VCE Maths Methods: 2018 Resources MegaGuide

By ATAR Notes in VCE
16th of April 2018

Methods is one of the most popular VCE subjects, and it’s also one that causes very many students plenty of grief. The point of this resource guide is to point you in the direction of things that can help you along the way.



And we begin with an amalgamation of our free VCE Methods notes! We have free notes for practically every subject, but some of our most-downloaded have been those for Methods. You can find summaries of concepts, worked solutions – even practice questions. It’s probably best to make your own notes if you can, but if you’re not sure where to start, or if you want to build on some existing ones, you might like to use these as a foundation! Not all are from the current study design, but you can sort by date to make sure that they are. 😊

Also available? ATAR Notes lecture slides from every lecture series we’ve run over the last few years. So if you couldn’t make it on the day, or just want a re-cap of what was covered, these will be super useful for you.



Nothing beats some past students’ perspectives on Methods content, and also on how to do well. They’ve been in your position really recently, so they know what it’s like – and what it takes to succeed (whatever that means for you). Let’s start with this one here, which is a really comprehensive guide on how one of our users managed a 44 raw in 2016 (in Year 11!). Pretty pictures included.

But we also have a bunch of guides covering certain aspects of the course, which might be of particular interest to you. This isn’t an exhaustive list (you can see more Methods resources here), but let’s start with:

  1. Trigonometry – click here.
  2. Statistical inference – click here.
  3. Probability – click here.
  4. Circular functions – click here.

Having a strong grasp not only on what topics you need to know, but also on how they work, is so important in Methods. Rote learning formulae and the like is all good and well, but realistically, you can have those formulae in your bound reference. What will really boost your marks is a conceptual understanding of the concepts behind the numbers. Not just what they do, but why they perform in certain ways. That’s where these guides will really help.




Of course, VCAA itself has some pretty handy resources you can use. You should be very familiar with the Methods study design. You can be assessed on any of the listed dot points. You’ll probably also be aware of the past VCAA examinations for Methods. These have been uploaded all the way back to 2006 for both Exam 1 and Exam 2. Note that only the 2016 and 2017 exams are relevant to the current study design, but don’t let that scare you off the older exams entirely. Go through them – perhaps with your teacher – and work out which questions are still relevant. This is a great pool of questions to test you.

A VCAA resource you might not be aware of is the Methods advice for teachers page. There are some VCAA-suggested learning activities here for certain topics that your school may or may not utilise. Makes sense to follow what VCAA recommends! 😉



And, of course, if you have something from any part of the course you want to clarify, we’ve got you covered! You can ask any Methods questions you have here. Right on! 😎


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