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1. I do the same, one thinv is that when checking, dont try and follow your previous working as you will just make the same mistakes again, if you can try and do a few tests on the answer to check it must be right, eg let x=7 and test for that specific value. sometimes this isn't possible so do the question again. Make sure you read the question again from scratch, its very easy to think you are reading it when simply you are remembering the question from last time.

Also ask your teacher when marking your h/k not to give any ecf. That way any improvements will give large improvement in your mark.
2. (Original post by Peace0fM1nd)
do what i did, practice practice practice. these are the very books i used to sail through my exams and yes i know your frustration you will overcome this with time, trust me. here are the books.

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You seriously don't want all this rubbish. Seriously.

Practice is the key and check over as you're going along. Another thing is to actually check the question. Like you, in M1 I did distance the pulley moved when I should've calculated height above ground. I only lost one mark as I checked all my other workings but I knew from then I had to read the question again!
3. I do the same, one thinv is that when checking, dont try and follow your previous working as you will just make the same mistakes again, if you can try and do a few tests on the answer to check it must be right, eg let x=7 and test for that specific value. sometimes this isn't possible so do the question again. Make sure you read the question again from scratch, its very easy to think you are reading it when simply you are remembering the question from last time.

Also ask your teacher when marking your h/k not to give any ecf. That way any improvements will give large improvement in your mark.
4. Yeah I make mistakes too but I think you need to practice, practice, practice.
5. (Original post by ttoby)
C1 is Core 1, the first module of A-level maths which covers things like differentiation and coordinates. If you can't use a graphical calculator, you could always try and picture the graphs and get an approximation e.g. will have an answer that's approximately the area of a right angled triangle going through (0,0), (1,0) and (1,1).
Aha! I shall now try to zap up my powers of imagination in the exam! Also, with simple algebraic integration I simply just differentiate it back to see if it is correct .. but of course, there is always a risk of an error in differentiation Dammit I'm getting paranoid!

(Original post by meatball893)
I make loads of mistakes when I'm tired. It might just be that simple. Sleep more! Or at least have some tea
Truest thing ever spoken! But my Maths exams are ALWAYS scheduled at 7.30 in the morning, the horror! Imagine doing four hours of hell bleary-eyed!
6. I do the same, one thinv is that when checking, dont try and follow your previous working as you will just make the same mistakes again, if you can try and do a few tests on the answer to check it must be right, eg let x=7 and test for that specific value. sometimes this isn't possible so do the question again. Make sure you read the question again from scratch, its very easy to think you are reading it when simply you are remembering the question from last time.

Also ask your teacher when marking your h/k not to give any ecf. That way any improvements will give large improvement in your mark.
7. (Original post by asparkyn)
Truest thing ever spoken! But my Maths exams are ALWAYS scheduled at 7.30 in the morning, the horror! Imagine doing four hours of hell bleary-eyed!
Hell?! Bad thing to say in the maths forum!
8. (Original post by meatball893)
Hell?! Bad thing to say in the maths forum!
I shall now put a coin in the swear jar Might it ease the blow a little if I used a euphemism instead?
9. (Original post by asparkyn)
I shall now put a coin in the swear jar Might it ease the blow a little if I used a euphemism instead?
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possibly...
I do the same, one thinv is that when checking, dont try and follow your previous working as you will just make the same mistakes again, if you can try and do a few tests on the answer to check it must be right, eg let x=7 and test for that specific value. sometimes this isn't possible so do the question again. Make sure you read the question again from scratch, its very easy to think you are reading it when simply you are remembering the question from last time.

Also ask your teacher when marking your h/k not to give any ecf. That way any improvements will give large improvement in your mark.
I find that reading the question backwards helps to isolate the key words without just remembering them. Obviously this is a bit impractical for some of the wordier questions but I still find it to be a fairly useful technique.

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