# You don’t need to be a genius to pass VCE specialist mathematics units 3 & 4

I’m sure you’ve read those articles that claim VCE specialist mathematics units 3 & 4 is only for geniuses. They tell us that you have to be very good in math to make it in this subject. The truth of the matter is that the drafter of the syllabus would have said so. Right from the very beginning, they would have put a disclaimer that this subject is the preserve of a few, the geniuses. Note that they didn’t do this. Believing that all that it takes to pass VCE specialist mathematics units 3 & 4 is being dedicated to the subject, working hard and smart and believing that you can make are the right thing to do. Nothing else matters, here I will give you tips on how you can study and pass your VCE specialist mathematics units 3 & 4. These tips will equip you with skills that you can use to beat the so-called geniuses at their own game. Read through and practice them and VCE specialist mathematics units 3 & 4 will never be the same again.

## Familiarise yourself with the syllabus

Just like any other subject, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with what the subject covers. You need to know each topic to be covered and the depth of each. This will ensure that you cover everything that’s required and only that which is needed. Ensuring you don’t spend time covering areas which perhaps are not relevant for this level. Functions and graphs, calculus, algebra, vectors, mechanics, probability and statistics are the areas that need to be covered. Knowing that you’ll cover an area isn’t enough; you need be sure what’s included. For example, calculus is a large topic and not everything is covered. At this level, the students learn about analytic and numeric differentiation. The level also includes areas such as integration, combination of functions and application of theoretical and practical situations. When you stick to the areas which are supposed to be covered in a particular level, you save time.

Although it would be good to read and understand everything, time may not allow that. You may end up using time which is meant for other activities. To save on time and also ensure nothing is missed, make a list of the areas which need to be covered in VCE specialist mathematics units 3 & 4. Use the list to do your studies.

## Need a strong foundation

Special mathematics is the highest level and for you to get here you must have done well on other levels. Sometimes we get overexcited and ignore where we have come from. Mathematics is a subject that builds up from previous levels. You will need to keep revisiting the lower levels such as mathematical methods. Ensure that you have a good foundation, which is the only way you can ensure that each level is well understood. Otherwise you may just float during the duration. When you realize this early enough, you can plan effectively ensuring that you have a strong foundation to tackle complex problems.

## Work in groups

Wise men and may I also add, women, once said that a problem shared is a problem halved. This also applies in VCE Special math, working alone may help you in covering a lot but there are some areas which may be challenging. When you consult others, you may find that it’s easy to understand. What you didn’t grasp previously will sink in, and again you have an opportunity to ask for clarification from your peers.

There are many other tips which can go a long way in helping you to excel in VCE specialists mathematics units 3 & 4, but you’ll have build a strong foundation especially if you want to pursue a course in math or something related.