#1 Why should I be doing Maths?

  • Your interest: Your first and foremost reason for choosing Maths should be that you enjoy the subject or at the very least find it interesting enough to study.
  • Another reason could be Prerequisites: If the university course of your choice requires you to study Maths, then that might be another reason for you to study Maths.

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#2 Does 2U Maths scale well?

  • Whilst 2U Maths has a reputation for scaling fairly well, this is largely dependent on your cohort’s performance in the subject as a whole. However, a recent article on the Sydney Morning Herald has cast suspicion even on the 2U Maths’ apparently great scaling.
  • Whilst it is reasonable to consider the scaling aspect of your subjects, I would recommend against choosing subjects based on how well they scale. Instead, choose Maths only if you are passionate about and interested in it. If you are passionate, then you will do well in Maths and this will then make you nearly immune to the scaling aspect of Maths.

#3 What is the best way to go about studying for my exam?

  • The best way to go about studying for the Maths exam is to first revise theory, preferably from your concise handwritten notes. And then to revert to past papers and questions from different textbooks.

#4 Should I make notes for 2U Maths?

  • Yes, you should. Notes are extremely useful when it comes to revision for exams so definitely makes notes that are concise and informative.

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#5 How can I maximize my marks in 2U Maths?

  • By practising and learning from your mistakes. Practice makes perfect. They don’t quote this for nothing. Practising past papers is what is going to give you the edge that will enable you to ace your exams. But despite all that practising, you will still make mistakes. But the trick to moving on from those mistakes is to learn from them and not make them the next time.

#6 Do I need to memorise formulas for exams?

  • In case of majority of formulas, yes, you ought to learn them. Memorising formulae will prevent you from flipping your pages back and forth when it comes to exam time.

#7 Which textbook should I use to study for my exams?

  • No one textbook- should be a combination of textbooks. Following are some exemplar textbooks that examiners use to model questions from:

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#8 What kind of questions am I going to be asked in the HSC exam?

  • To assess the level of those questions, refer to past papers and attempt them. Use the Excel Past Papers textbook or the BOSTES website for past papers.

 #9 What topics do I need to study the most for?

  • Based on the past papers’ trend, you are tested on all topics but the ones that tend to be very prevalent in the majority of the exam papers are calculus and its applications, trigonometry, probability, geometry and algebra.

#10 Do I really need to be doing my homework every day?

  • Yes, you should to be completing your homework as often as you are given it. And if there are assignments or assessments occurring, allocate time to catch up on the parts of homework you’ve missed attempting.

#11 What do I do if I have a bad teacher?

  • Teachers quite significantly influence your perception of the subject and if you happen to dislike your teacher, then, your HSC journey is going to be a bumpy one. But worry not! If you have a bad Maths teacher, you’re still in luck because Maths is one subject that you can teach yourself and still achieve wonderful results.
  • The best way to teach yourself is by studying the content a week ahead of school from the textbook and different websites, including YouTube (which has an amazing collection of videos covering various Maths topics), and you will understand it fully by the time your teacher is done giving a mediocre explanation and examples.
  • After that, test your knowledge by going through your textbook questions and past papers. There, you’ve just managed to become your own teacher and a darn good one at that too!

Good Luck!

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Mansahaj Kaur completed her HSC in 2015 and now studies Bachelor of Commerce/Laws at USyd. She thinks that English is the most versatile and loveable language on planet Earth and she loves dabbling in anything English related, writing included. But then again, this could be because she hasn’t learnt French or German or Japanese yet. But it’s on her bucket list, mind you! Her desire to learn another language or two is only matched by her passion for eclectic tones and mystery dramas- yes yes, Sherlock, too. She is an avid reader and writer, her favourite series still being Harry Potter, despite her having read numerous renowned classics. Mansahaj likes to think that by becoming a lawyer, she might be able to make a slight, small-as-your-pinkie, teensy difference in the world; but that could be wishful thinking!