Trying to get A*A*A*A*A* at A-level

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    (Original post by 17lina)
    Hi
    I'm applying for Oxford/ Imperial Maths and also preparing for the MAT
    I got 4As for AS and an average of 99% in the 6 maths/ fmaths modules and got predicted 4A*s
    Can anyone plz give me some tips on how to prepare? Its really fussing me out cz i always seem to be few marks from the successful boundary😭
    And based on my grades would i have a chance for oxford? Or does EVERYONE applying for Oxford gets that grade? Thanks x
    What subjects and exam board did you do for each subjects?
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    (Original post by Kira Yagami)
    What subjects and exam board did you do for each subjects?
    Well my school chose aqa for chem and edexcel for economics and maths/fmaths
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    (Original post by 17lina)
    Well my school chose aqa for chem and edexcel for economics and maths/fmaths
    Have any tips for maths exams please and did you do Solomon papers or just the past papers?
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    (Original post by Kira Yagami)
    Have any tips for maths exams please and did you do Solomon papers or just the past papers?
    Haha sure
    Ive gone through every question in the book by january mocks and right before the exam i did all the gold/silver/bronze paper but i didnt do the solomon papers
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    (Original post by 17lina)
    Hi
    I'm applying for Oxford/ Imperial Maths and also preparing for the MAT
    I got 4As for AS and an average of 99% in the 6 maths/ fmaths modules and got predicted 4A*s
    Can anyone plz give me some tips on how to prepare? Its really fussing me out cz i always seem to be few marks from the successful boundary😭
    And based on my grades would i have a chance for oxford? Or does EVERYONE applying for Oxford gets that grade? Thanks x
    99% average lol wow. And you're still going a few marks off the successful boundary! Dam, MAT must also be really hard lol. I think you would stand a good chance, everyone applying should have 4 As or good grades but Oxford has a high GCSE requirement lol. If you want to read maths at uni I don't see why you wouldn't get an offer or interview if they do them with an average of 99% across all Maths modules lol.


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    (Original post by 17lina)
    Haha sure
    Ive gone through every question in the book by january mocks and right befor
    e the exam i did all the gold/silver/bronze paper but i didnt do the solomon papers
    DO you mind sending me a link to those papers you did please (not the past paper ones)
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    (Original post by Kira Yagami)
    DO you mind sending me a link to those papers you did please (not the past paper ones)
    They're all here, whatever you're looking for.
    She did the bronze, silver and gold papers for each module.

    http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/...-maths-papers/

    What Alevels are you taking?


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    Day 13
    I just completed the 2010 Paper for MAT. I did nothing in terms of revision except MAT preparation today. Although I did complete my homework (I had about 3 sets of Homework to do)
    Target: 70/100
    My results:
    MAT 2010 | Q1: 28/40 | Q2: 8/15 | Q5: 15/15 | Q6: 4/15 | Q7: 3/15 | TOTAL = 58/100
    Not exceptionally well, I need to work on timing too and I need to up my Question 1 game, I need to be achieving as high as possible in Question 1 where its multiple choice. Question 2, 6 and 7 I just knew I wouldn't get without looking at the solutions, I think I'll spend more time on them on have some clarity of thought.
    For a first attempt its not bad I guess... I'm about 12 marks away from my goal, with a month left to prepare so I'm going to hit this one on the head i hope!
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    Day 14
    Further Maths
    I have completed Series and Matrices of FP1 by myself today and I am attempting exam questions on both of these topics today. This will be until about 7'o clock. (I do complete exercise questions but when we do it in class)
    EDIT: I did complete a bunch of Matrices questions and a bunch of Series questions and I noticed they're all pretty much the same! I think I'm confident with the exam questions but the textbook questions have more variety so I'm going to attempt those tomorrow in class!
    Physics
    We've done a bit on Damping Oscillations, but other than this not a lot more
    Computer Science
    Successfully handed in Part 1. I can now give Computer Science a rest until my entrance exam for Oxford is over. By rest, I mean, do Maths in my Computer Science "lessons" and focus on MAT. I'll request my deadline to be extended for the next part of my coursework.
    EPQ
    Successfully handed in Part 2. I can now give EPQ a rest until my entrance exam is over. I'll request for the deadlines to be extended for the next part of the EPQ. I have another deadline this Friday which is my assignment due so I'm meeting that soon!
    MAT
    I'm going to attempt MAT 2009 questions 2,5,6 and 7 tonight from 7'o clock.
    EDIT:
    Okay its now 7:45 ( i spent the last 45-60 minutes cooking and eating and cleaning super super fast!) But this goes to show that usually I expect things to just not go to plan! This means I might have to adjust my plan a bit but not just give up on it. I think I'm going to attempt MAT 2009 2,5,6 (probably won't complete 7)
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    Hey! I was just wondering is FP1 hard?

    I'm self teaching further maths and so far I've completed D1 and onto completing S1. After I will be doing FP1 and was wondering whether it was hard or not? And whether self teaching would be tricky?


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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Unfortunately this year my college gave me the worst teachers for all my subjects so I plan on self-studying Computer Science and half of my Further Maths modules. My Physics teacher is okay I guess, though I struggle to understand her accent/wording sometimes. I requested to change classes twice but I was denied quite harshly both times unfortunately. So I've got to stick with and make the best of my situation.

    A-level Physics is a difficult subject, some say its the toughest subject to do at A-levels (sorry chemistry people). Definitely I would say the exams this year were very very difficult but overall Physics is fun to learn about, but its all about being able to apply what you know in the right way. Also you do quite a few experiments and some are quite boring but Physics in itself has always been very interesting.
    I'm sure your Physics teacher is most gratified that you have deigned to continue attending her lessons.
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    (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
    Hey! I was just wondering is FP1 hard?

