6 tips for Students sitting the Leaving Cert Maths exam
1. Understand Techniques and Concepts
Maths is a practical subject. It's unlike other school subjects where you can memorise content and then write it down in the exam. The exam will revolve around problem solving and knowing how and why. This means that anyone can get good at maths with some practice. When you're studying maths, try to have a good understanding every topic snd when it's appropriate to apply it in a question. When you're practicing exam questions, ask yourself why you're dong a particular calculation and why it works.
2. Attempt Every Question
It's so important not top leave a single blank. Even if you're completely at a loss be sure to have at least something down. You can get marks for even writing the correct formula, (from your logbook).
3. Read Every Question Carefully
Again this is so important. Students lose marks so often because they just haven't read the question correctly. A good tip here is to bring along a highlighter with you to the exam and highlight the key words so as to draw your attention to the most important parts of the questions.
4. Keep Your Work Neat and Tidy
You've a good chance of getting marks awarded if you keep all your answers neat and label all your rough work clearly. it's quite possible to answer a question a number of ways and examiners will award marks if the correct one is there. So be sure to label it clearly. Having your work neat and tidy also makes things easier on yourself when you're going back over things and checking your answers before you finish.
5. Don't Panic
If you get a question in the exam and you don't know how to answer it initially - relax. Panicking about it will only affect your problem -solving abilities which could have a knock on effect for the whole exam. if you don't understand a question right away, mark it and come back to it later.
There will always be questions on Algebra, Trigonometry and Probability & Statistics in the Maths Leaving cert exam. So as last minute preparations, you should spend most of your time going over these topics. However, maths is one of the most unpredictable exams. So you should always expect the unexpected.