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# Further Maths self-study watch

1. Having just got my AS results, i was told that i can't carry on with the 5 subjects i did last year to A2. I enjoyed all my subjects though and i dont want to drop any and so that would leave me having to do one myself. I evaluated my chances of doing each of the subjects at home and concluded maths was my best bet because my results were
C1-99 C2-100 C3-96 C4-100 M1-90 M2-89 S1-100 S2-81

so basically iv got a full maths A-level and im gona use S1 and S2(will retake) towards my F maths. So after all that babble, my question is how difficult will i find doin FP1-3, S3 and M3 myself. Any comments from people who have succeeded in doin this themselves will be welcome.

Thanks
2. This doesn't help, but I'm meant to be doing C3 and M1 myself. I'm just too lazy though.
But if you're doing FP1-3 i recon you would need some sort of help from a tutor, seeing as its all new stuff.
3. It's definitely possible to teach yourself those modules provided you're able to motivate yourself sufficiently and enjoy the subject.
You might occasionally get stuck with a question but I'm sure people on this forum or your maths teachers would be happy to help.
You'll want to get stuck into those modules fairly early though so you're prepared as quickly as possible and can take several modules in January (which will ease the pressure from the following summer).
4. Ok thx, i didnt mention it but i self-studied C4 and i'm half-way through FP1 now. I havent had any problems with it yet. In terms of how hard it is to grasp the concepts how do the other modules compare to FP1
5. I self studied most of S1 and the whole of S2 and M2 last year...this summer I have gone through FP1 (even though I will get taught it) and M3, and am at chapter 4 in S3. During next term I plan to teach myself M4 and M5, along with possibly S4 and M6, depending whether I can do them in January. It is definitely achievable, though admittedly my lowest maths marks came in the self studied modules ( I knew I moled up M2 though)

By the way, is it just me or is Review Exercise 2 in M3 a real stinker?

And with FP1, the harder stuff comes in the second half I think, get stuck into the differential equations
6. In terms of how hard it is to grasp the concepts how do the other modules compare to FP1
I don't think the other modules are really very much harder and are certainly possible to self study.
Perhaps the most challenging (at first) parts in FP1-FP3 would be FP2 integration+coordinate geometry and FP3 complex numbers.
7. (Original post by Gaz031)
I don't think the other modules are really very much harder and are certainly possible to self study.
Perhaps the most challenging (at first) parts in FP1-FP3 would be FP2 integration+coordinate geometry and FP3 complex numbers.
I'd agree with your comments about FP2, Gaz. I found the Conics and the Itrinsic Coordinates and some of the Integration tough going on my own.

But with the support of you guys when I got stuck, and doing all the past questions going, I got 93 UMS in the end - which I was very pleased with!

Aitch

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