    I'm self teaching further maths and so far I've completed D1 and onto completing S1. After I will be doing FP1 and was wondering whether it was hard or not? And whether self teaching would be tricky?


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    Hey,
    Absolutely not! FP1 is quite an easy module! I think Matrices is probably the most tricky and won't take long to learn! (though I haven't done proof by induction just yet) Self-teaching honestly is easy for Maths considering the resources on the internet. Complex numbers is a breeze, numerical methods is basically just core 3 stuff with a little bit added to learn, co-ordinate systems is just coordinate geometry from c1/c2 applied to parabolas, matrices is slightly more difficult in getting your head around it but nonetheless its easy stuff and series is a walk in the park.
    How did you find D1? Best of luck with your Further Maths!
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    (Original post by Reality Check)
    I'm sure your Physics teacher is most gratified that you have deigned to continue attending her lessons.
    Oh no, I do attend her lessons of course! I'm obliged to attend all my lessons but I definitely do attend my Physics lessons (it's probably my most important lessons).
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Hey,
    Absolutely not! FP1 is quite an easy module! I think Matrices is probably the most tricky and won't take long to learn! (though I haven't done proof by induction just yet) Self-teaching honestly is easy for Maths considering the resources on the internet. Complex numbers is a breeze, numerical methods is basically just core 3 stuff with a little bit added to learn, co-ordinate systems is just coordinate geometry from c1/c2 applied to parabolas, matrices is slightly more difficult in getting your head around it but nonetheless its easy stuff and series is a walk in the park.
    How did you find D1? Best of luck with your Further Maths!
    (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
    Hey! I was just wondering is FP1 hard?

    I'm self teaching further maths and so far I've completed D1 and onto completing S1. After I will be doing FP1 and was wondering whether it was hard or not? And whether self teaching would be tricky?


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    Do you think S2 or D1 is easier?
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    You copied my UCAS choices formatting.. just kidding it's fine though haha

    "For Physics I'm studying the AQA Syllabus and doing AstroPhysics for my option despite having chosen Turning points... my college sucks so bad."

    I feel you on this one, in past years Physics class sizes were so small (i.e. ~4 people) that they let each person choose their own optional topic then just taught them to each person individually or whatever, but for some reason this year our A-level Physics class size is 20... I blame the Brian Cox effect.. Now I'm stuck doing Astrophysics. It could be worse, but I personally would have rather done Medical Physics.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Oh no, I do attend her lessons of course! I'm obliged to attend all my lessons but I definitely do attend my Physics lessons (it's probably my most important lessons).
    What are you tips for an A* in Physics. Also how many hours do you study per day
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    (Original post by mahmzo)
    What are you tips for an A* in Physics. Also how many hours do you study per day
    I haven't achieved an A* yet! I achieved a high A-grade at AS level. Just keep on top of the work, ensure you understand EVERY concept. Make sure you know everything on the specification and then practice practice practice! Save those new spec papers till last though!
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    (Original post by DarkEnergy)
    You copied my UCAS choices formatting.. just kidding it's fine though haha

    "For Physics I'm studying the AQA Syllabus and doing AstroPhysics for my option despite having chosen Turning points... my college sucks so bad."


    I feel you on this one, in past years Physics class sizes were so small (i.e. ~4 people) that they let each person choose their own optional topic then just taught them to each person individually or whatever, but for some reason this year our A-level Physics class size is 20... I blame the Brian Cox effect.. Now I'm stuck doing Astrophysics. It could be worse, but I personally would have rather done Medical Physics.

    Good luck!
    Yes! Sorry xD I copied it and then I was trying to remember your name so that I could tag you but I got distracted... I'll do that now. So sorry! :P

    Wow! Those are some really small class sizes xD! Yeah I bet people chose it because of the Brian Cox effect xD, in fact I guarantee most of my class only chose Physics because of Brian Cox. Medical Physics sounds tough! In fact a Physics degree sounds really really tough, props to you for choosing it!
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Yes! Sorry xD I copied it and then I was trying to remember your name so that I could tag you but I got distracted... I'll do that now. So sorry! :P

    Wow! Those are some really small class sizes xD! Yeah I bet people chose it because of the Brian Cox effect xD, in fact I guarantee most of my class only chose Physics because of Brian Cox. Medical Physics sounds tough! In fact a Physics degree sounds really really tough, props to you for choosing it!
    Haha it's fine, you don't have to.

    Yeah we got pretty unlucky this year Medical Physics is basically just a normal Physics degree + some medical physics modules. Thank you!
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Hey,
    Absolutely not! FP1 is quite an easy module! I think Matrices is probably the most tricky and won't take long to learn! (though I haven't done proof by induction just yet) Self-teaching honestly is easy for Maths considering the resources on the internet. Complex numbers is a breeze, numerical methods is basically just core 3 stuff with a little bit added to learn, co-ordinate systems is just coordinate geometry from c1/c2 applied to parabolas, matrices is slightly more difficult in getting your head around it but nonetheless its easy stuff and series is a walk in the park.
    How did you find D1? Best of luck with your Further Maths!
    Oh ok! Thank god I was very worried lol. Sounds pretty interesting tbh quite excited to learn it!

    I have a problem though, with maths I seem to not be able to apply my knowledge most the time. Sometimes I look at the mark scheme and I'm like dang it I could've done that or I am not able to use my knowledge to do questions that are harder than the exercise questions in the textbook and are written slightly differently! Do you know how I can stop this?

    D1 is very easy for me I did a paper and scored 100% so I think D1 is fine!


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