MATHS ETIQUETTE FOR EXAMINATIONS & HOMEWORK
1. There are certain maths etiquette which an average student must observe in order to please an examiner or tutor.
2. Firstly, the student should ensure that there is consistency in equality signs hen solving problems .i.e. all equality sign should be properly aligned.
3. Units must be put at the end of each answer
4.Each question should be separated from others during school external examination by at least two lines and by a line between sub-questions. External exams usually have their own rules.
5.All questions should be properly numbered and all sub-answers should be underline 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 and be more favorably disposed towards the student
6.It is good to quote the appropriate formulae or theorems that support your answer.
7. Questions that need tables and diagrams should be properly treated i.e the table and diagrams should be drawn.Rulers should always be used when drawing
8.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. Marks might be lost by doing this.
9. Approximating answers before the final answer should also avoided. An approximation will either increase or reduce the final answer.Students should approximate as minimally as possible.
10. Fasten extra sheets to main ones when used, before submission, to avoid being lost in transit.
EXTRA POINTS FOR WAEC/NECO EXAMINATIONS
11.Not all parts of the syllabus can be equally understood by all students Each student has to decide which ones to concentrate on and which ones to spend less time on.
12.During private studies before the exams, the student should also pick and handle many common place objects at home and school for the application of maths ideas or formulae.He or she should also draw many of the mathematical concepts or their implications from practice questions. The student should also learn what is called “ maths tricks of the trade” .e.g. turning the multiplication or division by 25 or 125 into multiplications and division by 100 and 4 or by 1000 and 8 respectively. The student should also engage himself in a lot of mental maths.
13.The objective paper which usually covers most part of the scheme has a maximum score equal to about 1/3 of the available maximum marks for the subject.
14. Note also what the experts/examiners of WAEC say as topics usually found to be easier by students during examinations.These include:
-Preparation of cumulative frequency tables.
-Plotting points and drawing graphs.
-Logarithms and use of log tables and calculations of log in base 10
-Solving linear simultaneous equations and quadratic equations.
-Interpretation of pie chart questions
-Using of tables to evaluate giving trigonometrical expressions.
-Calculation of lengths. of solids.
-Binary multiplication tables.
You can use these as basis for planning your preparations for the exams.
.MR O.OWOLABI (EX –MATHS TUTOR OF MASON COLLEGE FESTAC).
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