Maths can be a very **divisive subject** – students either love it or they hate it! But I’ve found that everyone can do well in maths if they just learn a few key strategies.

I developed these when studying for the DSE myself, and have honed them through my teaching experience. Here are the three main things I focused on to get **5**** at DSE:

**Speed**

Exams can sometimes feel **like a race against the clock**. That’s why it’s critical to work in a way that makes best use of the limited time you have.

Calculators can be

**programmed**. This will save you time on common calculations such as: using**sine/cosine, and simultaneous equations.**Substitute numbers into

**algebraic**multiple choice questions to quickly find solutions.

**Efficiency**

On top of working quickly, it’s importantly to work intelligently. Tackling questions strategically can earn you a few extra **vital marks**.

Writing something is better than nothing. If you don’t know what to do, recall any relevant formulas and make some

**calculations**. They may get you marks or inspire you to see a solution.Know which steps you can skip. Writing the in-between steps to solving a simultaneous equation does not earn you more marks.

**Cross-topic Questions**

For the DSE, you need to keep in mind each section’s main topic areas. Prepare for these **common cross-topic questions** in Section B to ensure your revision gets you the most marks:

Statistics, probability & permutations

Logarithms & straight line equations

Coordinate geometry & quadratic equations

3D trigonometry

*To read more of Mr Michael’s tips about maths, check out the** STEM edition** of our Newsletter (January 2019).*

*It’s never too early to start improving your maths abilities. Mr Michael teaches the popular **Competitive Mathematics** and **Numeracy and Problem Solving** classes to students in primary and secondary school.*

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