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    Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're not alone on this one. I go through hell in my Maths lessons. I had a test yesterday and I was blank. :facepalm::facepalm:

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    (Original post by SSD07)
    i'm having the same problem with maths this year, i managed to get an A in maths AS last year (Low A in C1, C2 and S1), and I'm really worried about this year. I have to get an A in maths overall as i want to study computer science at uni, and this is required. So does anyone know roughly what grade i have to get in A2 maths (C3,C4 and S2) in order to make sure my overall maths a level grade is an A??

    and anyone have any tips on how to understand the stuff in C3? I'm the kind of person where once i fully fully get a concept, i'll be able to practice it and i'll be fine, i just really struggle with actually understanding the stuff so i can't really do any of the questions. I get the basic concepts, i just can't seem to apply any of it. anyone got any suggestions for how to grasp it so i can start practicing??? or anyone have any good c3 notes?
    I also want to do computer science and have an A in AS maths (88 C1, 96 C2, and 73 D1). Need a B overall for my course, but that test just ****ed me in the arse, I don't think im going to get up after this.
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    (Original post by Callum Scott)
    In all honesty, it takes a lot of effort to be any good. If you don't want to spend a tonne of your time doing maths, why do it? I'm guessing it's compulsory for a course or something?
    My friends always think I'm some genius that somehow 'gets' all of this stuff, but whilst they're sat twiddling their thumbs, memorising formulae and definitions, I actually spend time learning why these things work, how to get the formula, experimenting with new ideas, reading online about extra stuff, learning topics in advance, learning extra modules to improve my overall understanding, and so on. Anyone can be good if they put the time in.

    Once you've got the understanding down, it's a matter of not f***king up, just do enough questions until you realise all of the stupid mistakes you make and/or the misconceptions you had about certain ideas to prevent the stupid systematic errors.

    (for example, when doing complex numbers last year, I thought that if  z = a + ib \Rightarrow |z| = a^2 + (ib)^2 = a^2 - b^2, it wasn't until I read about e^{i\theta}, Euler's formula and polar coordinates during the holidays when I realised that it's thought of as a radius in the complex plane instead of some arbitrary weird number; I can't remember if that was on the exam though) (just realised you probably haven't done complex numbers, nm haha)

    If you want to be any good, spending more time on it is seriously the only thing you can do. If you read ahead, it might help you if you get an understanding of more difficult stuff first and then when you look back, it looks like a piece of p*ss; or it might not help at all. My advice to you would be to try and study with someone that has a better understanding than you do (maybe a further maths person). Meet up in your free time and revise together. Teachers typically won't have the time to help with everything you need, but if you get a 'study buddy' [as my physics teacher calls it], you'll both be benefiting from it and you can pester them with everything that you don't understand.
    Ah ok, I understand now
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    I got an A (3 ums off an A*). Cheers everyone, I will mention you guys at my graduation.
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    I got an A (3 ums off an A*). Cheers everyone, I will mention you guys at my graduation.
    Good job and thank you, my name is Jake from State Farm.
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