Year 11 Leavers – Maths

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Maths Watch to finish off the assignments.
The tasks below are if you are planning on studying A Level Mathematics.

Tasks/ideas:

Year 12 Induction Task

In preparation for your studies at AS level, you will need to complete the following task for homework, DUE WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER:

Produce a written help guide for TWO of the following GCSE topics (all of which will support your AS Mathematics):

  • Calculating with Surds
  • Expanding and Factorising Quadratics
  • Straight Line Graphs
  • Sine and Cosine Rule
  • Averages from Grouped Frequency Distributions

Your written work should include diagrams (where appropriate), explanations, worked examples and evidence of your research (references to websites, texts, revision guides etc).

Core Mathematics Transition

Your A level in mathematics will consist of units in Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

A level mathematics uses many of the skills you developed at GCSE. The big difference is that you will be expected to recognise where you use these skills and apply them quickly and efficiently.

Success in Pure Mathematics particularly will depend on how willing you are to maintain and perfect these skills.

In order to get off to a good start you need to be prepared. Read through the advice and answer all of the questions to the best of your ability. You will need to hand in your answers by the end of the 2nd full week of term.

This work is compulsory for all students.

Skills for success

Be organised – keep your notes in an exercise books or in clearly labelled folders. Make sure you know where everything is and that you can find it easily.

Make sure your notes are clear and detailed – not everything of use will be written on the board. Listen carefully to what the teacher says and note down any useful hints and tips. Your teacher will model the best way to approach problems or apply skills so you need to make sure your notes clearly show what they were doing. Re-write out any notes that are scruffy or not clear. Annotate any hand-outs that you are given. Read through your notes to check you have everything you need and, if not, talk to your teacher about what you think is missing.

Be precise with your notation – you will probably have developed some bad presentation habits at GCSE level. Look at the way the teacher models each technique and try to do things in the same way. One difference between A level and GCSE is that the way things are set out becomes far more important.

Be accurate with your answers – A level questions often have several joined parts where one answer feeds into the next. You will need to be accurate so that your answers make sense. Feeding a wrong answer in to a calculation often results in something far more difficult to work out. Learn the quick checks that your teacher uses to test the accuracy of calculations.

Plan your time effectively – You will be taught a number of new skills. You will not become fluent in these unless you practise them. It is not enough to just understand what the teacher is telling you about a technique, you must practise it to become confident in it. This is true of all skills based subjects. Make sure you have the time to do all of the homework set for the deadline you are given.

Be prepared to change the way you do things – GCSE methods are not always the quickest or most efficient way of doing things. Skills you previously learned for GCSE often need to be refined. Try not to stubbornly stick to the GCSE way of doing things.

Get help from as many sources as possible – it is vitally important that you understand the work as you go along. Be honest with yourself when you don’t understand something and seek help. You can get some help from your peers, the text book or your teacher. The important thing is not to allow a technique or skill to pass by without understanding it.

Transition exercises

You may not use a calculator for any question except for Q15.

Unless a question is trivial (i.e. it can be done in your head) clear working must be shown.

Transition exercises

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