Math Methods Past Exams

that will give you the skills, understanding and confidence for your exams

The best way to be prepared for SAC’s and exams is to practice past exam questions as part of your homework routine. You’ll:

  • Become familiar with VCAA exam questions.
  • Get better at solving the different types of exam questions.
  • Become more confident with harder exam questions.
  • Improve your understanding in just about every area of Maths Methods.
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What will past exams do for you?

  • With video solutions to guide you when you’re stuck you’ll start to understand how to do exam questions that initially seemed to be difficult to do.
  • Not all exam questions are difficult. If you make a start on exam questions related to the topic you’re doing, you’ll find that you can do some of them or maybe even all of them.
  • You don’t need to be doing a lot of them but you need to be doing some of them on a regular basis as soon as you can. Why? Because you’ll have more time to get better at them than if you start later in the year.
  • Over time you’ll find that you’re understanding each topic better and your problem solving skills are improving. You’ll also feel more confident about having a go at exam questions – two of the most important things that you need for your final exams.

Why practice past exams?

If you’re not practicing past exam questions, then you’re already falling behind students who are doing them. These students are:

  • Getting better at solving exam type questions.
  • Becoming familiar with what VCAA exam questions are like.
  • Improving their understanding in just about every area of Maths Methods.
  • Becoming more confident with harder exam type questions.

They know they can’t afford to wait until later in the year to start practicing past exam question. By starting now they’re getting an edge on other students – and if you’re not practicing them on a regular basis, that includes you.

How to practice past exams

  • If you really want to maximise your results in Maths Methods then you need to start practicing past VCAA exam questions on a regular basis. So, do a few exam questions every day you have Methods and at some point you’ll find that you’re getting better at solving them.
  • Practice them after you’ve finished your regular homework. Make time for them after every homework session you have – don’t make the excuse of not having the time to do them. Doing them straight after set homework is the easiest way of making time to do them.
  • Even if you get stuck on most of your homework questions – still do some past exam questions. Be disciplined and dedicated to practicing them and you’ll find that they’re starting to become easier to do.
  • Always choose past exam questions that are relevant to the topic that you’re doing at school. That way they’re going to complement each other and help you to accelerate your learning in each topic.

By having clear and easy to understand video solutions to help you when you get stuck, you’ll gain a better understanding of the concepts within each question. You’ll also start getting better at questions that you haven’t seen before.

What to Focus On
  • Put your focus on getting better at exam questions instead of stressing about methods.
  • If you do this you’ll get into a routine and you’ll find that just doing a few exam questions will give you a boost of confidence.
  • You’ll start to look forward to that moment of your homework when you’ve done another 4 exam questions.
  • You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re getting better at exam questions.
When You Get Stuck
  • Don’t worry when you don’t know how to do some of them.
  • The types of questions you’re doing require a different level of thinking.
  • When you do find out each solution you’ll still get that aha moment and even though you didn’t solve it, you still understand how to do it.
  • In doing so you add another thing you understand to your ever building repertoire of questions that you know how to solve.
You Won’t Get Phased
  • The important thing to focus on is getting through as many exam questions as you can so you get good at them.
  • The sooner you get started, the more you can do and the sooner you’ll get better at doing them.
  • The better you get the more confidence you’ll have when trying harder questions.
  • You’ll be so used to doing exam questions that you won’t be phased in your exams – it’ll just be another exam.