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IGCSE Maths-Exam Tips!!!!!

Discussion in 'Help, Ideas & Suggestions' started by princessanum, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. princessanum

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    How to avoid common mistakes
    • Always read the question
    I know this may sound obvious but it always surprises me how often students don't read a question. They see a diagram and ignore any comments about it or any earlier notes and rush straight in. It can often be a good idea to highlight or tick off each point as it is read, so that you don't miss anything.

    • Accuracy
    Always check after you finish a question that you are giving the answer to required degree of accuracy that was asked for. It may be 3 significant figures, 1 decimal place etc. Why lose an accuracy mark unnecessarily?

    • Rounding Errors
    When a question involves several stages of working where answers end in long decimals, DO NOT round up. If you use the rounded value again in another part of the question it will cause the next answer to be slightly out. Instead write answers at any stage as un-rounded values so if the calculator gives an answer such as 23.456782314 simply write 23.4567. Use this or your calculator value in further calculations to avoid rounding errors.

    • Simultaneous equations
    Most questions that are set will give nice answers, usually integer values. If you get horrible decimals then suspect your answer and check again. It is quite likely that you have made a mistake somewhere.

    • Inverse percentage questions
    These are questions where you have to calculate the original value before an increase or decrease has taken place. These can be tricky but you should be able to tell if you have made a mistake as the answers are almost always a clean answer. Get a long decimal that needs rounding and the chances are you have made a mistake.

    • Probability
    When calculating a probability, check that your answer always lies between 0 and 1. 0 means the event will never happen and 1 that it is guaranteed to happen. I am still surprised how many times I see students give answers more than 1 and are quite happy to accept it.
    • Mean
    When calculating the mean from a set of data make sure your answer lies between the lowest and highest values of the set of data. If it is outside this range it must be wrong.

    • Cumulative frequency graphs
    Always plot points based on the upper bounds of any class intervals, NOT midpoints.

    • Solving Quadratic Equations
    When a question says solve the following quadratic giving answers to 3 significant figures or several decimal places then do not waste time trying to factorise it. It will not factorise. Instead, use the quadratic formula.

    • Pythagoras' Theorem
    When finding a shorter side of a right angled triangle check that the answer is smaller than the hypotenuse. If not then the chances are you added rather than subtracted the squares of the two other sides.
     
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    thanks
     
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    i am surprised to see the summary of my experience in this subject written over here. Those experiences or ur tips took me to A* :)
     
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    can any of you help me how to get an A* in maths
     
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    understand every concept well. Do each every question in every paper from about 2002/2003-2012. don't miss any topic on choice and do extensive practice. This will let u know where u need to revise. Also try to understand how examiner's mark the scripts. This can be done by understanding mark schemes n examiner reports. This will tell u what examiner is looking for. Go through different revision guides to get new methods and examiner tips. Pay special focus on accuracy problems i.e giving answer to the required accuracy.
     
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    thanx can you give tips about bio atp and paper 3 and chem as well
     
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    bio is nt my subject, for chemistry the only tip i can give u is to follow a good revision guide endorsed by cambridge along with ur text book
     
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    savvy thanks
     
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    This helped me a lot, as I am writing my p2 tomorrow and my p4 on monday 8th, Thanks a lot fam!
     
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    Woah I just realised this post is from 2012, wow it's old!
     

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