Prestwick Academy Study Skills and Numeracy
Numeracy across learning provides essential analytic, problem solving and decision making skills across the curriculum.
Old exams are the best clues to future ones.
How unfortunate would it be to miss out marks because of sloppiness? Make sure your working is clear and set out neatly so you don't confuse yourself, and also to make sure you can tell your sevens from your ones, and sixes from zeros.
Always read problems completely before beginning any calculations. If you glance too quickly at a problem you may have misunderstood what really needs to be done to complete the question.
Know your calculator. Different calculators can carry out calculations differently.
If you know that your answer to a question is incorrect, start over on a clean piece of paper. Often when you try to correct a problem you continually overlook the mistake.
Do not feel that you must use every number in a problem when doing your calculations. Some problems have extra information. These questions are testing your ability to recognise the required information as well as your reasoning skills.
Be sure your answer makes sense.
If time permits go back and solve the more difficult questions on a separate piece of paper.
Practise all problems until you have mastered the ability to solve them.
Be aware of what topics you know well and which ones need more practice.
Study in the proper environment
When stuck do not delay in asking for help.
In order to learn maths you have to be actively involved in the learning process. You need to work on homework problems even when you are not assigned any, and you need to study on a regular basis
Practise as much as possible. The best way to learn how to do problems is to do lots of them.
Create a study planner and use your time effectively.
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