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    Hi all,

    First post here, just looking for some advice.

    I've just finished AS maths and the exams went okay although I'm most likely expecting a B, even though I was going for an A.

    I really enjoy maths and solving problems even though I'm not the top in my class, I would like to continue next year.

    Could someone give me an insight as to how hard it is next year, and if you got an A*, what did you do to get it? What resources did you use and how much maths were you doing per day etc.


    There is a step up from AS level to A2, but it's not as big a jump as GCSE to AS level is. A B is a good grade and I don't see why you couldn't continue next year, or potentially push your grade up to an A. It helps that you enjoy it!

    To get an A* in mathematics mainly requires practice. Get yourself a good textbook with lots of practice questions in it. The textbooks I used were these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (they do them for the main exam boards). Every time we covered a topic in class, I would go home and write notes on the topic from this textbook and do the end of chapter questions. This, on top of the classwork and homework, was enough for me to get an A*. So you definitely need to do extra work outside of what's set you, but it shouldn't be more than say an hour a day.

    YouTube is also a great resource for explanations if you didn't understand what your teacher said or what was in a textbook. Always worth a look (and is often clearer than say wikipedia or wolfram alpha).

    Don't worry about your grades this year if you can continue it next year. C1 and C2 become so easy after C3 and C4 it's almost comical, so you can always resit.

    The only advice I can give you is practice. So long as you know your stuff the only issue will be time and silly mistakes, which'll get better through practice (as you're probably aware).
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