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10 Essential tips on how to be successful in your next maths test? By Ultimate Maths | Tips & Tricks| July 24, 2015 | See comments The following 10 tips will help you perform well in your next maths test. 1. Participate in class This is an obvious one but still, a lot of students do not pay attention during class. If you work well throughout the whole year and try to do as many practice questions as possible in class, this will reduce the amount of time you have to spend on revision. Furthermore, you will be well acquainted and confident with most topics and you will be able to use more of your revision time before a test to try exam style questions. Also, ask questions if you don’t understand a certain concept. If you can follow easily, this will make maths class more enjoyable for you. 2. Keep a neat and organised work book Not only will this make your teacher happy but it will also make it easier for you to review topics. If your book is organised, you will be able to find topics you need to revise a lot quicker. Highlighting important formulas and examples can also be helpful so that you can recognise them easily when starting your revision. 3. Start revising early Don’t leave your revision until the last minute. It is better to start revising several weeks before the test and only do a little bit of revision each day that working for hours over the last couple of days. 4. Plan your revision Although you don’t have to make a detailed plan for a normal test, it is still wise to note down all the topics and subtopics you have to learn. Ideally, format it like a checklist so that you can tick which topics you can do. You can also colour code the topics so that you know which ones you have to go over in detail, the ones you have to review a bit and the ones that shouldn’t require a lot of revision. Make sure to use this checklist throughout your revision. 5. Go through the text book Don’t just look over the questions you have done in your exercise book. It is also wise to go through your text book and look at the explanations and examples/proofs for the different topics. Studying those will help you to understand and remember how to tackle a problem and may even be useful in a test when you are asked to prove something. 6. Test yourself There are various ways to test your understanding. Either attempt questions or ask your parents to test you. Another option is to make a study group with your classmates in which you can test yourself (remember not to go off-topic and starting to talk about something else while revising with friends). Whatever works for you. 7. Try exam style questions Trying exam style questions or even real questions from past exams is very useful. Not only does it test your understanding, but it also confronts you with the type of questions you will possibly encounter in the test. 8. Find multiple ways to solve problems In case you forget how to solve a problem one way it is always good to have a back up. Try to learn multiple ways of solving problems. For example, you can solve quadratics using factorisation, the quadratic formula, completing the square and using graphical methods. In a test, you may even be asked or expected to use a specific one of these methods. 9. Stay concentrated When revising make sure to take regular breaks. Also, drink a lot of water and eat sufficiently. During the nights, sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours so that you are well rested to revise the next day. 10. Before the test… The evening before the exam, you should do some last bits of revision and make sure that you get enough rest. Stay calm and tell yourself that you can do this. If you have revised well, there is no need to worry. We hope that this small list of essential tips will help you with future exams. Of course, some of them are more important than others and you have to see which ones work well for you. Good Luck.
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