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Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« on: March 24, 2008, 09:44:23 am »
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What do people think is the best way to make your bound reference?
Originally I was planning to just hand write my notes in a large exercise book but now I'm thinking of typing them up.

Typing them up will probably take me a lot longer but means it'll be easier to organise and add to.
Where can you get notes bound though?

Hand written would be quicker but less flexible.

What do you think is better?
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2008, 10:10:31 am »
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I decided to type mine, although, as you point out, it took a long time. I wanted the flexibility. But, maybe you could install a program that lets you use mathematical symbols easier?

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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2008, 11:40:02 am »
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Where can you get notes bound though?


You can get your notes bound at office works pretty cheaply!!!
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2008, 11:42:26 am »
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i typed mine up, it did take a while, and I only put in what i needed, and got the school to print and bind it for me. ask your teachers, they should have similar facilities

however, typing math on microsoft can be extremely tedious.

An easier way is to organise your notebook by the study design. Split the book into even sections for different area of studies, then break those sections into separate pages for each key knowledge and key skill. and just add in whatever you need

But if you do want to type it up, remember to balance how much time you use on that vs other subjects, that is, dont waste time putting things on that you already know.
It'll be best if you could go over everything with your tutor/teacher prior to typing up to find out what you are confused with, what you find really hard, and what you can do with your eyes shut. Then write your notes accordingly.

but also remember that practice makes perfect, so do a lot of questions, you might not even need to use the notes. :D
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2008, 12:22:36 pm »
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Wouldn't it be easier to take the textbook in? As an added bonus you can annotate the textbook as well. If you happen get a mental blank in the exam you can be sure the textbook will assist quite well.
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2008, 12:54:37 pm »
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i know for myself i used a bound reference book, can't remember the brand ( it has pens and pencils in a photograph on the front - i think longman)
what i did is i combined that with the notes i took throughout the year and added what was missing and highlighted the important points that were already contained within the book...

but yeah each to his own, for VCE i'd say that your time is best spent doing prac exams as opposed to a cheat sheet... but each to his own...

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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2008, 01:20:34 pm »
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Wouldn't it be easier to take the textbook in? As an added bonus you can annotate the textbook as well. If you happen get a mental blank in the exam you can be sure the textbook will assist quite well.
not quite, a lot of the textbook is really excercise questions. If you do happen to have a mental blank, you'd hope you know the textbook well.

If you are afraid of such thing, buy a bound reference note published for methods, they're a tad more beneficial.
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2008, 02:13:29 pm »
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Yeah, if you've done your work throughout the year, you really shouldn't have to refer to the notes at all.

I remember one of my teachers saying, "If you have to bring the textbook into the exam, then you've already failed." A bit harsh in my opinion, but perhaps food for thought?

But to answer the OP, I handwrote mine. My book just had equations on it (I actually still have it on my table) eg, where composite function exists, some equations related to probabity etc.
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2008, 02:27:06 pm »
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I didn't even use mine. Don't take this bound reference too seriously. Take in what works for you. I find it annoying how people are placing such strong opinions on it (i.e.: Glockmeister's teacher).

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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2008, 02:40:16 pm »
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I just bought two really big exercise books for spec n methods and as i do practice sacs and tests im adding to it. I've left every second page blank.
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2008, 10:49:24 pm »
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I didn't use my bound reference at all. I was going to, but I ran out of time.

