How to Ace the HSC Maths Exams

Tips for Success in HSC Maths, Extension 1, Extension 2, and Maths General

Our team works with students all over the world, and we are aware that there are different testing and courses found in various areas and regions. In New South Wales, we find HSC (Higher School Certificate) Maths. Students across the region spend copious amounts of time preparing for the HSC Maths exams. In this article, we’re going to help you get ready for your course with some of the best tips for preparing for HSC Maths exams.

HSC Maths Subjects

Before we start, let’s outline which HSC Maths you could be studying. No matter which course you are studying, this article is for you; the tips in this article have been compiled with the help of students in various levels. It is important to know the difference between the courses. Also, we will be posting articles delving specifically into the finer details of each of these courses. We’ll begin with the four courses are available and a few of the topics they include. Here are the four courses currently approved and appointed by the Board of Studies.

The first course is HSC Maths

HSC Maths Exams HSC Maths 2U

HSC Maths 2U

Formerly known as HSC Maths 2U. Lessons within this course include topics such as various aspects on probability, geometrical applications of calculus, integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, and motion.

The second course is HSC Maths Extension 1

HSC Maths Exams - HSC maths Extension 1

HSC Maths Extension 1

Formerly known as HSC Maths 3U. In this course, students gain a thorough understanding and ability in various aspects of mathematics including many that can be used in the real world. Some lessons include mathematical induction, further calculus, inverse functions, counting techniques, and circle geometry.

HSC Maths Extension 2

HSC Maths Exams - HSC Maths Extension 2

HSC Maths Extension 2

Formerly and also known as HSC Maths 4U, is the third course. In this course, students see math as a living art that is intellectually exciting and relevant in real life. Topics include sketching graphs in depth, complex numbers, conics, mechanics, and volumes.

HSC Maths General 2

HSC maths Exams - HSC Maths General 2

HSC Maths General 2

HSC General Maths is the fourth course and has been exclusively designed for students with various abilities and differences in knowledge and understanding. This course embraces that math is deeply embedded in modern society. Lessons in HSC Maths General 2 include credit and borrowing, interpreting sets of data, surface areas, probability, modeling linear relationships, and more.

Studying for HSC Maths exams

While it might seem that no matter which school you go to, the quality of the lessons and the outcomes of the course would be equal, this isn’t always the case. Every school has strengths and weaknesses, and the quality of the course relies on a number of factors. Your experience with the course hinges upon various factors, as well.

Studying for HSC Maths exams can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t where to start. The key is preparing well ahead of time, and in this article, we’re going to outline some of the things you can do now to ensure success on exam day.

Don’t wait until the last minute

Cramming is not an advisable way to study. This can lead to big problems on test day! Instead, study over the course of the year to familiarize yourself with as much information as possible over the year while giving your brain time to soak up everything.

Learn a lesson from past papers

High-scoring students agree: using their past papers for guidance has been crucial to their score. Go through your past papers to determine your problem points, then practice them.

Show all your work

Showing all of your work for each problem can save your score, even if your final answer is wrong. Learn to work through each formula and problem step by step.

Hone in your test taking skills

Sharpening test taking skills can increase your exam score. Learn to read questions 2-3 times to ensure that you won’t miss out on small details. If you are in a rush, your answers could be wrong. Work on strategies for multiple choice questions, such as calculating the answer before seeing if its an option on a multiple choice question. The answers are often similar, so be careful! Don’t spend too much time on multiple choice questions. Come back to the difficult ones. For free response questions, read all the parts and focus on the keywords. Draw out the topics being mentioned and make your answer as extensive as needed in proportion to the value of the answer.

Understand the exam structure

Get a thorough understanding of the HSC maths exam’s structure ahead of time. Each test has two sections. In HSC Maths Extension 1, the first section is multiple choice and the second is free answer. There are many questions about preliminary course material. Extension 2’s exam includes about 30% of topics from the “Harder Mathematics Extension 1 Topics” section.

Be familiar with your resources

Learn the instruments and resources at your disposal. Get to know the calculator you’ll be using – and make sure it’s an approved one! Also, learn how to use the “Formulae and Data Sheet” for Maths General 2 or the “Reference Sheet” for the other HSC Maths courses.

Hire a tutor

Prepping for HSC Maths exams can no doubt be stressful. When time is short and you don’t know where to start, a tutor can provide the support and structure you need. A tutor will work with you to strengthen you study and test taking skills while helping you get ready for your exam.

Preparing for your HSC Maths exam can be stressful, but with the right resources, strategies, and people in your corner, you’ll be able to rest easy after exam day!

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