1.1.1 About the course
This course teaches on drawing and interpreting graphs. It has eight sections, each dealing between them with 4 different types of graph. You will need to draw some graphs, so make sure you have a flat surface to work on. You will also need to have centimetre graph paper and your calculator to hand as you study the material.
Section 3 is based on a video band, ‘Single-track minders’. This is split into four separate viewing sessions, each followed by an activity. You should expect to spend up to about thirty minutes on some of the activities. You may want to watch the video all the way through first, and then go back and watch the appropriate section again before trying the associated activity. These activities require you to draw graphs and make some calculations, so make sure you have some graph paper and your calculator with you at this point.
Section 4 is the calculator book section. At the end of this section, you will be asked to complete a Learning File and Handbook activity. You will find it useful to have completed your response to earlier activities to tackle this activity successfully. The activity may also be useful for part of the assessment of this course.
Graph paper is required for Sections 1, 2 and 3.
Activity 1: Organising your study
Before you start, take a few minutes to plan and organise your study of this course. If it is helpful, use the printed planning sheet.
Remember to consider the assessment and your overall study plans. What aspects of your study technique do you want to concentrate on as a result of your own review?
At this stage, you may spend little time on planning your study, or you may do it routinely. What is important is for you to adopt a system that works for you and that you find useful. Studying and learning at a distance is not easy and many students find that a few minutes spent thinking about how and when they work is time well spent. People plan in different ways, but it is generally the case that planning ahead helps you to be more effective in what you do.
Part of planning is also thinking about your own progress: self-monitoring. How are you getting on? Do you feel you need to spend more time on particular aspects of your studies? Are you going to complete the assignment questions for a course in the time you have allocated to study the course? Monitoring your own performance in particular areas helps to give you an insight into your progress generally. This is an important skill to acquire for independent learning. It helps you to focus on those areas you want to improve, and so enables you to communicate more effectively.