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Title: How to pick a math?
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 08, 2019, 09:16:20 am
Hi mathematical minds! I hope I'm not intruding. The matters of this sub-forum truly do bewilder me.

I had a rather boring question (certainly in comparison to what you're used to, I'm sure) about maths - how do you go about picking one for VCE?

For context (needed or unneeded!), I've never liked maths.. well, it's complicated, but effectively, despite the fact that my expectation and performance level for mathematics was the same as it was in all of my other subjects last year (year 10), math freaks me out. Kinda like spiders. Like, I know it won't hurt me, but I'm not that big on the whole idea. (And will do anything to avoid it. And probably scream in its presence.)
However, my idyllic career path and idyllic ATAR have people suggesting that I should pick math up anyway. The issue is.. which one? Methods, Further/General, or Specialist (hahahahahahahaha)?

I know I can do math - and, beyond that, some things click incredibly well (not that they have anything in common, they just do). There's definitely a part of my brain that can do math and I have no idea how to bring it into the light, but I'm also worried that choosing a difficult mathematics discipline will scare it off.

(And in terms of prerequisites, I've heard people say anything from "any math works" to "methods specifically", even though my 'dream course' doesn't require math at all (just a very pretty ATAR). Maths is more of a backup plan. All I know is that I need to do well at it.)


Thanks guys! Any personal anecdotes are appreciated as always, or any specific advice - anything goes. :)
Title: Re: How to pick a math?
Post by: Joseph41 on March 08, 2019, 10:24:27 am
No such things as a boring question on ATAR Notes! ;)

I guess it'll be a bit different for everybody, but here was my decision-making process:

1. Do I need to study any of the maths subjects as a pre-requisite? Some uni degrees require you to study, say, Maths Methods. If you want to study a degree where this is the case, it makes sense to do Methods.
2. What am I capable of? My opinion now is different to what it was then, but at the time I didn't think I was capable of studying Spesh without it completely crushing me, so I excluded it.
3. At that point, I just kinda thought about my other subjects, how much I enjoyed studying math and so on to decide between Methods and Further. I studied Methods 1&2 and ended up going with Further 3&4.

If possible, in your situation I'd probs encourage you to at least start with Methods and see how you find it. :)
Title: Re: How to pick a math?
Post by: Macrophagee on March 08, 2019, 04:53:04 pm
Hey
As someone who studies all three maths although I only did further because my school required it from everyone I would say based on your background post that you may want to start with methods since that is a prerequisite for many courses (along with chemistry). From my experience, the concepts in further are simple; however, STUPID MISTAKES COST YOU ALOT!!!
Title: Re: How to pick a math?
Post by: Lear on March 09, 2019, 08:52:31 am
In my opinion it is easier to get rid of stupid mistakes through tons of practice and strict procedures than grasp super hard concepts.
Title: Re: How to pick a math?
Post by: Macrophagee on March 09, 2019, 01:10:15 pm
In my opinion it is easier to get rid of stupid mistakes through tons of practice and strict procedures than grasp super hard concepts.

Hey I guess I'm the opposite to you. I prefer to understand hard concepts rather than spend the whole year worrying about dropping marks.
But each to their own I guess  :)

Edit: Also I did do "tons of practice"