How to Study for VCE Further Maths – The Three Common FAQs!
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- How can I achieve a 40 in the subject?
To cut right to the chase, you must work hard to do well in VCE Further Maths. A natural math ability is helpful; however, you will find that you are not the only one in the course that shares that ability. Firstly, you should be focusing on doing every question offered by your textbook AND checkpoints. This allows you to get a good understanding of the contents of the course, and a familiarity with how VCAA sets out the questions in the exam.
Secondly, you should ask your maths teacher/co-ordinator for all of the non-VCAA practice exams they have to offer (You don’t need to do VCAA practice exams, as all of the questions will be in Checkpoints. Alternatively, if you do not have checkpoints, you can find the same questions in VCAA practice exams). Doing these exams under timed conditions is important, as it really prepares you for the real exam.
2. What should I take into the exam?
As you should be aware, you can take either your own notebook or the textbook (one or the other) into the exam with you.
I highly recommend that you either take notes during class, or summarize the textbook into your own words (or both) and take these completed notes with you in the exam. This way, you will know where to find everything, and have the luxury of having easy to understand notes, tailored to you, made by you. This luxury is very helpful in exam conditions. If you are having trouble with your notebook, feel free to seek help from any Further Maths tutor here at LearnMate.
3. I’m really bad with the CAS! How can I improve using it?
The CAS is an invaluable asset in this subject, as you can use it in all forms of assessment. With this in mind, it is incredibly important that you know how to use it. The TVM (Finance Solver) is an important function of the CAS, and will be your go to when doing questions regarding Financial Maths.
Thankfully, the CAS is easy to use. Filled within your textbook are instructions of how to use all the different functions of the CAS. If this is not sufficient enough, you can ask any maths teacher within your school for extra help in using the CAS. As long as you are always practicing how to use your CAS, you will be fine come exam time.
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