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    Hi all,

    Basically, this is what my situation looks like right now:

    Year 12 modules UMS:
    C1: 100
    C2: 95
    FP1: 92 (self taught)
    D1: 92
    S1: 90
    M1: 80 (bad day )

    Year 13 module status:
    C3: finished (self taught)
    C4: finished
    S2: finished
    M2: last chapter to go
    D2: just started
    FP2: just started

    (Edexcel)

    As you can see, I'll have the large majority of my M/FM A2 modules finished by Christmas, though I've been told FP2 may take up to mid-January. In the A2 course so far, nothing has really challenged me, but we've only just started FP2 so that may change.

    This month I also started STEP preparation (I was preparing for the MAT before) and found that it takes up quite a bit of my time, almost like another AS. I've also decided that I'm definitely going to do FP3 after finished FP2 in preparation for maths at uni, so from what I can see this leaves me with two options:

    1) Spend the extra spare time next year focusing on STEP and my other subject (physics, which I am not as confident on as I am with maths)

    2) Pick up AFM, since I'll be doing FP3 so may aswell do M3 and S3 to get an AS

    I taught myself most of FP1 and C3 so I am definitely able to self teach, plus there's always TSR if I get stuck I feel like I'm not stretched enough by A2 FM, so the only time I'm doing challenging maths is when I'm doing STEP, and I'm not sure there's enough STEP to last me from January to May. Plus, if I stopped wasting time in the evenings, I'm certain I can fit all of this in. I'll be sitting STEP I and II this summer.

    What do you guys think? Any advice? My teacher has said it's up to me, so I thought I'd come on here
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    (Original post by Mike_Ross)
    Hi all,

    Basically, this is what my situation looks like right now:

    Year 12 modules UMS:
    C1: 100
    C2: 95
    FP1: 92 (self taught)
    D1: 92
    S1: 90
    M1: 80 (bad day )

    Year 13 module status:
    C3: finished (self taught)
    C4: finished
    S2: finished
    M2: last chapter to go
    D2: just started
    FP2: just started

    (Edexcel)

    As you can see, I'll have the large majority of my M/FM A2 modules finished by Christmas, though I've been told FP2 may take up to mid-January. In the A2 course so far, nothing has really challenged me, but we've only just started FP2 so that may change.

    This month I also started STEP preparation (I was preparing for the MAT before) and found that it takes up quite a bit of my time, almost like another AS. I've also decided that I'm definitely going to do FP3 after finished FP2 in preparation for maths at uni, so from what I can see this leaves me with two options:

    1) Spend the extra spare time next year focusing on STEP and my other subject (physics, which I am not as confident on as I am with maths)

    2) Pick up AFM, since I'll be doing FP3 so may aswell do M3 and S3 to get an AS

    I taught myself most of FP1 and C3 so I am definitely able to self teach, plus there's always TSR if I get stuck I feel like I'm not stretched enough by A2 FM, so the only time I'm doing challenging maths is when I'm doing STEP, and I'm not sure there's enough STEP to last me from January to May. Plus, if I stopped wasting time in the evenings, I'm certain I can fit all of this in. I'll be sitting STEP I and II this summer.

    What do you guys think? Any advice? My teacher has said it's up to me, so I thought I'd come on here
    There are more than 1000 STEP questions available so I doubt whether you will run out of them.
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    (Original post by Mike_Ross)
    Hi all,

    Basically, this is what my situation looks like right now:

    Year 12 modules UMS:
    C1: 100
    C2: 95
    FP1: 92 (self taught)
    D1: 92
    S1: 90
    M1: 80 (bad day )

    Year 13 module status:
    C3: finished (self taught)
    C4: finished
    S2: finished
    M2: last chapter to go
    D2: just started
    FP2: just started

    (Edexcel)

    As you can see, I'll have the large majority of my M/FM A2 modules finished by Christmas, though I've been told FP2 may take up to mid-January. In the A2 course so far, nothing has really challenged me, but we've only just started FP2 so that may change.

    This month I also started STEP preparation (I was preparing for the MAT before) and found that it takes up quite a bit of my time, almost like another AS. I've also decided that I'm definitely going to do FP3 after finished FP2 in preparation for maths at uni, so from what I can see this leaves me with two options:

    1) Spend the extra spare time next year focusing on STEP and my other subject (physics, which I am not as confident on as I am with maths)

    2) Pick up AFM, since I'll be doing FP3 so may aswell do M3 and S3 to get an AS

    I taught myself most of FP1 and C3 so I am definitely able to self teach, plus there's always TSR if I get stuck I feel like I'm not stretched enough by A2 FM, so the only time I'm doing challenging maths is when I'm doing STEP, and I'm not sure there's enough STEP to last me from January to May. Plus, if I stopped wasting time in the evenings, I'm certain I can fit all of this in. I'll be sitting STEP I and II this summer.

