What might be some of the feelings that you associate with mathematics?
How do you feel about starting this course and why?
One feeling I associate with with mathematics is satisfaction. This is because I like knowing I got something right, especially if it is something I used to frequently struggle with in the past (like the venn-diagrams). It also means I now understand what I’m doing and can do it without any additional help. Another feeling I associate with math is puzzlement. There will definitely be some aspects of math we don’t understand and questions where we have to think about the type of equation to use.
I’m looking forward to starting this course as I want to be able to see how I can apply math to real life situations and perhaps link it to other subjects. As I am also taking Biology and ESS, taking this course will help me in those other subjects.
How do you like to learn mathematics?
I learn best if I see things visually. It helps give me a better understanding about what I should do in different situations (goes for all subjects). When learning, I also like to try and work things out for myself before I ask anyone for help. If I’m truly stuck, I will ask my peers or the teacher for help.
Which one of the following skills is your biggest strength in learning mathematics?
Which one might be the biggest area of focus for your mathematics in the first few weeks of Grade 11?
I am very persistent when it comes to learning math. As I mentioned earlier, I like to try and solve math problems on my own. I rarely ever give up trying to solve a math problem, unless I know for a fact that I am not getting anywhere on my own and still don’t understand despite getting parental help. Even then, I would wait to ask my teacher or my tutor next time I see them to help me with the question.
I would like to improve my critical thinking.
My Blob Tree
a) If you could do anything differently next time what will it be?
I spent weeks practicing for the maths exam with the help of my tutor. However, I didn’t put in as much effort as I think I should have until it was about a week before the exam. If I had, I think I would have performed a lot better in the exam. This is something I would like to do differently next time. I would also practice techniques I had previously learnt and thought were easy next time for the exams. This was one of the mistakes I had made as I had forgotten how to do HCL.
b) If you could only remember two things from this exam process in the future what would they be?
c) What would you tell yourself next year when you do the actual IGCSE exam?
To practice weeks in advance before the exam comes. It helps you retain what you’ve learnt the past couple of years as well as builds up confidence and it can help reduce stress levels. I would also advise myself to do more past exams within the given time as it can help improve speed as well as helps us to be used to doing tests under pressure.
d) What was the most interesting aspect of the course so far?
e) What was the most important thing you learnt? Why?
f) How do you recognise when you have done well in this test?
g) What was the most challenging aspect and why? How can you use the skills you learnt in the future?
Some challenging techniques I learnt this year was the simple and compound interest. I found it hard and really confusing. But with time and lots of practice, I had found it a lot easier to do. This technique will help in the future when you want to invest money into a bank.
h) If maths were a sport in the Olympics what would it be?
RHow has maths been?
It’s been alright.
- How is it different/same to what you expected?
Math has been the same to what I expected in terms of difficulty as we are learning new things. However I didn’t realise how much terminology and symbols we’d have to learn (e.g: R = regular numbers). I don’t think we had to learn this much terminology last year.
- What have you been pleased with?
I have been pleased with the Algebra unit as it was one of my favourites as I didn’t find it that difficult.
- What do you want to improve?
Revising as I think most of the mistakes I made during the test were silly mistakes or I had forgotten to do some of them.
- What is you goal for the end of the course?
To try and get an expanding level or at least a 5 for a test.
- How can I help you get their?