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Course Description

In this course, we focus on how students can increase their capacity to perform well in Mathematics exams over a longer period of time. The content is appropriate for all HSC Mathematics courses from Standard 1 to Extension 2, and is intended for students who are at least 12 months out from their HSC. Show these tips to them even earlier if they're interested!

Studying Mathematics - 12 Months to the HSC

We look at: 

  • Motivation 
  • Mathematical intelligence 
  • Persistence 
  • Getting the most out of the classroom
  • Memory and the forgetting curve
  • Spaced repetition versus cramming
  • Top tips for studying
  • Time management 
  • Top tips for examination technique
  • Refocusing during the exam
  • Eliminating errors
  • Common mistakes to look out for 


This course is designed for secondary Mathematics teachers.

Teaching Standards

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:  Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities

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"I found this course engaging and motivating. I am keen to return and talk to my students about this right away and adjust my revision to aid the information from the course."

- Tracey Carroll, Menai High School

"This would be one of the best PDs I have attended. It was very practical and to the point. There wasn't any irrelevant information. Everything that was presented was easy to understand and I can now apply with my students."

- Carolyn Thomas, Blue Hills College

"Steve is absolutely amazing; he is personable and he speaks to teachers with a realistic perspective and a positive mindset. He is incredibly affirming of teachers, super-generous with his time and resources, and he obviously has a wealth of useful experience which he shares in this course. I particularly liked several graphs in his presentation which I am looking forward to sharing with my students."

- Andrea Ferguson, Newcastle Grammar School

Course curriculum

  • 1

    The Important Qualities of a Memory

    • The Important Qualities of a Memory

    • Reflection Question

  • 2

    The Importance of Forgetting and Relearning

    • The Importance of Forgetting and Relearning

    • Reflection Question

  • 3

    Before they Start Studying

    • Before they Start Studying

    • Reflection Question

  • 4

    Maths Study

    • Maths Study

    • Reflection Question

  • 5


    • Conclusion

    • Resources

  • 6


    • Please take few minutes to give us your feedback

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Steve Howard

Steve Howard

Steve Howard has inspired and equipped hundreds of Maths teachers with his In-Depth Senior Mathematics courses, providing all the tips, examples and resources to teach the HSC syllabus with confidence. He loves to discover the most efficient techniques for solving mathematical problems, by analysing other experts' solutions or by developing his own approaches when he finds a better way. As a student, Steve did Unit 4 Mathematics, gaining a mark of 198/200, before training as an actuary. After retraining as a teacher, Steve has taught Maths at Cowra High School, NSW, for 28 years. He has also taught gifted and talented students online through Xsel and Aurora College, and developed all student course material for TTA's Year 12 Extension Maths Portal.