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4 August 2023

Having problems with maths problems? The solution is as easy as pi when you speak to our friendly Maths Mentors

Being angered by algebra? Grumpy at geometry? Feeling tricked by trig? It can feel like the sum of all these can be a total mess.

If you’re struggling to make sense of mathematical concepts in one of your units or lacking confidence in your maths abilities, it’s OK – Deakin’s Maths Mentors have heard it all before and are trained to help you understand your course materials. Read on for their advice about how to ace your T2 assessments, or attend an online session to receive help from one of our friendly Maths Mentors.

Worried about your maths and upcoming assessments?

Then you’re not alone! Don’t feel embarrassed if you don’t know the solution to a problem or you’re lacking in confidence. You’d be surprised how many students feel intimidated by maths subjects, and sometimes you might not even realise just how close you are to reaching the right answer to a problem before assuming it’s beyond your understanding.

If you’re doubting yourself or feel like you need to regain your confidence in your mathematical ability, don’t be shy about it. Attend one of our online drop-in sessions and talk it over with a Maths Mentor as they will understand your concerns.

Test yourself with our Maths Support Resource Centre resources

Practice makes perfect, as they say! Sustained repetition is a great way to start building your confidence with any subject and improving your problem-solving skills.

Maths Mentor Daniel KanigowskiMaths Mentor Daniel Kanigowski (left) says: ‘Setting regular revision times throughout the week, such as 10–15 minutes every third night, is much more effective than looking at the content once after six weeks have gone by. Save yourself the trouble of having to relearn everything once exams roll around.’

You will find useful practice material in the Maths Support Resource Centre, including access to the newly created Foundation Maths Modules which offer great confidence-building activities. The Resource Centre provides a range of great links to maths examples, videos and practice questions for you to gauge your current understanding of concepts and bolster your problem-solving abilities before you complete your assessments and exams.

Talk to a Maths Mentor online for some recommendations about what resources you should try or explore the Maths Support Resource Centre in your own time.

Get exam-ready with one-on-one help

‘Get started early,’ advises Daniel ‘Whether it’s assignments or exam preparation, the sooner you start, the sooner you can detect the things that don’t quite make sense and still have enough time to seek help or clarification’.

Wise words indeed! If you’re deep in the throes of maths revision for an upcoming exam and something’s not making sense, don’t stress – Maths Mentors are available until the end of Week 12 (first week of the end-of-the-trimester study period).

Drop in online to chat with a Maths Mentor today and bring along any tricky maths concepts and problems that you’d like help solving. We’ll help you find the answers you need.

Talk to a Maths Mentor today!

If you have any maths concerns ahead of finishing your assessments for Trimester 2, don’t cause yourself needless worry by not seeking help. Attend one of our online drop-in interactive sessions with a Maths Mentor today. You don’t need an appointment, just bring along any maths questions for personalised help. You can share your screen, talk or text with the mentor. You can also get in touch via email and access all the useful resources on the Maths Support Resource Centre at any time.



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