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    I know all/nearly all the content of C2, yet sitting a mock paper today, and I'm scribbling right until the timer goes off.

    I write slower than everyone else, going through steps, but I still manage to make so many mistakes. It's so easy to lose marks off every question, which builds up. If there's a particularly hard question, I don't get, that's up to 9 marks off the table + all the silly mistakes I made.

    Today, I skipped an 8 marker, because it was in the middle of the paper and it was hard (scribbled down my working). Came back with probably 20 mins spare. Wrote what I thought the answer was, have no idea whether it's correct or not so yeah bye 8 marks and did not check the rest of the papaer at all (this is what happens every time).

    I did this during GCSE as well. I taught the concepts to people, who didn't keep up during lessons and performed class work and homework questions well. Come exam time, my classmates who hated maths were getting 90%/ over, while I was consistently getting 77%.

    Anyone experienced something similar? And how did you overcome it. If it just practising questions, how should I approach a paper next time to improve?

    Early on for me in AS level I did amazing in class work and homework but atrociously in tests. There's knowing the content but then there's applying it because questions in the exams won't be straight up laid out how they were in practice questions. You should do past papers and on questions you got wrong look at the mark scheme and see how they should've been answered. Also look at teacher solutions if you have access and go to workshops.
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