I took a gap year, although mine was necessary (I didn't decide to actually do maths until after year 13, at which point I realised it would be useful to do Further Maths, AEA and STEP, so that I could apply to Warwick). I bought the FM textbooks on Amazon and read through them at home, and asked my old school to let me sit the exams there (though I still had to pay).
I got a job in a primary school tutoring maths to year 6 in preparation for their SATs - obviously it didn't help my own maths (although you'll remember so many things like how to multiply numbers in a column, or a grid.. and the level 6 papers are awesome, it's like a mini version of STEP, in that the questions are multi-part and are in an unfamiliar format.. they were awesome.. ), but it was genuinely enjoyable, and I made a little bit of spending money too for university
In terms of maths, I was happy enough reading Liebeck and doing STEP.
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- 24-09-2010 18:18
(Original post by Noble.)
- 24-09-2010 18:21
I did apply for 2010 entry, but for engineering. I soon realised it was the wrong choice and withdrew, so I didn't intentionally plan on a gap year.
Personally when I applied to universities (with deferred entry for maths) I just put down a sentence about the fact I was going to travel around south east Asia. I didn't put any focus on it in my PS because to be honest it's not important. Universities are mostly interested in your academic interests (up until the point you apply), and to a much much lesser extent extra-curricular's.
- 24-09-2010 18:34
I took a gap year, for similar reasons (changed my mind to do maths). However, I didn't study during it, apart from the preparation for STEP which fitted around a job and some volunteer work. And given that I had a gap year I thought may as well get some money and travel.
(Original post by SimonM)
- 24-09-2010 19:14
Much prefer other areas of maths to study academically though.
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(Original post by SimonM)
- 25-09-2010 00:07
In case any of my long convoluted posts didn't make this clear, this is exactly what I was getting at, just put better.
(If I remember, I'll rep you tomorrow)
- 25-09-2010 00:21
Worry less about what your going to give to mathematics, and worry more about what your going to take for yourself.
There is a big wide world out there, you have a year with which to explore it without any responsibilities or baggage. Seriously, travel, work, experience new things, meet new people. Universities (believe it or not) care about more than just grades, if you can show some enthusiasm and self motivation then that will be looked at very favourably. Your already planning to do STEP, which isnt the easiest thing, and if you already have the grades then at least travel for a while.
You have 3 years at uni, and 40 years of work afterwards. Enjoy your youth while you have it, it wont be there for ever.