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1. I tend to lose marks because I don't understand what the question wants me to do.

Its not so much my method, I can remember formulas easily and what you need to do with them, but I just can't get my head around the question unless someone explains to me what I have to do.
2. (Original post by peanutbutterjam)
I tend to lose marks because I don't understand what the question wants me to do.

Its not so much my method, I can remember formulas easily and what you need to do with them, but I just can't get my head around the question unless someone explains to me what I have to do.
Could you give some examples ... At GCSE and A Level the topics are usually quite distinct
3. (Original post by TenOfThem)
Could you give some examples ... At GCSE and A Level the topics are usually quite distinct
The line L1 has the equation 2y=x-3 and the line L2 has the equation 5y+2x-18=0

i. Find the gradient of L2
The point of intersection of L1 and L2 is P.

ii. Find the coordinates of P.
The lines L1 and L2 cross the x-axis as the points A and B respectively.

iii. Find the area of triangle APB.

Taken from the Core 1 book for AS maths.
4. (Original post by peanutbutterjam)
The line L1 has the equation 2y=x-3 and the line L2 has the equation 5y+2x-18=0

i. Find the gradient of L2
The point of intersection of L1 and L2 is P.

ii. Find the coordinates of P.
The lines L1 and L2 cross the x-axis as the points A and B respectively.

iii. Find the area of triangle APB.

Taken from the Core 1 book for AS maths.
Would you be able to write down the gradient of the line with equation ?
5. (Original post by BuryMathsTutor)
Would you be able to write down the gradient of the line with equation ?
m=3
6. (Original post by peanutbutterjam)
m=3
Right.

So if the equation is in the form you can write down the gradient.
7. (Original post by peanutbutterjam)
The line L1 has the equation 2y=x-3 and the line L2 has the equation 5y+2x-18=0

i. Find the gradient of L2
The point of intersection of L1 and L2 is P.

ii. Find the coordinates of P.
The lines L1 and L2 cross the x-axis as the points A and B respectively.

iii. Find the area of triangle APB.

Taken from the Core 1 book for AS maths.
So, each of these questions tells you exactly what is wanted
The gradient of a straight line
The intersection of 2 lines
The area of a triangle
8. I've practising exam questions for the past couple of hours and I seem to be getting the hang of it now, thanks for the help!
9. (Original post by peanutbutterjam)
I've practising exam questions for the past couple of hours and I seem to be getting the hang of it now, thanks for the help!
It may help if you group questions on similar topics as you complete papers ... That will help you to see the variety of phrasings that can come up

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