Revising for maths assessments

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1. Start it early. “Cramming” for exams is no substitute for methodical and sustained study throughout your course

2. Regular revision improves your memory and gives you a better understanding of the subject

3. Practise in all topics will help, especially in all areas of manipulative algebra, solving equations, rearranging formulae, expanding brackets, factorising, etc.

4. Practise answering questions that ask for an explanation – your answers should be concise and use mathematical terms where appropriate

5. Draw up a key facts summary of important facts, terms, definitions, theorems, formulae etc. Memorise any facts not provided on the formula sheet. You must be able to quote definitions and some formulae (ask your lecturer which). Bear in mind, however, that the exam is to test your understanding far more than your memory

6. Ask your lecturer what material will be provided in the exam and familiarise yourself with any formula sheets and tables.

7. Most Degree Regulations do not allow graphical or programmable calculators

  • If you take one into an exam, it will be removed from you unless explicitly allowed by the examiner
  • If in doubt, check with your lecturer well beforehand.
  • Take a calculator which will do powers and trig functions (and inverses); has some memory and stats functions, and make sure you can use it.

Remember: revision involves attempting questions, writing out definitions, proofs, drawing diagrams etc. and not just reading your notes over and over again.

Final tip:

Check the ‘Murderous maths site for useful tips to get you through maths exams.

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