Mathematics: Last-Minute Tips


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Here are a few last-minute tips for writing your Mathematics paper:

* Make sure you fill up the necessary details on any graph papers. Also mention the question number and the section it belongs to.

* For clarity, outline/highlight your answer in a box, ex. if your answer is x=2 , draw a box around it so that it is easier for the examiner to locate your answer.

* Do not skip steps. Write down each and every step even if you feel it is very easy.

* If you have applied a specific technique in arriving at your answer, mention the name of the method, ex. if you have applied componendo and dividendo, then write down ‘by componendo and dividendo’ next to the step in parenthesis.

* Draw clear and neat diagrams and label them. Also, ex. if AB indicates the height of the tower, then mention separately, ‘AB=height of tower’, etc.

* Read the question thoroughly. Do not be in a hurry and see what the question is asking and attempt it accordingly.

* Check your paper twice and if you have the time, check it thrice. Make sure you don’t make any silly mistakes in calculation. To make it easier to recheck your answers, make sure your rough work is done on the same page as the answer and that it is clearly written and legible for you to recheck the calculation.

* Do not jumble up the steps. If you feel your answer seems jumbled up, leave a line after each step to make it look neat and clear.

* Leave a page if you don’t know the answer and come back to the question later. Do not waste time on a question that you are unsure of and which you need time to think upon.

* Check your paper and make sure you have answered each question and sub-question. If a question has two parts mentioned in the same line, make sure that you read the question till the very end and attempt all parts. If you have left a question to attempt later, make sure you go back and complete it.

Hope these tips help you while writing your exam paper! Keep visiting for more such tips! 🙂

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Tips and Hints

Tip of the Day #4


Time for my “Tip of the Day”! It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it?

Tips and Hints

Tips and Hints

Well, one thing that I have noticed among my readers, is that many are confused as to how they should study for math and physics. These two subjects leave them desperate for help. Worry not, my friends! Math and physics aren’t necessarily that difficult, if you make an attempt to change the way you look at them. Pretend that those two are your most favorite subjects and which you find very easy, and voila! Slowly and steadily, they will become easier for you.

In the meantime, while you keep your imagination process on, also keep in mind to make notes – in math and in physics. For  math, make notes regarding all important formulae. You will find a PDF on important formule in math below:

https://icsehelpline101.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/mathematics-important-formulae-and-points-to-note/

The key is to write, write, and write.

Write and rewrite those formulae. Yes, I may sound like a first grade teacher, but that’s the key to memorizing all those formulae! Write them down, stick them on your cupboard or bulletin board, and take five to ten minutes each day to just go through them. You’ll learn them in no time! Half the problem solved! 🙂

Also, practice, practice, and practice those sums. Solve all examples, solve all chapter tests, and solve all exercises. You will then be familiar with all kinds of sums and there won’t be a single question which you won’t be able to solve. Give it a try! Do those examples first and then solve the exercise. The examples are given for a reason – they teach you the basics and all give a variety of sums which you may come across.

The same goes for physics. Write those formulae and rewrite them. Go though them once a day, whether it’s while you brush your teeth, wait for the bus, on the bus ride, during recess, etc. Take a couple minutes out from your day to revise those formulae.

Making notes during class can also help. Writing is what will get you everywhere. The brain finds it easier to store data when you write it. Writing the data helps you visualize it once again and when you look at those formulae, BAM! The data gets stored in your brain. 🙂

 

Thank you and keep on writing!

 

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Math: Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Notes)


Rubik's Cube, color scheme modified, with shad...

Rubik’s Cube, color scheme modified, with shadow and reflection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This PDF file I found on the internet, from the website www.examrace.com, is extremely helpful. If you go through it, it will make arithmetic easier for you. The file includes ways to remember which numbers are divisible by which, how many prime numbers there are from 1 to 100, and various other shortcuts.

NOTES – Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

Do check it out… You won’t be disappointed! 🙂

Mathematics: E-book!


Addition, division, subtraction and multiplica...

Addition, division, subtraction and multiplication symbols (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A noted follower had requested a PDF file of questions/answers. Well, this is even better! The following link is of an e-book of Mathematics by Mr. M. P. Keshari.

PART 1 (Chp 1 to Chp 11):  http://www.icseguess.com/ebooks/x/maths/part1/

PART 2 (Chp 12 to Chp 23):  http://www.icseguess.com/ebooks/x/maths/part2/index.php

PART 3 (Chp 24 to Chp 29):  http://www.icseguess.com/ebooks/x/maths/part3/index.php

It is thorough and even has examples of solved questions. Very useful! Do check it out! 🙂