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Exam Preparation Week 2

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

As we move closer towards the exam, hopefully students have started their bound reference. This week, we will take a more in depth look at bound references and in particular; how should we break down specific parts of the course into our bound reference?


These are recommendations and not everyone learns in the same way, so take all advice with a grain of salt.

Topics and Subtopics

Obviously, there are 4 broad units that your exam will cover. Data Analysis and Business Maths are the core units, however, each student has to also pick 1 elective out of Trigonometry, Matrices, Networks and Graphs & Relations.

I suggest thinking of these units as topics and each specific theory involved in topics as subtopics. These subtopics are typically the focus of one or a number of subchapters in your textbook.

For example, If we look at the topic Business Maths, it can be broken down into the following subtopics:

  • Sequences (Vn+1=Vn+B)

  • Linear Growth & Decay

  • Simple Interest Depreciation

  • Geometric Growth and Decay

  • Compound Interest Reducing Balance Depreciation

  • Nominal and Effective Interest Rates

  • Interest Only Loans

  • Annuities

  • Perpetuities

  • Compound Interest with Regular Additions to the Principle

Breaking down subtopics

Now that we can distinguish between the overall topic and the specific subtopics, we can discuss how I think students should breakdown subtopics in their notes.

Good luck!

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