he subject math has many topics to discuss and these topics are sometimes difficult and complicated. Students dislike math because of the many different topics that are mostly difficult to understand. There are terms to remember, formulas to memorize, and concepts to understand. In this article then, we are going to tell you about math and what we could do in order to improve our performances with regard to tests and exams.
First off, we are going to talk about a specific topic in math which is the bell curve. The Culture SG will be the one to explain about it.
A LITTLE ON BELL CURVE
Since many students were asking, I thought I’ll roughly explain the bell curve and its distribution properties.
Before that, I thought I should mention that I’m not really sure myself if Private Candidates and School Candidates share a different bell curve. I doubt so, since all take the same subject code, there should be no differentiation as there will be bias. And I do not really see a particular need for them if all the students take the same paper. There is no differentiation between taking the paper again and first time too, it doesn’t mean that you take it twice, you have a higher chance/ lower chance. They should be competing in all fairness still.
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A bit of intuition of how this bell curve thing works. We can’t have too many A’s. If ALL the JC students were to score zero mark and no student deviate (cheat), then all of you will get A. Similarly, if God answered all your prayers and ALL JC student were to score full marks, then all will get A. The curve attempts to distribute proportionally the results of everybody based on the marks, and place you in the correct percentile (probability). Read more here.
Now we know what a bell curve is, how it works and what its distribution properties are about as well. So if we ever encounter them in class, we at least have knowledge about it already. Now, let us talk about examinations. Paul Dawkins will give us some tips on how we should study for exams.
Studying for Exams
Here are some tips on studying for exams.
- Start on Day One. You should always be studying for the next exam. Do a little each day, or at the very least start studying 2 3 days before the exam. Do NOT start studying the night before the exam. Cramming, while a time honored college tradition, just doesn’t work as well as spending time each day studying, especially with a math class.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Get a good night’s sleep the night before the exam. It is important to be well rested and mentally sharp when you take the exam.
- Make a List of Important Concepts/Formulas. Review your notes and make a concise list of important concepts and formulas. Make sure you know these formulas and more importantly how to use them! Read more here.
If you are about to have an exam, we should also try having a practice exam at home, and in this way you would be able to know if you are ready enough and would also be able to identify what you need to review again. Now, we are going to read about an article by Grade Solution which is about how we could score for JC H2 math.
HOW TO SCORE FOR JC H2 MATH
This post will teach you how to score for JC H2 Math
Junior College (JC) is probably the toughest period in a student’s life. The amount of content to learn, absorb and apply in 2 years is really immense. I came from National JC and the thing I remembered most is the lack of sleep during those days. Lectures and tutorials are conducted at breath-taking pace and everyone has difficulty keeping u . I had to sleep late at night to finish the tutorials. As a result, my energy was drained in the day-time and I always sleep during the lecture. Since I didn’t listen in lectures, I always lag behind what the teachers teach in school and I have to do a lot of self-revision.
In my personal opinion, JC H2 Math has the highest jump in difficulty from Secondary Math. The difficulty didn’t jump so much from Primary to Secondary. But when it comes to JC H2 Math, even students who are very proficient in Secondary Additional Mathematics are struggling badly in JC H2 Math. JC H2 Math consists of 60% pure Math and 40% statistics. Pure Math include those topics which you learnt in Secondary School like Differentiation and a lot more. Statistics is a new field which JC student must study. It includes probability, permutation and combination and lots more. Being strong with Algebra is only 1 part of the equation. You must know your Trigonometry formulas at your finger tips, master lots more Differentiation and Integration techniques, and grasp a strong understanding of Probability and Statistics. Read more here.
One thing we could really do is to seek a good tutor. There will always be times when we would get hard up on lessons and the time in school is not enough for you to ask your teachers about it. That is why tutors are there to help you with it. There are different concepts and topics in math that needs to be studied well so we have already given you some tips to help you have a well performed and answered math.