MATHS BASIC ETIQUETTE
There are certain practices students must observe to please WAEC and school maths examiners
1. The student should ensure that there is consistency in equality signs when solving problems .i.e. all equality signs should be properly aligned.
2.Units must be put at the end of each answer if there is an indication for such.
3. Each question should be separated from others during school or external examination by at least two lines and by a line between sub-questions. Internal exams by at least two lines and by a line between sub – questions. Note that external exams may have their own rules.
4. All questions should be properly numbered and all sub-answers should be underlined with a single line. And only the final answer should be underlined with a double line. If an examiner picks up a paper and it is neat, it will look inviting or pleasurable to him or her for marking.
5. It is good to quote the appropriate formulae or theorem that supports the answer.
6. Questions that need tables and diagrams should be properly treated. That is, the tables and diagrams should be drawn. Rulers should always be used when drawing.
7. Jumping steps which should be stated in an examination should be avoided. Students should not assume that the examiner knows what he or she is doing. They lose many marks by doing this.
8. Approximating answers before the final answer should also be avoided. Approximation either increases or reduces the final answer. Students should approximate as minimally as possible.
9. Students should fasten extra sheets when used before submission to avoid being lost in transit.
ADDITIONAL POINTS TO NOTE WHEN STUDYING FOR WAEC/NECO MATHS EXAMS
10. Not all parts of the syllabus can be equally understood by all students. Each student has to decide which ones to
11. During private studies students should pick and handle many common place objects at home and school for application of maths ideas or formulas. They should also draw many of the mathematical concepts or their implications from practice questions.
12. They should learn what are called “maths tricks of the trade”. For example turning multiplication or division by 25 or 125 into multiplications and division by 100 and 4 or by 1000 and 8 respectively.
13.They should also engage in lots of mental maths.
14. The objective paper which usually covers most parts of the scheme has a maximum score equal to about 1/3 of the available maximum marks for the subject.
15. They should also note topics experts at WAEC say are usually found easier by students. These include:
a. Preparation of cumulative frequency tables.
b. Plotting points and drawing graphs.
c. Geometrical progression.
d. Logarithms, use of log tables and calculations of logarithms in base 102 .
e. Solving linear, simultaneous and quadratic equations.
f. Interpretation of pie chart questions
g. Using of tables to evaluate given trigonometrical expressions
h. Statistical charts.
i. Calculating lengths of solids.
j. Graph sketching.
k. Binary multiplication tables.
They can use these as basis for planning strategically for the exams
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