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    Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    I tried to make notes on MX2 last night but found it pretty difficult.
    I was just wondering if anyone had any tips and/or tricks when it came to making good quality MX2 Notes.

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Time would probably be better spent practising questions.

    Maybe note down formulae in a separate book.
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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    I've found really the only thing that notes are helpful for is remembering stuff from conics. The best part of 4U is there really is no application of a formula, as most of the questions are problem solving/process based. Just do a heap of practice papers and see how you go

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxsenW View Post
    I've found really the only thing that notes are helpful for is remembering stuff from conics. The best part of 4U is there really is no application of a formula, as most of the questions are problem solving/process based. Just do a heap of practice papers and see how you go

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLIT2014 View Post
    Time would probably be better spent practising questions.

    Maybe note down formulae in a separate book.
    Thank you! Just out of curiosity - what textbook would you use? Would you recommend sorting through papers and doing questions from those?

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxsenW View Post
    I've found really the only thing that notes are helpful for is remembering stuff from conics. The best part of 4U is there really is no application of a formula, as most of the questions are problem solving/process based. Just do a heap of practice papers and see how you go

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    At what stage did you start doing MX2 papers?

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    I didn't rly find learning the content useful, it was only until doing past papers that 4u became decent in difficulty rather than really hard. I mainly started doing them a month before HSC, almost 1 per day.
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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heresy View Post
    Thank you! Just out of curiosity - what textbook would you use? Would you recommend sorting through papers and doing questions from those?
    I'm not naturally great at maths and I found Fitzpatrick/New Senior Maths was the perfect level of simple explanations but questions that challenged me (not too much that I'd just give up straightaway).
    But if you're really good then I reckon Terry Lee is good.
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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Although not necessary, I found that the act of making notes helps with the revision process, including understanding of content (and there is quite a lot of it, even though it's not nearly as much as other subjects). In my experience understanding the content well helped a lot with harder questions.

    There are subtleties in the MX2 course that people might sometimes overlook or forget so keeping those in notes can be handy, although you usually won't need to know them.

    And although most questions require a unique application of skills, some processes like square rooting complex numbers or roots of unity follow the same formula almost every time so it can help to note them down.

    For textbooks, imo:

    SGS Notes >>> Patel > Terry Lee > Cambridge

    (never really got to use Fitzpatrick but I would put it somewhere around Terry Lee or Cambridge)
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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Yeah, I have Cambridge and Terry Lee, and have looked a Fitzpatrick. Personally I think Fitzpatrick is great to begin, followed by Cambridge, and then, when you are confident, you can move on to Terry Lee.
    Despite that, I haven't really used any textbooks since before trials really.
    About a month before trials (When we finished content), I started doing practice trial papers, and after Trials, just moved on to past HSC instead.
    I did one a week until these holidays, and have done a fair few over the holidays.
    Now in these last few days, I just have the more recent papers to go, and then see what happens.
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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by fan96 View Post
    Although not necessary, I found that the act of making notes helps with the revision process, including understanding of content (and there is quite a lot of it, even though it's not nearly as much as other subjects). In my experience understanding the content well helped a lot with harder questions.

    There are subtleties in the MX2 course that people might sometimes overlook or forget so keeping those in notes can be handy, although you usually won't need to know them.

    And although most questions require a unique application of skills, some processes like square rooting complex numbers or roots of unity follow the same formula almost every time so it can help to note them down.

    For textbooks, imo:

    SGS Notes >>> Patel > Terry Lee > Cambridge

    (never really got to use Fitzpatrick but I would put it somewhere around Terry Lee or Cambridge)
    What are SGS notes? - I've never heard about them...

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxsenW View Post
    Yeah, I have Cambridge and Terry Lee, and have looked a Fitzpatrick. Personally I think Fitzpatrick is great to begin, followed by Cambridge, and then, when you are confident, you can move on to Terry Lee.
    Despite that, I haven't really used any textbooks since before trials really.
    About a month before trials (When we finished content), I started doing practice trial papers, and after Trials, just moved on to past HSC instead.
    I did one a week until these holidays, and have done a fair few over the holidays.
    Now in these last few days, I just have the more recent papers to go, and then see what happens.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu975 View Post
    I didn't rly find learning the content useful, it was only until doing past papers that 4u became decent in difficulty rather than really hard. I mainly started doing them a month before HSC, almost 1 per day.
    So what were you doing on a weekly basis to study for MX2?

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heresy View Post
    What are SGS notes? - I've never heard about them...
    SGS = Sydney Grammar School.

    Basically, imagine the Cambridge Enhanced textbook, but for 4 unit.

    Excellent explanations of theory, worked examples and for the most part a good range of difficult questions (including the extension questions that the Cambridge Enhanced textbook has).

    It's pretty much all you'll need for the course, but you can also supplement it with another textbook like Patel for harder questions.

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by fan96 View Post
    SGS = Sydney Grammar School.

    Basically, imagine the Cambridge Enhanced textbook, but for 4 unit.

    Excellent explanations of theory, worked examples and for the most part a good range of difficult questions (including the extension questions that the Cambridge Enhanced textbook has).

    It's pretty much all you'll need for the course, but you can also supplement it with another textbook like Patel for harder questions.
    Do you perhaps have a PDF? Or can you direct me to where I can purchase one?
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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Yeah they are online

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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by HeroWise View Post
    Yeah they are online
    I've tried searching - I can't find them. Have you got a link?
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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heresy View Post
    So what were you doing on a weekly basis to study for MX2?
    Nothing just whatever terry lee qns we had to do for HW... didnt rly help and I was struggling rly hard in 4u till I did papers.
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    Re: Any tips on making MX2 Notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu975 View Post
    Nothing just whatever terry lee qns we had to do for HW... didnt rly help and I was struggling rly hard in 4u till I did papers.
    Oh okay - Thanks.
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