Helpful tips to get you ready for VCE Mathematics exams

Linear functions - Features

Linear functions - Features

Linear functions are functions of the form f(x) = mx + c and their graphical representation is a straight line. m is the slope or the gradient of the line; it represents the steepness of the line. c is the y - intercept; where the line crosses the y - axis   If the straight line slopes upwards when moving from left to right, then the line has a positive slope or gradient. Equation of line: y = mx + c, where m > 0 Domain: R (the real numbers set) Range: R (the real numbers set)   If the straight line slopes downwards when moving from left to right, then the...

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How to use the VCAA Study Design for your Mathematics subject

How to use the VCAA Study Design for your Mathematics subject

Authored By Carmen Popescu-Rose 25 Comment(s)

Many students do not realise that the VCAA Study Design is the document that drives the curriculum. I have written some Summary Notes books for Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics and I keep being asked: "What textbook does your book follow?" The answer is "The Summary Notes books do not follow a textbook; they follow the VCAA Study Design." This brings me to you, the student. If you want to be up-to-date with the VCAA requirements, you have to start with the Study Design. I am going to use the VCAA Study Design for Further Mathematics to show you...

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How fractions could affect your exam marks

How fractions could affect your exam marks

Authored By Carmen Popescu-Rose 22 Comment(s)

Although fractions are basic concepts learnt very early on in your mathematical education, they continue to affect students' results in the VCE examinations. Here are some issues that arise time and time again. 1. Simplifying fractions You hear all the time "write fractions in simplest form." What does this mean? Here are some fractions that have the same value but are written using different numbers: The first fraction can be cancelled down by 6, the second fraction by 7 and the third fraction by 10. The answer written in simplest form is . If you had two of these fractions as...

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The exam is here... let's get started... with some tips

The exam is here... let's get started... with some tips

Authored By Carmen Popescu-Rose 10 Comment(s)

Once you have the exam paper in front of you, the first thing to do is ... take a few deep breaths and calm down ... It is not the end of the world. Just do your best.   1. READING TIME ... WHO NEEDS IT? Well ... you do ... and here are some tips of using the reading time effectively. Read all the instructions given and make sure you have a good understanding of whether you have to answer all the sections in the paper or only some of them. This applies to the Further Mathematics examinations where you have to answer two modules out of four....

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How to write Mathematics Summary Notes for best results

How to write Mathematics Summary Notes for best results

Authored By Carmen Popescu-Rose 0 Comment(s)

Summary Notes are just another tool to help you learn, understand, recall and revise the skills and knowledge required for the subject. They could also be extremely helpful in exams if you know how to use them efficiently.The information and advice given in this blog are intended to help you build up clear and comprehensive Mathematics Summary Notes. 1 Getting started Download and print a copy of the VCAA Study Design for the Mathematics subject for which you are making the Summary Notes.A link to the VCAA Mathematics Study Design is attached to the image shown. 2 Contents page Whether you are...

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