From the Editor’s Desk
18th Jan 2023
When studying Mathematics, it is not enough to do practice questions from the textbook or understand the concepts in theory. It is imperative that a student drills with past questions before their examinations, as this will help them identify the pattern which is prevalent in these questions to score well for the subject.
Students should perform these practice exam papers and time themselves so that they are sure that they can finish answering the questions in time. It is important that students simulate the actual examination as much as possible, as they will be used to exam conditions. Students who are more used to examination conditions will be less likely to panic when they sit for their actual exams.
Alternatively, if students want to revise a particular topic, they could obtain a book which sorts the past examination questions by topic. If a student is weak in a certain topic, they should focus on revising that topic and understanding the relevant concepts for the topic. For example, if the student needs help with translating graphs, they could do all the past year questions for the topic and check with their teacher or tutor if they are unsure about their work.
Aside from doing the questions as practice, students should mark the questions according to the answer scheme. It is not enough to merely do the questions; students must find out why the answers they have given are right or wrong. Students must take the initiative to find out the reason for their mistakes and how they can improve themselves. At times, the mistakes made by students are due to their carelessness, and at other times, the mistakes made are due to the student’s lack of understanding. By knowing the cause of the mistake, students will be able to improve themselves.