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Setting out work in a clear mathematical style

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by complexno, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. I would be iHi I would be interested to hear your thoughts on if we should encourage students to set out work in a clear mathematical style and award a few marks at the end of an exam for such an effort at GCSE and beyond. I know that the AEA Edexcel papers do this where
    7 marks are for style, clarity and presentation. Thanks.

    Thanks f

  2. Sorry, meant to add
    What would you give marks for if you agreed to such a scheme?
  3. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    The small number of marks awarded for quality of written communication at GCSE are surely a step in the right direction? Basically these require students to present a clear and logical solution using correct and accurate mathematical notation and vocabulary.
    You can see AQA's description on page 22 of their GCSE specification.
    I'm sure we could all write a list - I think using the = sign properly would be pretty high up mine!
    (Classic Mistake number 3!)
    Some of the links on this page might be useful. I like the guide on Writing Mathematics by Loughborough University. The Open University includes a section on writing as part of its Mathematical Study Skills.
  4. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    in assessing writing skills, we use a list that includes forming letter correctly.
    Perhaps in Maths the correct, consistent and clear formation of numbers and Mathematical operators should be assessed?

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