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    Hi, I have been ill for the past 2 years (including for my A2 year of sixth form) and consequently am now trying to self study Edexcel A Level Maths (C3, C4 and S2) for exams in June 2015. I am hoping to go to university for 2015 entry and I need at least an A for the courses I have applied for/have offers for. I do think I am capable of achieving this but I am finding it quite difficult get back into studying it again after a gap and to self teach it completely. Has anyone else self studied A2 Maths? What did you focus on? Going through the textbook i.e. the worked examples? The questions in the textbook? Past papers? Has anyone got any tips as to what I should be doing for my studying to be the most effective? Thank you in advance!
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    (Original post by Sapphire321)
    Hi, I have been ill for the past 2 years (including for my A2 year of sixth form) and consequently am now trying to self study Edexcel A Level Maths (C3, C4 and S2) for exams in June 2015. I am hoping to go to university for 2015 entry and I need at least an A for the courses I have applied for/have offers for. I do think I am capable of achieving this but I am finding it quite difficult get back into studying it again after a gap and to self teach it completely. Has anyone else self studied A2 Maths? What did you focus on? Going through the textbook i.e. the worked examples? The questions in the textbook? Past papers? Has anyone got any tips as to what I should be doing for my studying to be the most effective? Thank you in advance!
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    • get dates for your exams
    • draw a timetable (aim to finish teaching/learning at least 1 month before exam dates)
    • use a good book recommended by the board for teaching
    • do every single question in the book
    • as soon as a module finishes you start revising with practice/past papers while you are still learning the next module.
    • the last month should be just papers.
    • you should spend 30 -40 hours per week assuming you start right away.



    I cannot see why you cannot be successful.

    all the best
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    Hi,
    I'm not actually doing A2 yet I'm in the middle of my AS year, but I'm taking maths and beginning to revise! Personally when I revise I find that past papers and text book questions are the most effective, but you only if you understand the logic behind the maths first. For understanding the individual topics I use the CGP AS Level Maths textbook which I find helps to explain concepts thoroughly without over complicating them! That particular text book is for the MEI syllabus, however here's the equivalent for A level Edexcel! I also find that if I can't grasp something that's more difficult from a book, or a teacher can't get it through to me, that certain YouTube channels really help for example Khan Academy and Mathbff. They should really help catch you up on topics that are difficult to self teach!
    Good luck for the exams when they do come around and I'm sure you'll get your grades!
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    It's doable. It's not easy, but it's doable.

    You should be doing as many of the questions in the textbook as you possibly can, getting help with the ones you find hard. Lots of people on here will be willing and able to help out with any topics you're finding hard. You should also be doing as many past papers as you can find. Past papers for your board, solomon papers etc etc. Practice is pretty much the trick to doing well in A-level Maths.

    http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/ is a great website, which has absolutely tons of material to help you prepare. Notes, worksheets, exam papers (for all boards - some topics may be on C3 for one board, but C4 for another, but the Core content is largely going to be the same, so there's no harm doing past papers from other exam boards too). I'd strongly suggest having a look around on there. There's not as much on there for S2, though - mostly just papers.

    TLDR version: Practice. Lots. And then some more.
 
 
 
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