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Edexcel FP3 - 27th June, 2016 watch

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    Ergh it feels so intimidating to revise for this.

    Doesn't help that in my mock next week, our paper is a joint FP2-FP3 mock :cry2:

    May as well forfeit :getmecoat:
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    (Original post by DylanJ42)
    where did you get the 2015 paper? its not available on edexcels website yet and a google search brought up nothing
    Google Bilal Ahmed's edexcel blog
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    (Original post by DylanJ42)
    where did you get the 2015 paper? its not available on edexcels website yet and a google search brought up nothing
    http://static1.squarespace.com/stati...+June+2015.pdf
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    (Original post by BBeyond)
    Google Bilal Ahmed's edexcel blog
    thanks guys
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    (Original post by Student403)
    Ergh it feels so intimidating to revise for this.

    Doesn't help that in my mock next week, our paper is a joint FP2-FP3 mock :cry2:

    May as well forfeit :getmecoat:
    Don't be intimidated! There's some really interesting maths in FP2/3. I'd much rather do these units than something like statistics...
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    (Original post by A Slice of Pi)
    Don't be intimidated! There's some really interesting maths in FP2/3. I'd much rather do these units than something like statistics...
    There's nothing wrong with statistics
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    (Original post by A Slice of Pi)
    Don't be intimidated! There's some really interesting maths in FP2/3. I'd much rather do these units than something like statistics...
    Oh don't get me wrong FP2/3 are my favourite pure modules ever. I especially love every topic in FP2. The problem I have is that each topic seems to have some aspects of memorization. A lot of it is understanding, yes, but there is a memory aspect which I never do well in - that is simply remembering all the techniques in my toolbox!
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    (Original post by BBeyond)
    There's nothing wrong with statistics
    No but I just find the pure units more interesting
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    (Original post by BBeyond)
    There's nothing wrong with statistics
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    (Original post by Student403)
    Oh don't get me wrong FP2/3 are my favourite pure modules ever. I especially love every topic in FP2. The problem I have is that each topic seems to have some aspects of memorization. A lot of it is understanding, yes, but there is a memory aspect which I never do well in - that is simply remembering all the techniques in my toolbox!
    There's always a fair bit of memorisation, with any of the units. But if you have a good understanding of the topics then it should get easier to remember these things. There's always a logic to these concepts too, which helps.
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    (Original post by A Slice of Pi)
    There's always a fair bit of memorisation, with any of the units. But if you have a good understanding of the topics then it should get easier to remember these things. There's always a logic to these concepts too, which helps.
    That's true. But I guess with pure the concepts are the most abstract of any of the modules, no? As in there's new maths entirely as opposed to applied maths
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    (Original post by Student403)
    That's true. But I guess with pure the concepts are the most abstract of any of the modules, no? As in there's new maths entirely as opposed to applied maths
    I guess so. Thinking about it, when it comes to topics like reduction formulae it's not really a matter of memorising but being able to spot how to split the integral when integrating by parts. This sometimes isn't obvious, especially with recent papers. The one on June 2014's paper springs to mind here...
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    (Original post by A Slice of Pi)
    I guess so. Thinking about it, when it comes to topics like reduction formulae it's not really a matter of memorising but being able to spot how to split the integral when integrating by parts. This sometimes isn't obvious, especially with recent papers. The one on June 2014's paper springs to mind here...
    Oh right yes - I did encounter a problem child on one of them - though always it'll be one or the other. One doesn't work, try the other.
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    (Original post by Student403)
    Ergh it feels so intimidating to revise for this.

    Doesn't help that in my mock next week, our paper is a joint FP2-FP3 mock :cry2:

    May as well forfeit :getmecoat:
    C'mon man if I can do alright on past papers, you can do fine in your mock!!
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    The worst part about FP3 is that it delves into some topics that have the potential to be absolutely horrible if Edexcel wants it to be. All that algebraic manipulation under exam pressure can get quite stressful. Regards to everyone doing S2 on the same day.
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    (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
    C'mon man if I can do alright on past papers, you can do fine in your mock!!
    I hope that wasn't you putting yourself down :erm: cause dude you are very talented in pure xD
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    (Original post by Student403)
    I hope that wasn't you putting yourself down :erm: cause dude you are very talented in pure xD
    Tons of work to do before June, man. I just realised that M3 is a little over 2 months away...
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    (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
    Tons of work to do before June, man. I just realised that M3 is a little over 2 months away...
    :coma:
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    (Original post by A Slice of Pi)
    I take it this was a very difficult paper? Let me guess conics and reduction formulae were the worst questions...
    Objectively, I'm not so sure it was very difficult, but for an Edexcel exam, certainly, and given the grade boundaries I guess you'd have to say so. I think my own perception is marred by the fact I was very tired at that point, and in completely the wrong frame of mind, so I just completely ****ed it and got around 60-62/75 raw marks or something (translated from 95 UMS lmao) There was a bad reduction question and the conics were both bad but I think the first one may have been more awkward for me and the second I had the right idea but just bad time...or maybe the other way round lol. There were also very weird eigenvalues in a matrix, but apart from all that it was standard I think.
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    Oooh. It looks ok I guess conics can be a pain and trig reductions can be a bit odd. I will leave this paper for last!

    My friend took this in year 12 and got a B originally, he then requested it for remark and ended up with 100 UMS.
 
 
 
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