The infinite stress of STEP.

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STEP is capable of reducing anybody to tears, it consistently makes me feel like a blithering idiot. Spotting the things which are meant to be spotted is like spotting that a glacier has moved 0.00001m. Why is it mathematicians have to sit this again? Is two of the hardest alevels possible not enough? Why is it not clear at all what I can assume and can't, why do I sometimes not even realise when I've finished a question? Why on earth did they ever think I was a competent mathematician?

*this close to giving up* *makes wee space with fingers* >=(

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oh god... here comes the whining from the Cam applicants. Balliol mate. No worries like that.
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oh god... here comes the whining from the Cam applicants. Balliol mate. No worries like that.
Pity me Tell me it's not fair Give me a magic solution.
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Where do you get STEP papers from? Can you send me some? I'm really interested in them...

On a more helpful note, never give up trying, I'm sure deep down someone going to cambridge and taking further maths enjoys the challenge.
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Where do you get STEP papers from? Can you send me some? I'm really interested in them...

On a more helpful note, never give up trying, I'm sure deep down someone going to cambridge and taking further maths enjoys the challenge.
OCR get quite protective over the copyrights so I can't send you any sorry. There's one online though,

http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...text/text.html

This is STEP II, STEP III is considerably harder, and without causing controversy, that's probably one of the more straight forward STEP II papers.

I've been trying hard for months now and I am still nothing more than marginally better, I would still get 0 if I was to take the paper I am pretty sure. The questions are cool, but I just can't push myself against this brick wall anymore. I am no good at this stuff and really have to admit it. The chances of me suddenly improving now really do seem to be -> 0.
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Please note: I am a dramaqueen. I will get over myself soon.
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Oh don't worry about it at all, everyone struggles the first few times they come up against STEP questions, it's all a case of getting used to the difficulty level, and knowing how to approach the questions. Over time, I'm sure you'll get a better understanding of everything you know, which comes with practice, and the questions will gradually seem easier and easier. Don't panic, I'm sure you'll come through
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Please note: I am a dramaqueen. I will get over myself soon.
I feel sorry for you.

BTW: If you don't meet the offer, there is still a lot of people out there wh won't either!
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Please note: I am a dramaqueen. I will get over myself soon.
How many exams are there and when are they?
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Oh don't worry about it at all, everyone struggles the first few times they come up against STEP questions, it's all a case of getting used to the difficulty level, and knowing how to approach the questions. Over time, I'm sure you'll get a better understanding of everything you know, which comes with practice, and the questions will gradually seem easier and easier. Don't panic, I'm sure you'll come through
theone, has anybody in history ever got 100% on all the STEP Papers they took?
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Oh don't worry about it at all, everyone struggles the first few times they come up against STEP questions, it's all a case of getting used to the difficulty level, and knowing how to approach the questions. Over time, I'm sure you'll get a better understanding of everything you know, which comes with practice, and the questions will gradually seem easier and easier. Don't panic, I'm sure you'll come through
I really appreciate your advice I really do, but I can't help but feel it's just not happening for me. People say I'll pickup momentum, I'll get used to it, but every time I do stumble across a solution it just compounds my feelings of stupidity and inadequacy "I can't believe I was so slow to notice that." It gets particularly frustrating when I resort to asking for help, and the teachers can't do it either, so I'm back when I started. I also can't follow Dr Siklo's book for some reason, more evidence for myself that I'm not even on the learning curve.
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How many exams are there and when are they?
I think they do 2 3 hour exams
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theone, has anybody in history ever got 100% on all the STEP Papers they took?
In all honesty, it is very likely that someone has.
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How many exams are there and when are they?
Two three hour papers at the end of June.
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In all honesty, it is very likely that someone has.
mmm, I'm not so sure, 100% on 2 STEP Papers is a mean feat. But yes, there is probably some freak out there who has done.
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Two three hour papers at the end of June.
Here is pause for thought:

Lets say, if you were extremely ill on the day of the exams, and couldn't turn up.

Would Cambridge favour you to give you the place, say, over some1 who did the STEP Papers and failed to meet the offer?

They may sympathize.
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I really appreciate your advice I really do, but I can't help but feel it's just not happening for me. People say I'll pickup momentum, I'll get used to it, but every time I do stumble across a solution it just compounds my feelings of stupidity and inadequacy "I can't believe I was so slow to notice that." It gets particularly frustrating when I resort to asking for help, and the teachers can't do it either, so I'm back when I started. I also can't follow Dr Siklo's book for some reason, more evidence for myself that I'm not even on the learning curve.
Dr Siklos' book is fairly difficult, the solutions only seem easy to follow, or at least possible to follow, if you've had a decent go at the question. It will happen for you, if you make it happen I think. All you've got to do is really put your head down and do as many questions as you can, make sure you know the syllabus thoroughly, and if you can't do a question straightaway, don't hunt for a solution, sit there and think for some time, even an hour, or have a break and think about it in passing. Once you begin to develop that understanding, things will gradually become a lot clearer, as I'm sure they will. Don't worry, you're definitely on the curve
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mmm, I'm not so sure, 100% on 2 STEP Papers is a mean feat. But yes, there is probably some freak out there who has done.
Given that several International Maths Olympiad people who go to cambrigde have to take step, and their level of maths is likely to be very high first year university at least, i'd say it's quite likely.
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I found Siklos really helpful, even though I'm not sitting the papers. I did the questions before my Oxford entrance paper and interview and I thought that was good preparation
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Dr Siklos' book is fairly difficult, the solutions only seem easy to follow, or at least possible to follow, if you've had a decent go at the question. It will happen for you, if you make it happen I think. All you've got to do is really put your head down and do as many questions as you can, make sure you know the syllabus thoroughly, and if you can't do a question straightaway, don't hunt for a solution, sit there and think for some time, even an hour, or have a break and think about it in passing. Once you begin to develop that understanding, things will gradually become a lot clearer, as I'm sure they will. Don't worry, you're definitely on the curve
Yes, the curve that goes to infinity! (that is sort of some terrible joke as how the curve enver ends as STEP is solid..)
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