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Open-ended, problem-solving maths assignments

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New open-ended maths focus in Queensland schools needs students to think differently Thanks to the spike in anxiety levels of Years 7 to 10 children, many parents are suddenly aware of the shifting school maths curriculum. It’s moving away from: Clear tasks with a well-defined procedure from start to end, with one expected right-or-wrong answer,

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New QCE Maths Subjects Explained

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New Senior Maths Subjects Explanation  – as briefly as possible – 2020 update In Year 10, students select which mathematics subject/s to study in Years 11 and 12 for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Year 11s in 2019 were the first Queensland students to start the new maths subjects, which are Queensland’s implementation of

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Study Champion Checklist

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Pro tips to train for success at school like you train for sport Part 4 of 4 So, you might think, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard all that before” – but have you actually committed yourself to it like you commit to sport? You have already developed a lot of the skills you need to quite easily

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Study Like a Champion – Part 3

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Pro tips to train for success at school like you train for sport Part 3 of 4 4. Train Regularly Like a gym/training regime for your body, your mind will improve best if you commit to an effective study plan. Put it on paper, keep it on the wall, and stick to it closely. Once

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Study Like a Champion – Part 2

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Pro tips to train for success at school like you train for sport Part 2 of 4 2. Practice and self-reflection Like analysing game footage, make notes on what you just learned. Keep them neat and concise, yet detailed. Making the notes helps organise the knowledge in your brain. And it gives you something to

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Study Like a Champion – Part 1

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Pro tips to train for success at school like you train for sport Part 1 of 4 Try these five simple tips from top Year 12 students and print our checklist to track your progress. You take your sport seriously, right? Well, tackling Years 11 and 12 as a pro is like an athlete conditioning

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Writing Tools

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Quick reference page for our favourite websites to help you punch-up your essays, speeches, articles and stories. Not only helpful for English, but any subject with written tasks. Keep in mind that these are just tools – you have to use your own judgement about whether to follow their suggestions. Our favourite Thesaurus Make your writing more interesting

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Mathematics A, B or C – which should my child study?

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2018 Update: With the transition from OP to ATAR, the names and structure of Queensland senior maths subjects changed. The below is still generally applicable if you change the names: Maths A – General Mathematics Maths B – Mathematical Methods Maths C – Specialist Mathematics Here is our UPDATED post incorporating the NEW Australian Curriculum

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Maths Streaming – best strategies for individuals

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Your child should be aiming to be towards the head of the pack in mathematics from early on. The later it’s left, the harder it is to catch up. Some schools start ‘streaming’ students into higher- and lower-level mathematics groups way before they start actively talking about career pathways. This presupposes that students in lower

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How to make Parallel Box and Whisker Plots

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What is a box and whisker plot? Box and Whisker Plots, or just Box Plots, are a graphical summary of data spread (dispersion) and central tendency. Here’s a quick explanation of why box and whisker plots are useful. All box plots show (from left to right): Minimum First/Lower Quartile/Q1 Median, aka Middle/Second Quartile/Q2 Third/Upper Quartile/Q3 Maximum These

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