Specialist maths has a notorious reputation for being awfully difficult. Even though it can be hard at times, it is just maths at the end of the day – you need not to be a specialist. This study guide aims to give you some tips and tricks to navigate VCE Specialist this year.
How to prepare for SACs
Make use of all your class time by doing questions and asking for help when you hit a roadblock.
Ask your teachers questions. Teachers appreciate you taking the initiative and chasing them up.
The more questions you do, the better you'll do as a whole. I would first go through the Cambridge textbook which eases you into applying the new concepts you have learned.
I would always do practice SACs provided by the school before each SAC. These offer a level of difficulty which is much more akin to the actual SAC.
Make a killer bound reference. Make it easy to find everything, make your explanations brief, incolude lots of examples, have tips on how to use your graphic calculator and have fun making it.
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How to revise for exams
Be familiar with your graphic calculator. Make sure you do as many practice exams as possible. Always review your exams with the sample answers and assessor's report. Lastly, record everything you do so you can track your progress.
- Use the reading time to get a feel for what topics are covered and how you will approach the questions.
- Plan your time before going into the exam. I suggest you play to your strengths first and come back to topics you have trouble with.
- Put aside 10 minutes at the end to check through your exam. I was notorious for making silly mistakes throughout the exam so this part is crucial.
- Do NOT get caught up too long in a question. Rather move on and try and get as many marks as you can in the time available.
Some final tips
- Use your teachers
- Help and be helped by your friends
- Enjoy Specialist!
I hope you got something out of reading this study guide. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.
Umut & The Studyclix Team