Hi guys! My first Studyblr series is especially dedicated for all the mathematicians in the making out there! ლ(╹◡╹ლ)
First thing’s first, nothing irritates me more than getting a U instead of a C/B due to my lack of care, despite understanding the topics I have revised. Last time, I lost 14 marks to careless mistakes and only managed to get a total of 13 marks in my math test. The overall marks was 40. I swear you don’t want to make such silly errors in big exams. Forgetting to change the symbols, miscalculating basic operations [+ / - / x / ÷ ] when you have a calculator?? making wrong substitutions, putting a decimal point in the wrong place, X becomes Y for no apparent reason… The list goes on… and on…
Although it may seem impossible to avoid sloppiness during calculations, here is what you could do to minimise them:
- Try to be neat, organised and consistent. Don’t scatter your workings. Make sure to do your expansions on another paper (scratch paper) if you’re doing differentiation/ integration. It’ll be easier for you to see whether or not you have finished differentiating/ integrating.
- Do not assume you can do the calculations in your head. A lot us like the quick way, which is fine but also helps us to lose more marks. So, show all your workings.
- Do not rush to finish. You want to be certain that you get everything right as possible. It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.
- Your handwriting should be easy to follow. Hate to break it but your handwriting can be the major cause of this problem. Apart from the examiners, it’s for your own good too. Take your time, at least half an hour to practice writing numbers and letters everyday.“I have a bad handwriting and I can’t help it”. In this case, you can try picking up a new pen, preferably the ones with fine tip because it makes your work looks neater.
- Be familiar of your common errors. This is so that you’ll be alert when you do the questions and be extra careful.
- Keep your equal signs lined up. This will make it easier for you to keep up with everything from the start right to the bottom.
- Don’t skip any steps. Many mistakes in Math are caused by trying to skip several steps due to shortage of time.
- Keep a List Of Errors. Write down the errors you continuously find yourself making. This means that you probably don’t have a good grasp the concept behind that type of problem. Go back, look for more examples and try to understand what you’re doing wrong.
- Bracket all the negative numbers!!! You don’t want your 3 marks to poof itself like that just because you added the numbers when you should actually subtract them, then affect all of your workings.
- When doing integration, put the constant number outside so that it will be less complicated for you to integrate. Don’t forget to put back the constant number after you finish integrating #TipsFromMyTeacher
- Write down what’s the X and Y/ A, B and C before you start substituting especially during quadratic! This is to get yourself away from putting in the wrong plug-ins.
- Check your work! Spare at least 5 minutes to go through your work before handing.
Other things you could do:
- Slow down. Don’t forget to keep track of time.
- Write down all the important laws before the exam start so you don’t forget.
- Avoid doing double calculations in a line. Do it one by one.
- Increase your fluency in math.
- Read instructions carefully. Underline/ highlight & understand what it wants.
- Remain confident! Don’t get flustered.
Hope this helps! Feel free to add in \(◦’ U ‘◦)/