Getting Past the Words: Answering Contextual Math Exam Questions


Learn how to break down context-styled mathematics exam questions by deconstructing the text, locating the appropriate information for the question, and implementing existing mathematics knowledge.

Created By

Elena P

Beginner
Exercise

5 HOURS

5 LESSONS

Getting Past the Words: Answering Contextual Math Exam Questions

undergraduates

Course Overview



This is a course for students who are in their penultimate or ultimate years of secondary school and, like many others, find that they are lacking in confidence with regards to longer, context-styled mathematics exam questions. Word problems can often pose real challenges to students as they require multiple steps to achieve the solutions; reading and comprehension of the text, identification of the question that is being asked, and creating and solving an appropriate numerical equation. The course is designed to teach students how to do just this; deconstruct the text, locate the appropriate information for the question, and implement existing mathematics knowledge from their schooling to answer the question. The main goal of this course is to increase confidence and prevent failure when answering this style of question due to exam panic or being overwhelmed with questions that may seem like the information is hidden.

Course Content



6 LESSONS

6 HOURS Total Length

Lesson 1

Basic Tips I: Reading Out Loud, Writing it Out, Creative Stimulation and Sketches

60 minutes

Lesson 2

Basic Tips II: Working Backwards and Tackling Complexity

60 minutes

Lesson 3

Types of Comprehension I: Areas and Volumes

60 minutes

Lesson 4

Types of Comprehension II: Percentages, Ratios and Currency

60 minutes

Lesson 5

Types of Comprehension III: Speed, Distance and Time, Mixed Examples and Final Thoughts

60 minutes

Lesson 6

Recap, Mixed Examples and Final Thoughts

60 minutes

Key Skills


Mathematical Reasoning

Critical Thinking

Context Comprehension

Data

Educator


Elena P

English, Maths and Physics Educator

Elena plans and executes tailored lessons to address misconceptions and areas for development, so her students can achieve great results.