# Mathematics studying tips

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## Mathematics General Studying Tips

Taking math examinations can be made easier by keeping up with your homework. Do the problems as they are assigned. Math usually builds from one problem or chapter to the next. If you understand the first step, you can start to understand the next one.

**Purchase several good reference books and workbooks.**

If you are not sure which book to purchase, do get some advice from your Mathematics teacher.

**Analyse each sample solution given in the books.**

This takes time, but as you analyse the solution, you will actually begin to understand how and why the question is solved in that manner.

**Understand concepts. Mathematics is all about concepts.**

Talk about algebra, it is about concept. Talk about trigonometry, it is about concept. If you understand the concept of the topic, you have won half of the battle.

**Ask should you have any questions.**

You may approach your teacher or even your friends. Show them your working and where you are stuck at, and request for their assistance. You may also compare your workings with your friends and you will know that there will be more than a solutions to a question.

**Form a study group**

Try to get into a study group with several other students. By talking about the problems, you can find out how well you know them.

**Last but not least, the sacred word; practise makes perfect.**

With practice, you would understand the logic of using this formula or that method. You would then able to easily identify and apply the correct formula or method to effectively tackle each of the problems. Try to attempt all the past years question to get a rough idea on how the topics will be tested.

**Tips on answering mathematics questions during the examination**

When you get your test, look over the entire document. Get an idea of what is being asked so you can set priorities as to which problems need the most attention.

Make sure that you read the instructions. Not doing what is asked is one of the most common ways to miss test questions. If you write out your work on one paper then copy it on the test, recheck it to make sure that you have written out each step correctly. Make sure that you do not skip a step in solving a problem. When using a calculator, be sure to go back and redo the numbers. You can easily punch in a wrong number, but the odds that you will do it twice are not as high.

When taking your test, if you get to a problem or an area of problems that give you trouble, go on to the next section. You can always go back to the problem after you have completed the others. Never turn in a test paper without going over your work again.

## Mathematics Studying Tips for PMR

## Mathematics Studying Tips for SPM

For SPM, mathematics is considered as a very important subject. One must pass this subject along with Bahasa melayu to obtain the certificate. It is also compulsory because it is one of the minimum requirement for student to get a degree or diploma certificate later on.

Mathematics (Modern Math) can be considered as the easiest subject for science stream students as some of the questions like area and Perimeter of a Circle and Volume of Solid had been taught in Form 2 for PMR examination and it is not in Form 4&5 syllabus. However, Many students find themselves in a pool of confusion when they study mathematics. Most of them find it very difficult to understand why such a formula is used, why such a method is applied, or how such an answer is obtained. But they should remember,nothing is unsolvable(at least for SPM level). Mathematics is about once creativity. One question with thousands of methods seeking for one answer. It is just a matter of perspectives.

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### 10 Commonly Asked Every Year(SPM)

#### Paper 2 (Section A)

1) Volume of solids (which was taught in form 2)

- most of the formulae given are for this question
- make sure the formulae are used correctly
- combined solid is sum of volume of the solids
- remaining solid is the subtraction of bigger solid and smaller solid

2) Angles of elevation and depression

- using trigonometry rule

3) Mathematical reasoning

- statement ‘and’ and ‘or’
- If p, then q. If q, then p.

4) Simultaneous linear equation

- equalize the same unknown and take out
- don’t use Add Math method, answers will be different.

5) The straight line

- y = mx + c
- gradient, gradient….
- What is c? c (y-intercept) is the point where the line touches the y-axis.

6) Quadratic expressions and equations

- ‘solve the equation’ is to find the unknown
- change the equation of the question into this form
- factorise by your own or using calculator
- must state x = ?, x = ?, there will be 2 answers

7) Matrices

- will mostly ask inverse matrix
- if you’re not sure about the answer, check if the whole outcome is identical to the inverse matrix in the question.
- the answer in a) is related to b)

8) Area and perimeter of circles (same as number 1)

- 2πr (perimeter or circumference) and πr2 (area)
- (angle/360 degree) x the formulae above for the area or perimeter of certain part

9) Probability

- is more of (number / total number).
- the formulae given are plain useless
- final answer is never less than 0 or more than 1, 1 > answer > 0

10) Gradient and area under a graph

- based on speed/ time graph

= distance is area of the graph, rate of change of velocity is gradient of the graph, speed is based on the graph (seldom being asked)

- beware of total distance and total speed

## Mathematics Studying Tips for STPM/Matriculation/A Level

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