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How to Improve Your ATAR Mathematics Methods Results

About Mathematics Methods ATAR

Mathematics Methods ATAR is a challenging maths course which seems students exploring calculus. The goal of maths methods is to prepare students for further study, and a potential career where the principles of mathematics are applied.


Maths Methods comprises of 4 Units. These are:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

  • Counting and probability

  • Functions and graphs

  • Trigonometric functions

  • Exponential functions

  • Arithmetic and geometric sequences and series

  • Introduction to differential calculus

  • Further differentiation and applications

  • Integrals

  • Discrete random variables

  • The logarithmic function

  • Continuous random variables and the normal distribution

  • Interval estimates for proportions


Maths methods contains many new concepts as listed above. Much of what is learned in methods relies on a properly understood basis of the topics learned in the lower years. These topics include algebra, trigonometry and general number sense. If these areas are weak, students will quickly fall behind.


This doesn't mean you should choose applications, or stick with it. Consider going back to content from previous years. Can you do everything in year 10 algebra and trigonometry? If not, you should spend some time re-learning these fundamental topics.



What's Tricky in Maths Methods?

Calculus can be a steep learning curve for many students. Make sure you have a clear mind, and don't have too much on your plate. This will cause you to fall behind.


How Can You Improve Your Maths Methods Results?

Consistency is key when it comes to learning everything, however, this may be most true for mathematics. Students should aim to keep on top of what they are learning, do a bit of revision each night, and ask for help when they need it (not right before an exam!).


A tutor is also a great way to keep on top of the content. Whether you're really struggling, or could do with a weekly touch base and consolidation session, there is value in a tutor.





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