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    (Original post by DeanK22)
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    I hope so. I have no natural aptitude for maths, and work my ass off. If natural aptitude really is required, then my apiration to study physics is gone. I really hope hard work is all it takes...
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    For most of the modules, you can pretty much get away with learning via memorising, but it really does help not only for passing exams but for personal enjoyment to actually understand the logic to how and why things work.

    You mentioned about being asked to apply maths in unfamiliar situations. Well if you're worried about that, you should steer clear of mechanics modules (although M1 should probably be fine).
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    (Original post by Mr M)
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    Is there any limit to this type of humour?
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    It's a bit like saying do you need to be a natural guitar player to be good at the guitar, the people who have done loads of practice just become 'naturals'. You can become a 'natural' at maths just through seeing lots of different types of questions and learning the type of tricks that you use to solve each question. The more of those tricks you have seen the more you kind of recognise what the question is asking and what it wants you to do.
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    Maths is just following simple instructions and remembering formulas etc.

    I got a D in GCSE Statistics in Year 10 because I hated Maths and my teacher, but in Year 11 I worked 10 times harder and ended up enjoying both maths and the teaching, resulting in an A grade. Now that I think about it, I would have gotten an A* if my coursework in Year 10 was better (I remember my teacher saying it was shocking lol).

    Anyway, work hard and it'll be easy. You don't have to be a natural anything to do well - it just makes it easier.
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    (Original post by MagicNMedicine)
    It's a bit like saying do you need to be a natural guitar player to be good at the guitar, the people who have done loads of practice just become 'naturals'. You can become a 'natural' at maths just through seeing lots of different types of questions and learning the type of tricks that you use to solve each question. The more of those tricks you have seen the more you kind of recognise what the question is asking and what it wants you to do.
    I agree with this.
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    (Original post by Kolya)
    Err, and how do you think students develop intuition? :eyebrow: (Hint: they have done a lot of practice!)
    haha maybe intuition might not be the right word to describe it.
 
 
 
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