Success Story: How my maths marks jumped from 70s to 90s
Kingsgrove High School
How were you doing before starting at EIM?
I was probably only averaging 70s.
Why did you decide to start tutoring?
I thought I needed to improve in math because I thought maybe I had the potential to do well – better than what my usual standard would be.
There were a lot of questions in the textbook, but then I would go into the exam and the questions would be completely different [from the textbook]. The questions were harder in the test, so I thought if I started tutoring I could learn different kinds of questions.
Have you ever used something like HSC101 before?
Our school has recently provided something like that, but it’s not on the same level [as HSC101]. I tried the Math and Physics, but HSC101 is better for Math. HSC101 has got good pacing. It gives more examples of harder questions, rather than just typical questions. There are also a good range of HSC-style questions which is good, so I think it has helped me a lot.
How do you use HSC101?
When I’m preparing for exams, I check the course notes on HSC101 for the topics that will be tested and then I would watch the videos. It’s easier to understand than, for example, the textbook. The textbook will just give you proofs and maybe 3 examples, and those examples will be on typical questions. Then when you look at the last 5 questions of the textbook, you would have no idea how to do them if you just look at the examples.
So you were struggling more with hard questions?
Yeah. Obviously there would be some silly mistakes, but I think I needed to improve with the hard questions and get more experience with them. The first half of tests would be pretty easy, but then there would be some questions that would throw me off because I wouldn’t know where to start or how I could deal with those kind of questions.
How are you finding harder questions now?
I think I’m better. Most questions that I come across in tests I have seen before, so it’s good. I know how to deal with them.
How are you finding your tutor?
Yeah, he’s good. The questions my school teacher teaches are limited to the textbook. The textbook questions are repetitive, and you don’t know what kind of harder questions there are. He definitely goes more in-depth in class. You will know what he’s talking about once you’ve watched the HSC101 video content so it’s a bit easier to understand what he’s saying in class, which helps with the other questions.
What are your Maths results like now? Do you feel as though you’re reaching your goals?
My results are now in the 90s. I’m coming 1st for Maths Advanced and 5th for Maths Ext. 1. I was barely top 10 before. I feel like EIM has helped me think that I could probably get Band 6. I was averaging only 70s and 80s before, and I didn’t think I could get Band 6.
[Alex ended up with 90+ for both Mathematics Advanced and Mathematics Extension 1]
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