Review: A – Level Mathematics Challenging learn by example (Thomas Bond, Chris Hughes)

This is the second book by Thomas and Chris, designed with a different purpose in mind compared to the other book I reviewed: Challenging Drill Questions.

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This book costs approximately S$21, which is not too expensive.

Strength

  • Each chapter is divided into two sections: “Fundamental Examples” and “Standard Problems”. The fundamental examples allow students to recap basic concepts by reading through the step by step solutions before trying the standard problems (full solutions provided).

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  • The solutions provided has a marking scheme, students can have a rough sense how their questions would be graded. However every school adopts different marking scheme so take the scheme provided with a pinch of salt.
  • Sufficient problems for students to practice: 10 – 20 per chapter.

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Weakness

  • Not all the “examples” are practice questions. Some of them are merely formulas to memorise but they wrote it as “example” to increase the count (kind of cheating in my opinion).
  • Same as their “Challenging Drill Questions” book, the topics could be further divided following local JCs or IP schools’ syllabus.
  • This book is not useful for H1 students because many topics in H2 are not in H1. H1 students would have difficulty extracting relevant questions on their own. There is no indication of whether a question is suitable for H1 or not.

Targeted audience:

  • Students who find difficulty in attempting tutorial questions on their own and need more solved problems to “read” before practicing.
  • Students who has attained a certain level of mastery of each topic may not find the book too useful. They are better off with the “challenging drill questions” book.

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