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John Bransby is a former principal and examiner and is currently a Maths and Science Educational consultant
Studying Maths and Science, and other subjects that involve calculations, require a slightly different approach to studying other subjects. Here are some tips for doing well in these subjects:
1. Before class or before your study session
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When you are writing an exam, first write down all the formulae or important facts you are worried about forgetting.
Make a list of the stationery and instruments you need for your exam and pack it the night before.
Go to bed early the night before tests and exams so that you can wake up in time to quickly read through the sections you are worried about.
Stay positive and confident! Believe that you can ace the test or the exam.
Always test yourself on what you have studied - or ask someone else to test you.
Make sure you know and can explain all formulas and theorems in your exams. These are easy marks.
Once you have revised a section, do plenty of practice questions to check that you can apply your knowledge.
Find out what study method works best for you. Use mindmaps, flow diagrams and/or notes.
Work through worked examples and solutions step-by-step until you understand them well.
Keep healthy: Exercise, drink water and eat food that is good for your body and mind.
Look up definitions for words you don’t understand.
Study for 30 to 45 minutes at a time and then take a break – otherwise you won’t concentrate as well.
Create a realistic timetable to cover all the sections in all the subjects you are studying and try to stick to it.
Give yourself plenty of time to study before tests and exams.
Do extra questions and worksheets on sections you find difficult.
Make sure you understand the work you are doing in class and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.