    What do you guys think? Any advice? My teacher has said it's up to me, so I thought I'd come on here
    I would certainly do FP3 - it is interesting

    Then I would focus on STEP - assuming you intend to apply for maths

    If you are looking at physics or Nat Sci then more M could be useful
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    (Original post by brianeverit)
    There are more than 1000 STEP questions available so I doubt whether you will run out of them.
    Haha I'm glad, it was just that I'd just seen people around here telling others to 'pace themselves' to avoid running out. Thanks!

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    I would certainly do FP3 - it is interesting

    Then I would focus on STEP - assuming you intend to apply for maths

    If you are looking at physics or Nat Sci then more M could be useful
    Yeah I've applied for maths, thanks for the advice! How much harder would you say FP3 is, if at all, than FP2? I've only had a brief look at it, there seems to be a lot more content than FP2!
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    (Original post by Mike_Ross)
    Haha I'm glad, it was just that I'd just seen people around here telling others to 'pace themselves' to avoid running out. Thanks!



    Yeah I've applied for maths, thanks for the advice! How much harder would you say FP3 is, if at all, than FP2? I've only had a brief look at it, there seems to be a lot more content than FP2!
    I love FP3

    To give a context - I fought it to my daughter in a weekend after M2 bombed - she did not do brilliantly on the exam but she did get 60something (as expected) but it was literally just a weekend to get through - she is a less skilled mathematician than you seem to be
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    I love FP3

    To give a context - I fought it to my daughter in a weekend after M2 bombed - she did not do brilliantly on the exam but she did get 60something (as expected) but it was literally just a weekend to get through - she is a less skilled mathematician than you seem to be
    Ah okay so it's not something ridiculous (though I was almost hoping it was!)
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    (Original post by Mike_Ross)
    Ah okay so it's not something ridiculous (though I was almost hoping it was!)
    Not ridiculous - no harder than the other FPs

    Stick to STEP
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    Not ridiculous - no harder than the other FPs

    Stick to STEP
    I shall seriously consider it, thank you

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    (Original post by Mike_Ross)
    I shall seriously consider it, thank you

    Anyone else want to add anything?
    Read around as well

    What maths have you been reading
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    Read around as well

    What maths have you been reading
    I assume you mean books? So far I've read Simon Singh's 'Fermat's Last Theorem', James Gleick's 'Chaos', Roger Penrose's 'The Emperor's New Mind', and I've just started John Derbyshire's 'Prime Obsession'.

    Any recommendations?
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    (Original post by Mike_Ross)
    I assume you mean books? So far I've read Simon Singh's 'Fermat's Last Theorem', James Gleick's 'Chaos', Roger Penrose's 'The Emperor's New Mind', and I've just started John Derbyshire's 'Prime Obsession'.

    Any recommendations?
    They are all good

    I would recommend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gödel,_Escher,_Bach as it takes mathematics into a wider context
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    They are all good

    I would recommend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gödel,_Escher,_Bach as it takes mathematics into a wider context
    I actually have that lying on my shelf haha, it's so long it looks really daunting! It was silly of me to buy the book without checking its length. I wasn't (and still am not) even certain if this is suitable for a student who isn't yet at university?
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    (Original post by Mike_Ross)
    I actually have that lying on my shelf haha, it's so long it looks really daunting! It was silly of me to buy the book without checking its length. I wasn't (and still am not) even certain if this is suitable for a student who isn't yet at university?
    Maybe not - there is some stuff you will not recognise - but it is very readable
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    Maybe not - there is some stuff you will not recognise - but it is very readable
    I'll save it for last then, after I've read this one and Anathem - another huge book, but that one actually seems like it's doable.
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    (Original post by Mike_Ross)
    I'll save it for last then, after I've read this one and Anathem - another huge book, but that one actually seems like it's doable.
    Another thought - are you too Maths at the moment - why not try something like Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    Another thought - are you too Maths at the moment - why not try something like Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    Yes, this looks really interesting! I'll add that to the Christmas list

    Do you know of any books that relate to both maths and philosophy? I talked about Platonism in my PS so just in case it came up in an interview or anything, some basic knowledge would be good (doesn't have to be specifically about Platonism, but maths and philosophy in general)
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    Yes, this looks really interesting! I'll add that to the Christmas list

    Do you know of any books that relate to both maths and philosophy? I talked about Platonism in my PS so just in case it came up in an interview or anything, some basic knowledge would be good (doesn't have to be specifically about Platonism, but maths and philosophy in general)

    Not my area really but any history of maths books will include philosophical ideas
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    Not my area really but any history of maths books will include philosophical ideas
    Cool, thank you for your help
 
 
 
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