mistakes that you have made, and attempt questions that you have not seen before in class.

2. Quality and Quantity Matter

The best results come from students that have practiced not just the most questions, but the widest variety of questions the most often. There is no point just studying all the ‘easy’ questions at the beginning of each topic. Being exposed to the largest variety of questions is more valuable. Especially when it comes to an exam, and you are exposed to questions that are modelled in a different form than what you are used to.

3. Maths in not a Spectator Sport

You won’t score any goals by sitting on the sideline, just as you won’t learn too much just by watching the teacher explain something as they write it on the whiteboard. In order to really learn maths you will need to actively listen to the teacher, understand what they are explaining, and then apply the techniques yourself in practice. Also, remember that if you don’t understand something, don’t just let it pass you by, get clarification!

4. Write Neatly and Accurately

Always look at how many points a question is worth and then provide sufficient reasoning to justify those points. This is where being neat is a bonus. If you don’t come to the correct answer, however all your working was correct you are likely to receive part-marks. On the contrary, if your writing is messy and the marker cannot read your working, you are much less likely to get the same marks for justification.

In Summary

  • Practice Exam Questions
  • Quality and Quantity Matter
  • Actively Participate in your Learning
  • Write Neatly and Accurately

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