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Discrete exam preparation - final

Discrete exam preparation - final

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DISCRETE MATHEMATICS: EXAM HINTS
NB: These sheets were written by experienced teachers and are intended as
a GUIDE only.
IN GENERAL
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When REVISING:
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Do as many questions as you can.
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Always work with a pen in your hand.
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PREPARATION PRIOR TO EXAM:
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Your calculator:
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Change batteries a week before the exam.
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Make sure you have the standard settings entered.
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Your notes:
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Use the full two pieces of paper.
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You are allowed to write on BOTH sides \u2013 use this!
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Write down the calculator settings for:
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box & whisker plots (both individual & frequency);
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scatter diagrams;
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statistics calculations (both individual & frequency); and
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altering the size of a graph (viewing window).
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Your Game Plan:
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Read the cover sheet of the exam and form a game plan:
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Q: Which type of question will you do first?
A: The easiest.
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Q: Speed of answering questions?
A: One mark per minute.
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Q: What to do about hard questions?
A: Move on.
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Q: What to do to avoid panic?
A: Be confident.
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Q: What if you DO panic?
A: Breath deeply andrelax.
DURING THE EXAM
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Attending the exam:
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Arrive 30 minutes early
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Go to the toilet.
o
Relax and stay away from nervous people.
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Entering the exam:
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Check your pockets for any \u201crevision notes\u201d.
o
Calculators and notes and other things will be checked \u2013 be ready!
o
If a supervisor talks to you, smile and obey. They have a task to do
and are trying to help you do your best.
o
Enter ten minutes early and find your seat.
Discrete Mathematics Exam Hints
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Prepare your desk with your materials.
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Reading time:
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Check that the paper is complete.
o
Read each question slowly.
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Modify your game plan if necessary.
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Working time:
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Spend five minutes re-reading the questions and highlighting the
important words.
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Try to understand what the question asks for.
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Attempt the easier questions first.
o
Don\u2019t get stuck on a question \u2013 keep moving.
o
Reward yourself with a stretch or neck rub every hour.
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Starting a question:
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Dosomething.
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Start by trying to draw a diagram or write a formula.
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Presentation of work:
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Be neat.
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Cross out unwanted answers with two diagonal lines.
o
Do NOT use liquid paper \u2013 it takes too long to dry.
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Place the answer at the bottom of the question.
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Underline or highlight your answer.
o
Show working to obtain part-marks.
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Accuracy:
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Will be stated or shown in the question.
o
Always state the units. For example: 21.8 frogs. This could be 22
frogs (rounded) or 21 frogs (actual).
o
All answers should be realistic. Therefore: 21 800 frogs.
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Wrong answers:
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Do NOT cross out a wrong answer unless you have another answer to replace it. The working in a wrong answer could be awarded part- marks.

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If you know that an answer is wrong, state WHY it is wrong. For
example:
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X = -5. This is incorrect because the number of (frogs) can
NOT be negative.
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Stuck:
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If you cannot do part (a) in a question, youmust try the remaining
parts.
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You can use information from part (a) to complete other parts.
o

If you don\u2019t have information from part (a), make up a number and
place this (using red pen) in part (a) and use this number in
remaining parts.

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Do NOT leave early. Check and re-check your answers!
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Last ten minutes:
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Try to do part (a) of EVERY unanswered question.
Discrete Mathematics Exam Hints

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