How to Use Autotutor
The question sets that are marked as 'skill sets' consist of questions at an easier difficulty level than questions in actual exams. It is best to master the relevant skill sets before focusing on the exams.
The exam question sets have been designed to be of a similar difficulty level to the official exams. If you can answer these questions confidently, it is a good sign that you are well prepared for your real exams.
Each exam is timed but this is for your information only. You can take as much time as you need.
The answer to each question you answer is saved on your record even if you abandon the exam or quiz mid-way through.
Autotutor allows you to redo questions that you have had problems with in the past. This is an efficient way to work on your weaknesses.
Hints are available for some questions. Use them as needed but do not rely on them! They will not be given in real exams.
If there is an official formula sheet for a particular exam, you may access it by clicking on the 'formula sheet' button at the top of each question. You can keep this open in a separate window.
Some question styles are not well suited to practise online. Examples are those that require drawing diagrams and/or showing working. Since Autotutor treats all questions as multiple-choice questions, it is important that you practise other answering skills outside Autotutor.
Other resources such as teachers, class time, text books, worked examples and formula sheets should be used to complement your efforts in Autotutor.
If you find an error in a question it would help us if you report it to us. That can be done via the practise session summary page that is displayed at the end of an exam or quiz.
Specific Exam Instructions
The VCE Further Mathematics Exam 2 (in 2016) is split into a core section plus four optional modules. The core is compulsory. Only two of the four modules are to be done for the exam. To do the full exam in Autotutor just complete the core and two selected optional modules.
The VCE Physics Exam (in 2016) is split into a core section plus a detailed studies section. The core is compulsory. The detailed studies section consists of six modules, one of which needs to be completed. To do the full exam in Autotutor just complete the core and one selected detailed studies module.
General Tips on Studying For Exams
It is best to concentrate on correctness first and speed later. As you gain knowledge by answering questions correctly your speed will improve naturally.
Carelessness (including misreading a question) is a very common cause of getting an answer wrong. Re-read the questions and double-check your answers to avoid careless mistakes. More practice will help too.
Some questions are best answered with a calculator. Since some types of calculators are banned in actual exams, it is best to practise with an officially approved calculator.
As you progress you will find that you can do some questions in your head, without the need for pen and paper. This is a sign of great progress! Continue to practise this skill as it will be useful to you in the real world too, where pens/paper/calculators are not always readily available.
Each Autotutor member (student, parent or teacher) has a single user license that enables a single login at any one time. We will use our best efforts to ensure that the system operates correctly. There may occasionally be service disruptions due to such things as technical problems.