Assessment, Expectations and Tips to do well in Examinations

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Assessment, Expectations and Tips to do well in Examinations
H2 Mathematics JC1 2013 Assessment, Expectations and Tips to do well in Examinations

Assessment for JC 1 Promotion to JC 2: 2H2 passes and 2 H1 passes
(excluding H1 PW and H1 MT) Promotional Marks consist of: MSA (Term 2 Week 3): 5% Continuous Assessment: 10% Common Test (End June- term 3):20% Final Exam ( From 23 Sept to Oct): 65%

Assessment for JC 1 Continuous Assessment consist of: Math Task (3%)
Attitude marks (2%) – Based on completed assignments and the quality of assignments handed up and learning attitude displayed in class Lecture Test (5%) (Term 3)

Structure of H2 Mathematics
The Big Five of Pure Mathematics (70%): Graphing & Functions (JC1) (4 Chapters) Calculus (JC1) (6 Chapters) Summation, Sequences & MOD (JC 1) (3 Chapters) Vectors (JC 2) (2 Chapters) Complex Numbers (JC 2) (2 Chapters)

Structure of H2 Mathematics
Statistics (30%)(JC 2): Permutations and Combinations Probability Binomial & Poisson Distributions Normal Distribution and Approximations Sampling and the Central Limit Theorem Hypothesis Testing Linear Regression

What does all these mean?
Aim high “A” at A Levels require perfect solutions for a number of questions/topics. You must score “A” or at least a “B” at the A levels We can only go through each topic only ONCE. You need to learn it right the first time round. Review your own gaps and mistakes in particular topics through the worksheets/exams/tests. Keep a record of these to help you revise before the Examinations/A Levels.

View the Videos for the lecture (on Ask and Learn) Note down the questions that need to be answered During the lecture Be an Active Learner Listen out for the answers to the questions that you asked before the lecture Do the Hands-On Exercises! Jot Questions during lecture and ask tutors later After the Lecture Consolidate your learning by re-reading your notes before attempting your tutorial sheets Lecturer has to keep the flow and pace of the lecture.

Conduct During Lectures
Please visit the toilets before lectures Ask for permission from tutors if you need to move out of the lecture hall Be punctual for lectures and settle down quickly. Bring Lectures Notes and GC. Maths Rep to take attendance and ensure proper conduct (non disruptive behaviour) for the class during lectures.

Conduct During Lectures
Do not discuss among your friends when the lecture is on. Discuss only when permission is granted, e.g. during hands-on exercises Handphones and other electronic devices will be confiscated if used during lectures.

Tutorial Lessons (Flipped Classroom)
Preparation of Tutorial Lessons Start working on your tutorials as soon as you can (immediately after the lecture) If you get stuck, please view the relevant videos (on Ask and Learn) If you are still unsure, please ask your tutor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Preparation for Tutorial Lessons
Preparation for tutorial lessons is IMPORTANT Tutors will NOT be answering questions that you can simply look up in your lecture notes for the information or hear on the videos. Tutors will concentrate on INTEGRATING/IMPROVING your knowledge and skills

Tutorial Lessons (Flipped Classroom)
During Tutorial Lessons You will be given one assignment in class which you are expected to work on during class time. It is usually similar but harder than the tutorials given. You will be required to hand it in at the end of the lesson.

Writing of Topic Summaries
You are encouraged to get ready a notebook to write down important formulas and things that you have found useful in solving problems. Keep it with you always and refer to it when doing questions and for consultations Examples include Concept/Mind maps of the topic Frequently used formulas Important concepts and explanations Mistakes made by you that you want to revise before examination

Example of A Topic Summary
Point out the following: Concept/Mind maps of the topic (general presentation of the topic) Frequently used formulas (See standard formulas on the right) Important concepts and explanations (See notes) Mistakes made by you that you want to revise before examination

Consultations Always read your notes and check with your friends before asking your tutor Book a slot with your tutors through your Maths Rep Bring your Topic Summary Notebook and other materials Prepare your questions/doubts You should NOT be asking basic information. This shows a lack of effort on your part. Be clear on what you do NOT understand and need help in. Imagine you have time with Michael Jordan/Lionel Messi (or the best person in any field that you are interested in). You must ask him/her things that matter that you cannot get from anyone else. If you come to class unprepared without the basics, you will gain very little as Michael Jordan/Messi can only teach you the basics of the game. e.g. you don’t know how to pass the ball, so he has no choice but to teach you that. However, if you prepare for the session, e.g. you learn how to pass the ball, then Jordan/Messi can teach you the finer tricks of passing the ball, e.g. the chip etc. That way you become much better and improve a lot more from your session with Jordan/Messi.

Preparation for Exams Go through your Summaries & Lecture Notes
Practice Revision Packages Given out every major exam Practice 10 Year Series (topical) Work towards 1.5 min/mark (2.5 hrs for doing 3 hr paper and 0.5h for checking) Practice at least two full papers

Tips Do NOT procrastinate! Be Consistent in your Learning
JC is a very hectic and stressful period. Work builds up very quickly. Once work is assigned, do it immediately. Do not leave what can be done today for tomorrow. Be Consistent in your Learning Mathematical Thinking/skills are sequential and it will affect your mastery of other topics adversely if you neglect some topics You cannot mug at the last minute and expect to pass (let alone do well)

Tips Self Direction/Initiative is Required Be Organised
Be active in asking questions and consultations Learn from one another Be Organised File all assignments Keep a record of mistakes/things to revise before the exams

Tips Personal Learning is Important
You must be able to solve problems using the material taught You must assimilate/understand the methods and tricks taught You cannot copy your peers’ work or read through solutions and assume you can solve problems. The test is to do an unseen problem yourself and see how far you can solve the problem.

Recommended Textbooks/Guidebooks
A Level Mathematics H2 (Volume 1 & 2) Author: Alfred Low Publisher: James Collins Asia Guidebooks: A Complete Guide to H2 Maths Guide (Pure Mathematics & Statistics) Author: Lois Chee Publisher: Educational Publishing House Pte Ltd A Level H2 Mathematics Topical Practice

Term 1 Maths Notes Buy Math notes from the photocopy shop (\$5.75 per person) Math Rep to buy for the class Due to movement of classes, please inform the photocopy lady if there is an increase/decrease in the number of students doing H2 Math in your class

Temporary Website for Videos

Lecture Seating LT CC LT 1 LT 2
13A05, 13S01, 13S02, 13S07, 13S11, 13S15, 13S18, 13S19, 13S20, 13S20, 13S23, 13S26, 13S27, 13S28 LT 1 13A07, 13S06, 13S10, 13S14, 13S16, 13S17, 13S21, 13S22, 13S24, 13S25 LT 2 13A03, 13A04, 13A08, 13S03, 13S04, 13S05, 13S08, 13S09, 13S12, 13S13

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