75% of the fastest growing career types in Australia require science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge, a figure predicted to rise over the coming years. However, Australia is currently experiencing a national decline in students enrolling in these subjects, and performing poorly by international standards, causing fear that today’s students are ill-prepared for the future.
There are a number of questions our Maths Specialists see crop up again and again, ranging from simple tricks like finding the x and y intercepts of an equation, to more advanced concepts like solving quadratic inequalities. So we thought it would be helpful to share these with you, along with tips on how to find the solutions.
One of our expert Maths Specialists, Jemma, shares the top five questions she sees, the most common issues and mistakes students make, and her tips on how you can work around them.
I tutored maths for a few years, and there were two basic skills I wished every high school student had nailed down.
The first is the ability to quickly and correctly arrange an algebraic equation; it’s just too useful, and can save a lot of time on exams.The second is the ability to spot a wrong answer. There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing a student finish an exam with 10 minutes to go, and knowing they have some mistakes on their paper, if only they knew how to find them.
Pi. It's 3.14159...ish? Or is it 3.14159265359 and so on and so forth?
As tomorrow is Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (Pi), we wanted to share our thoughts on the significance of the number and what you can do to celebrate.