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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2008, 11:31:11 pm »
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yeah i dont expect myself to be able to use the bound reference due to time...

i decided to handwrite mine on loose leaf paper first and then get it bound later on... btw if i just staple it would that meet the bound reference criteria for my sacs? i think it does?

anyway i did that because if i want to add a whole chunk of stuff in later or whatever at least i can just add a page in or re-write some stuff and i dont want to spend so much time just learning how to type equations into word document
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2008, 08:35:00 am »
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yeah i dont expect myself to be able to use the bound reference due to time...

i decided to handwrite mine on loose leaf paper first and then get it bound later on... btw if i just staple it would that meet the bound reference criteria for my sacs? i think it does?

anyway i did that because if i want to add a whole chunk of stuff in later or whatever at least i can just add a page in or re-write some stuff and i dont want to spend so much time just learning how to type equations into word document
You'd have 2 ask ur maths teacher for sacs, as it really just depends on what the teacher wants you to use.
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2008, 07:06:58 pm »
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They may be a little bit softer for SAC, but below is the official VCAA policy

Quote from: VCAA
Specifications for bound reference

    * The bound reference must be in book format of A4 size or smaller when closed.
    * It must have a single horizontal or vertical spine.
    * Pages must be permanently bound and securely attached to the spine.
    * The number of pages is not specified.
    * The bound reference may be:
          o a textbook
          o a securely bound lecture pad
          o a permanently bound student-constructed set of notes without foldouts
          o an exercise book with cloth, glue or staple binding.

Students are allowed to:

    * annotate the material
    * design their own written index
    * fold pages
    * cut page corners
    * colour code pages
    * insert dividers into their own sets of notes
    * firmly attach (e.g. by glue, adhesive tape or staples) additional material to pages in the bound reference.*

The following are prohibited.

    * Pages or parts of pages which can be detached from the bound reference during the exam
    * Fold-outs, maps or brochure style components
    * Removable tabs, post it notes or other items designed to be detached
    * Forms of collation/ binding that are designed to be non-permanent. These include:
          o ring-binder folders
          o plastic A4 slips (permanent or removable) into which pages may be inserted or removed
          o manila and similar folders with clip, clamp, slide and metal prong style binding of loose-leaf material
          o glued lecture pads
          o bound books that have perforations designed so as to allow pages to be detached.

If one or more pages can be or are detached from the rest of the bound reference, for whatever reason, or if the bound reference does not comply with the specifications above, the entire bound reference will be removed by the supervisor for the duration of the examination and the incident will be reported as a breach of rules.

Source: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/correspondence/memorandums/2007/28.html
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Re: Bound Reference - Hand written vs typed
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2008, 07:27:25 pm »
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They may be a little bit softer for SAC, but below is the official VCAA policy

Quote from: VCAA
Specifications for bound reference

    * The bound reference must be in book format of A4 size or smaller when closed.
    * It must have a single horizontal or vertical spine.
    * Pages must be permanently bound and securely attached to the spine.
    * The number of pages is not specified.
    * The bound reference may be:
          o a textbook
          o a securely bound lecture pad
          o a permanently bound student-constructed set of notes without foldouts
          o an exercise book with cloth, glue or staple binding.

Students are allowed to:

    * annotate the material
    * design their own written index
    * fold pages
    * cut page corners
    * colour code pages
    * insert dividers into their own sets of notes
    * firmly attach (e.g. by glue, adhesive tape or staples) additional material to pages in the bound reference.*

The following are prohibited.

    * Pages or parts of pages which can be detached from the bound reference during the exam
    * Fold-outs, maps or brochure style components
    * Removable tabs, post it notes or other items designed to be detached
    * Forms of collation/ binding that are designed to be non-permanent. These include:
          o ring-binder folders
          o plastic A4 slips (permanent or removable) into which pages may be inserted or removed
          o manila and similar folders with clip, clamp, slide and metal prong style binding of loose-leaf material
          o glued lecture pads
          o bound books that have perforations designed so as to allow pages to be detached.

If one or more pages can be or are detached from the rest of the bound reference, for whatever reason, or if the bound reference does not comply with the specifications above, the entire bound reference will be removed by the supervisor for the duration of the examination and the incident will be reported as a breach of rules.


Lol...they are really emphasisng the fact that they want it to be bound and that they don't want detachable sheets. Who would be game enough to pass sheets in an exam anyway, the examiners I have had in the past watch us like hawks and those exams didn't allow any material to be brought in!
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