owlpride wrote:Hmm... I could share my experiences but they were very different from yours. There were no surprises on my exam last May. The vast majority of questions was structurally similar to questions on the practice exams (testing the same concepts in a similar format). There was nothing computationally intensive on my exam. Several questions could have tricked some students into doing extensive computations when there was a more elegant solution. My rule of thumb: if my approach requires more than three lines of computations, stop and think; I am probably missing the point. That doesn't mean that the exam was easy. I missed 8 questions and still got a top score.
What I would tell my former self: never touch the REA book.
You could also discuss test-preparation strategies for students with a weaker background. For example, combinatorics and elementary number theory seem worth learning for the exam but topology seems not.
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