I was looking at this year 'O' Level E-Maths Papers. They were overall 'friendly' with hardly any surprise. I shall not term the papers as easy or hard.
I was paying attention to the concepts on Trigonometry and it's interesting to note that the typical short question didn't appear in Paper 1 instead there were 2.5 questions linked very closely to Trigonometry.
Why Trigonometry you might ask?
Well, many students might not be aware Trigonometry is a fundamental set of formulas and concepts which are closely linked to arc lengths, area of sector, mensuration and any questions involving angles in triangle, area of triangles...
I can't show you the questions due to copyright but you can get a copy of Ten Years Series book (released in January 2011).
Questions on Trigonometry in 2010 'O' Level E-Maths Paper 2
Question 1 (10 marks) tests candidates on
- TOA CAH SOH (extensively since the diagram consists of 3 right angle triangles). I suspect some might use SIN rule (nothing wrong but more manipulations) instead of TOA CAH SOH to answer the questions
- Understanding of bearings
Question 7 (11 marks) tests candidates on
- Usage of COS rule to find angle
- Ability to 'see' and find angle of depression from paper
- Manipulation of area of triangle using formula with 'sin'
Question 8bii (4 marks) tests candidates on
- Ability to find the height of a triangular surface using TOA CAH SOH
The challenges many students face include:
- Knowing all the formulas but not being able to select the correct approach fast and accurate enough in test and exams.
- Not being able to 'see' 3D from paper.
- Lacking the flexibility to manipulate formulas (due to poor Algebraic foundation in Secondary 1 and 2)
- Not learning from repeated mistakes
- Unaware of the misconceptions
- Assumption that you know the important usage of every formula but in fact you don't
If your child is not scoring 'A' for E-Maths, he must know the reason and be prepared to do something about it. In 'O' Levels, A1 is unlikely to be 75% and above. It is determined by the bell curve of the entire cohort.
Trigonometry is a very important section in E-Maths and A-Maths. I would like to share with your child the strategies proven to have helped my students to achieve better results in their exams.
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