Students in Sec 3 and 4 know just how difficult mathematics becomes at the upper secondary levels. Even students who found themselves doing alright at math in lower secondary often find themselves suddenly struggling to understand the new topics and challenging problems introduced in Sec 3 and 4.
If you want to get ensure you are in good running to excel in your O Level or graduating exams in your Year 4 IP exams, we cannot emphasise enough the importance of mastering these notoriously tricky topics! As it happens, these are also the topics we will be examining closely in our June holiday programme – if you have missed the sign-up window, do consider joining us for our regular classes as well!
Indices, Surds, Logarithm
Indices, surds, and logarithm are closely connected topics taught in upper secondary. Students need to be familiar about how to manipulate these numbers, which often include irrational numbers which are abstract and can be difficult to understand. Moreover, the calculator can only provide limited help in this topic, as many questions require students to show their workings clearly and provide answers in the index, surd, or logarithm form.
Mastering the topics of indices, surds, and logarithm involves getting plenty of practice so that the rules for manipulating these expressions become second nature to you. If you face trouble with this topic, make sure to communicate your struggles with your tutor so that they know how to help you, whether by explaining the concepts to you, providing level-appropriate practice questions, or identifying your recurring mistakes.