10.9 Quiz Time
People learn in very different ways, and you can become a more effective learner if you are aware of what works well for you. For example, in this unit you have learned new terminology and notation. How did you handle it? Did you make a list, draw a diagram, or do something else? Some people prefer to describe things in words, and others find diagrams more effective.
Practicing new notation and terms in your writing, in discussions with others and in everyday life, can also make you familiar with the ideas, as can trying a few more examples. Making up your own examples can improve your understanding, too. You may already have created scientific notation examples that you can check on your calculator, or area and perimeter puzzles using your tangram.
This unit has concentrated on using practical activities to help you understand ideas. Did this help you, or would you have preferred a more theoretical approach? Thinking about your learning may suggest ideas for your note-taking, how you work on the activities, and your approach to problems in the future.
It is worth thinking how new ideas that you meet fit in with what you already know. In this unit, you saw how reviewing your work on decimals helped you to discover a short cut for dealing with numbers in scientific notation, and also how some of the problem strategies from earlier units could be used for practical problems such as calculating the area of a lawn.
Finally, look through the study checklist to assess your progress. Which of these topics do you think you could explain to a new student? If there is an area that you are unsure about, what do you plan to do about it? Would it be better to try and figure it out soon, perhaps with help, or would you rather come back to it later?
Now that you have taken the time to work through these sections, consider giving this short quiz a try! You may find that it will help you to monitor your progress, particularly if you took the quiz at the start of this unit as well.
The quiz does not check all the topics in the unit, but it should give you some idea of the areas you may need to spend more time on. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you get some, or even all of the questions wrong—it just indicates how much time you may need to come back and review this unit!