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Improve Your ATAR Mathematics Applications Results

Updated: Apr 24

About Mathematics Applications ATAR

Mathematics Applications ATAR is a popular course for students, due to its applicable content, and because it is a pre-requisite for many university courses.

Maths Apps comprises of 4 Units. These are:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

  • Consumer arithmetic

  • Algebra and matrices

  • Shape and measurement

  • Univariate data analysis and the statistical process

  • Linear equations and their graphs

  • Applications of trigonometry

  • Bivariate data analysis

  • Growth and decay in sequences

  • Graphs and networks

  • Time series analysis

  • Loans, investments and annuities

  • Networks and decision mathematics

Many parts of the mathematics applications course are extensions of what students learn in year 10. These include areas such as algebra, consumer maths, linear and trigonometry. However, emphasis is placed on the application of these concepts (as the course name suggests). Naturally, many students struggle to thrive in this course, especially if they have difficulties in comprehension, or misconceptions in their mathematics knowledge from years gone.

Additionally, there are many concepts which are completely new to students, such as matrices, networks, and sequences.

This being said, students will be able to perform well if they are consistent in their classwork, homework and study. It's especially important to not let a misconception snowball. If a student doesn't understand something, they should seek help from their teacher, peers or a tutor soon, so this misunderstanding does not have an affect on later concepts.

What's Tricky in Maths Apps?

As mentioned, the nature of applying content can be difficult for many students. Additionally, some of the newer, more abstract concepts, such as matrices, can pose challenges for many.

How Can You Improve Your Maths Apps 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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