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Really struggling with Pace of Foundation Year Core Math + Further Math

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    I'm 25 doing a 4 Year degree in Computer Science at UoL with an Integrated Foundation Year at Carmel College. I did my GCSE's in 2007 and got 2A's 6B's 2C's. Maths GCSE was a B. I did A levels but messed them up only getting a C and an E (I didn't take Maths at A level either)

    So I've been working since leaving college. And ultimately, I haven't done Maths for 8.5 Years.

    I started the course this week. My modules are Maths, Further maths (as it was recommended for comp sci) and Computing.

    I am really struggling both with the pace and quite a few of the concepts in the Math classes. Looking through the class, most of the other students are people fresh out of A-Levels who didn't do well enough to progress to uni but are very familiar with the math. In comparison I have forgot much of the GCSE stuff.

    I wouldn't even say there's much teaching being done, it's more the teacher goes through a few examples on the board but doesn't do much explaining why they are doing what they are doing, and then we are given exercises to do ourselves.

    I have expressed my concerns to both teachers and they said the classes will be getting split next week between A level students and GCSE students but it still doesn't give me much confidence given we are all doing the same exam. I was under the impression the idea of the foundation year was to give GCSE level students an opportunity to learn what was required for the intended course rather than just be an A-Level refresher for borderline A-Level math students.

    Has anyone ever been in a similar position and can you recommend anything that might help? Suggestions for what I should focus on most? I have been using the Khan academy but the teachers warned this can go into more detail than required. Besides I don't think I should be too reliant on Khan Academy given I am paying for the foundation year to begin with.


    Grade B at GCSE generally means a weak candidate for A level Maths, let alone Further Maths.
    The only positive thing I can give you is your age which usually means more motivation
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    (Original post by IYGB)
    Grade B at GCSE generally means a weak candidate for A level Maths, let alone Further Maths.
    The only positive thing I can give you is your age which usually means more motivation
    I only need 50% in each

    30% of the final score is derived from assignments on both modules, 70% from exams

    Does this sound more attainable?
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