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That's a worry I have too, but I'm prepared to take the risk. I only have one offer without step (4 of my offers require step!) and I don't particularly want to go to durham so I think warwick will be my insurance. It's mainly for the content, so I can do the mechanics questions on step papers :P. But I will do the exams anyway. We've basically done fp3 now and it's really aweful imo, it's all just results based which sucks.
1 period a week with a teacher is pretty good, I wouldn't mind that.
I was about to say "and that's saying something for a maths undergraduate lol" but then I realised I'll be one soon enough so I can't laugh :P
FP2 was alright really. I'm feeling ok about the paper, there was one question I'm not happy with my answer for, but the rest was generally ok. Is it AQA maths and physics you did? If so, I thought the S2 was pretty good with only 6 questions.
Tbh, if Cambridge gave you an offer, I'm sure you'll be able to get two A*s in maths and further maths. I think I'm going to put Warwick as my insurance, I just need to decide how confident I am I can get a 2 in either paper. And I'm still going to do more modules; FP3, M2, 3, 4 and 5. So it's not just step I've got to look forward to :P
We have a couple of hundred doing regular maths, I think. How do you find it, only having 5 FM students? I think a new school would like the publicity of a having a student go to cambridge, so I'd be tempted to mention that subtley when asking for help.
Aww, that helper sounds nice. Although i can't decide whether they sound a little too nice from that, hehe.
FP2 on wednesday! D:
Well, I mean I've done 12 modules, but I've still got a lot of mechanics ones to do (m2,3, 4 and 5) so I basically don't know that stuff either. I chose to teach myself a few so I'd have the full a level by offer choosing time.
And I just go to a regular college, it's not private or anything, just really big (about 40 further maths students). Unlucky, it sucks to have unenthusiatic maths teachers. I have one teacher who really loves maths and is happy to help with step, and another teacher who hates anybody knowing something she doesn't. If it's not in the FP1 syllabus, she thinks you shouldn't know it...
I made an effort to chat to people at mine, and all the ones I spoke to all seemed quite nice. I think the guy who shouted that was a medicine applicant, so that explains it :P. Haha, fortunately we didn't have any undergraduate "helpers" (and I use that word loosely) at ours.
I've been attempting them all in those books and it has been helping. I'll have to start looking at paper II and III soon aswell. I've covered basically the FM syllabus, so there's no reason to hold off having a go at them (besides me being scared of them...). I never thought of using TSR for step help, I might have a look next time I do some step.
Oh right, I know roughly where that i. At my college, we had like 7 or 8 oxford applicants for maths and only me for cambridge, because our head of maths warned everybody off applying :P. There were a couple of chinese people at my interview, but mostly southerners. This one guy walks out of the applicant waiting room and shouts "See you all in October!"
Meh, I don't know, maybe I did but we've both got offers so we both must've impressed the admissions people anyway :P. My step preparation's coming along ok, I've been working (slowly) through one of Siklos' step books. I still get properly stuck on a few questions though, so I'll need to do more of it. How's yours coming along? I'm from Preston, near Manchester. It's funny how at my interview I was the only northerner out of the 8 people there.
I thought I'd reply here instead of clogging up that thread. My offer is A*A and one of those needs to be further maths (I already have my maths A level so that's the reason for only two listed in my offer). As for step I need a 1 and 2 in either of the papers, so it's not too bad. I'm sure they won't give you S, S offers, I'd die if I'd gotten those in my offer D:
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Oriel High School
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- Academic Info
- GCSE's (2009): 7A*, 5A, 2B
AS Results (2010):
Maths - A
Further Maths - A
Physics - A
Chemistry - A
History - B
A2 Subjects (2010/2011):
UCAS 2011: Mathematics!!
Fitzwilliam Pooled Corpus Christi - A*AA 1,1
Warwick - A*A*A + 2 / A*AA + 1
Bristol - AAA
Bath - A*AA
Nottingham - AAB
- Last Activity 09-02-2012
- Join Date 25-04-2010
Location Crawley, West Sussex
Join Date 25-04-2010
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