H2 Maths is one of the hardest subjects to study if you don’t have a supportive environment around you. This article will give you five essential tips that will help you on how to study for H2 Math exams and become a smart learner. Let’s get started
1. Know the topics you are weak in
Before you start to study for H2 math, you must know what topics you are weak at. From my teaching experience, every student’s struggles are different. Some students prefer statistics over pure math, some are visual learners, some can visualise 3D models well, some can do complex algebraic manipulation well.
Based on your prelims and your own experience, you have a sense of what topics you are weak in. For weaker topics, just try and allocate more time for them. For topics you are confident in, do some prelims questions on them or past year topical questions.
If you are generally okay with all topics, then allocate the amount of time to each topic based on the proportion of marks of each topic.
2. Master the major topics
In H2 math, Vectors takes up 30 marks and Integration Techniques affect Differential Equations and Applications of Integrations, which could amount to 30 marks too. Typically, once you get these two topics right, you already have 60 marks out of 200 marks secured which is 30% of the overall grade. I see some students put these topics for revision only when nearing exams as they feel that it will help them to remember better, unfortunately, H2 Math doesn’t work that way, we all know it requires consistency and practice. As daunting as these topics may be, try to do one or two questions each week just to retain the concepts learnt.
Mastery of any topic doesn’t mean you need to know all the formula before start trying out the questions. One of the serious problems I see students do often is that they try to memorise all the formula before attempting the questions. Topics like Vectors in H2 Mathematics, I would highly recommend knowing the basics between the relationships such as,
- Finding the shortest distance between
- Point to a Line
- Point to a Plane
- Two Parallel lines
- Two Parallel planes
- Applications of Dot and Cross Product
- Finding Equations of
Once these basics are established and mastered, just try and apply them, anything else is just an extension of these basics concepts. For our students, they can access all the videos on these concepts in the student portal.
What I usually asked students to do is to binge-watch the questions with video solutions in the morning when travelling to school on the bus or car, that later in the day attempt the same questions and see whether you really understood the explanation given.
We have a question bank that sorts all the questions I solved with Video solutions and Handwritten Solutions. Our students love it as it really reinforces the concepts and fundamentals. You can read the testimonials from our students here.
3. Master concepts before memorizing the formula
In many branches of mathematics, mastering concepts is paramount. This is why you have more M1 marks (Marks given for Method or showing that you understand the concepts) than A1 marks (Marks given for the accuracy of answers) in papers.
Try not to heavily memorize formula to questions types, watch and learn how to think and approach the questions, listen to what I said and how to approach and think through the questions and videos solutions available to you at our Question Bank.
4. Time management, The Pomodoro Technique
Time management is crucial. You can’t just study straight for 5 hours without break, it is just not humanly possible. I will share with you what I do to increase my productivity in my work, it is called the Pomodoro technique.
Basically, study for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break. During that break, do whatever you want, like playing a game or watch YouTube videos to recharge and rest your brain. Then process repeats. Take a long break of 15 minutes after 4 cycles. This technique is very effective for me, I find myself getting more things done. You can read it here,
So, I would suggest, break down and allocate more time slots for the topics you are weak in or major topics (Vectors, Complex Numbers and Integration and its applications). In every 25 minutes, do about 5 – 8 marks of questions and review Video explanation when needed. Write down notes for concepts do not just copy answers. Right answers are not that important, concepts are.
5. Time yourself as you study for H2 Math
For each paper or question that you attempt, time them. A general rule of thumb is that for every 10 marks use about 15 minutes to solve them. Of course, not all marks are created equal so it’s just a guide.
One of the many reasons why I think mock papers are important. I think you need to sit through papers that are set similar to the A level standard, probably a bit harder. To see how you stand for these papers. Try to do questions without help and see how many concepts you can recall within a time frame.