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Self-studying C3, C4 and S1 for June, need help watch

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    So as I said in the title I'm self-studying A2 Maths and right now I feel really down in the dumps. When I study from the book, I understand most concepts and I feel fine, but when I look at the past papers I feel like there is no way I can solve it.

    For me, it's totally different than C1 and C2. The questions in those were repetitive and they really couldn't get out of a certain, very limited amount of questions. However, it's different in C3 and C4, as I see different ideas come up every examination.

    I have other exams too, which start in a month, so basically I only really have a month left to study the 3 modules. I've finished C3, finished C4 bar integration, and finished 6 chapters of S1. Yet, I still find myself struggling with the past papers.

    Is this normal? Will it just get better with more practice? Do you have any tips which could help me? I'd really appreciate it.

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    I self-taught C3, C4 and M1 between January and June of lower sixth so I can see where you're coming from. It took a long time for everything to click, but when it did, what I used to find hard I started to find incredibly easy. You just have to persist and then with a bit of luck the same will happen to you. If you understand all the concepts then you're in a good position, just follow it through by attempting a sizeable chunk of the problems from your textbook; only after you've done this should you be looking at exam questions. [By 'sizeable chunk' I really mean it, you should aim to do at least two thirds of the problems.]

    So in summary: yes it's normal, you'll get better with practice, and you just need to blitz exercises like a maniac for a month or so before trying past exam papers.

    Also, it's definitely worth getting to grips with C4 integration, because it's a big chunk of the module.

    Practice is what you need, especially of those exam style questions. Also, Integration usually carries around 50% of the marks in C4 papers and as noudia said to master C4, you need to master Integration.
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