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1. Hi,

I'll be sitting the MAT in November and I'm currently working through the papers (or attempting to anyways). I got an AA in Maths and FM AS and have self taught C3, C4, S2. I will probably get an A*A* quite easily and find A level maths and fm laughably easy.

I'm however so used to solving the repetitive and boring A level questions that require no thinking. Now that I'm actually starting to attempt some real problems that need you to think, I'm really struggling. I know that the advice that many will give is 'practice practice practice'. I don't understand how I can practice if I simply can't make a start on the latter parts of most of the questions? Once I look at the solution, I'm usually horrified that I didn't get it because the solution is usually very simple. I'm just not, due to stupid a levels, thinking like a mathematician.

Looking through the old threads of some successful STEP'ers, they had the same issue/thoughts as me (Krollo comes to mind) - they couldn't start a lot of the questions and thought they lacked the mathematical talent to be successful. I was just wondering how these users and anyone else who initially struggled with STEP /MAT overcame this?
2. (Original post by TheRandomGenius)
Hi,

I'll be sitting the MAT in November and I'm currently working through the papers (or attempting to anyways). I got an AA in Maths and FM AS and have self taught C3, C4, S2. I will probably get an A*A* quite easily and find A level maths and fm laughably easy.

I'm however so used to solving the repetitive and boring A level questions that require no thinking. Now that I'm actually starting to attempt some real problems that need you to think, I'm really struggling. I know that the advice that many will give is 'practice practice practice'. I don't understand how I can practice if I simply can't make a start on the latter parts of most of the questions? Once I look at the solution, I'm usually horrified that I didn't get it because the solution is usually very simply. I just am not thinking like a mathematician.

Looking through the old threads of some successful STEP'ers, they had the same issue/thoughts as me (Krollo comes to mind) - they couldn't start a lot of the questions and thought they lacked the mathematical talent to be successful. I was just wondering how these users and anyone else who initially struggled with STEP /MAT overcame this?
Hey, I just worked with the solutions in front of me at first so I could get a grasp of the sort of reasoning that is required, and then gave myself unlimited time but without the solutions and then upped the pace from there.
hope this helps!!
You may want to check out "Advanced problems in Mathematics" and "Advanced core problems in Mathematics" by Siklos which I found super helpful.

PS i have never done MAT just STEP

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