For the year 2s (or year 3s for MI), prelims will commence at end of August and continue on the second week of Sept. Similarly, the promos for year 1 (year 1 & 2 for MI) will commence on the 4th week of September.

So there is approximately 7 to 8 weeks to Prelims, 9 to 10 weeks for Promos. It may seem long but if you are having tuition once a week, that means you have 7 to 8 or 9 to 10 lessons remaining to push up your grades.

The next question is: How to prepare?

- According to my own experience, students tend to forget about the topics taught earlier, especially those that were not tested at the mid-year exams. Hence I would recommend that you start by topical practice rather than heading straight for exam papers (unless you are already capable of mathematics).

You may want to allocate minimum 2 sessions of 2 to 3 hour sessions for H2 Math, 1 sessions for H1 Math. For each session you may want to study a few related topics together and do some topical practice. Remember: Reading alone is not enough, Math is about practicing and applying what “theory” you have learnt.

A suggestion would be to study the following topics by “clusters”:

(A) Graphing, Functions, Inequalities and System of Linear Equations

(B) Sigma Notation (including Method of Difference) , AP & GP and Induction*

(C) Differentiation and Integration (including Maclaurin’s, Differential Equations)

(E) Vectors and Complex Numbers

(F) P&C, Probability, Binomial, Poisson* and Normal Distributions

(G) Sampling Methods, Hypothesis Test and Correlation & Linear Regression.

* Denotes some topics that are in the old syllabus

2. That will probably take 3 to 4 weeks of topical revision and recap. The next 3 to 4 weeks or so is to practice on examination questions. Here you need to set aside 2 sessions of 3 hours each. 1 session for Paper 1 and 1 session for Paper 2. Attempt the questions at 1 shot of 3 hours (to train yourself mentally) and do self marking and checking later.

Of course if you have a private tutor or attending a tuition class, you may use this chance to ask your tutor the questions you are unable to solve.