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Maths - Calculator Paper - Getting A/A*?

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    Well, the most recent non calc maths exam (OCR) felt like a pretty big fail.

    I answered the majority of the questions, but got confused on a lot and should probably get method marks - but I need an A overall.
    I'm preparing for the worst really, with method marks on the majority I should be at atleast 30/32 - (C)
    In essence, I basically need to get like 60+ marks in the calculator exam.

    Anyone who achieved an A+ grade, any advice?
    I went through all the mock papers for non calc, and revised the majority of it, but I still failed.

    I've got 2 weeks to sort this out.
    Thanks in advance.

    Hey there,

    I'm sorry non-calc didn't go well for you but it's still completely possible for you to get the A if you work hard enough. So, here's a few tips which I hope you'll find useful for the upcoming exam:

    1) If you have access to them, try some Churchill papers - I personally find these the most challenging because the questions are different and phrased in unexpected ways; you really have to think about your approach. Just don't get too used to the normal style of edexcel - expect the unexpected. Try something that will make you think differently, rather than doing the same past papers. You could also try some UKMT questions, which are designed to be difficult.

    2) Don't rely on predictions completely, but do revise intelligently. Looking at that last paper, I'd say trigonometry is very likely to come up, and maybe some data handling questions or graphs, like histograms or cumulative frequency graphs. Don't spend a lot of time revising stuff like construction or box-and-whisker plots because they've already came up. Just use your time well.

    3) Locate your weaknesses and find past paper questions dedicated to those topics. You can do this on Kesh Maths Takeaway.

    4) On YouTube, watch videos of people going through a paper fully and getting full marks, and study how they break down questions. Try to do every question before they explain it, and identify where exactly your thinking becomes flawed. Watch how they approach the question and try to imitate it.

    5) Take extra care in the calculator exam for any errors in typing, or any other silly mistakes. Because you don't have to do any mental maths, you normally have to focus more heavily on method and it's easy to make errors if you don't think about the question properly. If you want the best marks, always use your one hour and forty-five minutes fully: check all of your answers and then check them again. You can never be too sure.

    Hope they're useful!

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    Sorry I've just realised your exam board is OCR, I thought you were doing Edexcel. Whoops, my mistake. I hope it still be somewhat useful, haha.

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