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    It seems that I can't get higher than 80-85% for Maths and Further Maths, though I know for normal Maths I can get higher than that but I keep making really silly mistakes ( like simple arithmetic).

    Is there a way to improve and reduce these mistakes?
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    Make sure you're thoroughly checking over all of your answers; consider taking questions more slowly
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    It seems that I can't get higher than 80-85% for Maths and Further Maths, though I know for normal Maths I can get higher than that but I keep making really silly mistakes ( like simple arithmetic).

    Is there a way to improve and reduce these mistakes?
    Practice and be more careful. I still make a lot of mistakes sometimes.
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    (Original post by StrangeBanana)
    Make sure you're thoroughly checking over all of your answers; consider taking questions more slowly
    I should do that, since I always finish 30 minutes early
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    Well,if your problem is only arithmetic errors you are lucky! I also had the same problem, i found the only solution was paying full attention.use ur 30 minutes too for rechecking.just finished my a level with 78% and that was because mechanics-2 was too tough.
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    Yeah thorough checking should do the trick. I always find the first few questions I do in the exam are the ones the I make stupid mistakes on because I'm not fully in exam mode yet. Good luck. I know how it feels though. I have a terrible habit for changing '+'s to '-'s and visa versa.

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    It's further maths. It's supposed to be difficult. Watch your time spent on each question, and leave yourself a good 10 minutes at the end to check over your answers.
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    Go over main concepts once more and have plan in your head before you do each question i.e first integrate dx/dy then divide by 1 then substitute x=5 in the eqn ….then follow each step don't try and 'work it out in your head' unless you are 100 perfect at that topic….this took me from 60s to 90s….never lose marks on the little stuff. It really adds up
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    It seems that I can't get higher than 80-85% for Maths and Further Maths, though I know for normal Maths I can get higher than that but I keep making really silly mistakes ( like simple arithmetic).

    Is there a way to improve and reduce these mistakes?
    I use my calculator for every calculation - even the most simple. It may sound stupid, but it avoids silly errors.
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    (Original post by SH0405)
    I use my calculator for every calculation - even the most simple. It may sound stupid, but it avoids silly errors.
    You can't do that for C1.


    Later on you can't do that for STEP.
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    You can't do that for C1.


    Later on you can't do that for STEP.
    Ok...........But you can do it for C2, C3, C4, S1, S2, S3, S4, M1, M2, M3, M4, D1, D2, FP1, FP2, FP3, DE, DC, NM, NC and FPT.
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    It's probably the hardest thing to do in an exam, but question your answers. It's tempting to just look over it to save time and say 'ahh yeah that's defo right', but go through each step and check whether it's right.

    If I'm asked to integrate/differentiate stuff I'll differentiate/integrate the answer at the end of the question if I can to see if it makes sense. Also look at your answers and see if you can spot a silly value. (Someone had a question about a 4 metre plank and said that a weight was placed (-16 metres) away from the centre.)

    If you really want to, do every question that's available to you. This way you get so much practice (although it takes a fair amount of time) so it's like training yourself, and helps you see the variety of questions that you could be asked about.
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    (Original post by SH0405)
    Ok...........But you can do it for C2, C3, C4, S1, S2, S3, S4, M1, M2, M3, M4, D1, D2, FP1, FP2, FP3, DE, DC, NM, NC and FPT.
    M5, FP4

    What are the last 5 you said?
    Edit: don't worry I found them.

    They say they keep making arithmetic mistakes in normal maths, which at this point is primarily C1 I assume. So it's just about being careful.
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    M5, FP4

    What are the last 5 you said?
    Edit: don't worry I found them.

    They say they keep making arithmetic mistakes in normal maths, which at this point is primarily C1 I assume. So it's just about being careful.
    I was listing the MEI units. The last five are Differential Equations, Decision Mathematics Computation, Numerical Methods, Numerical Computation and Further Pure Mathematics with Technology.
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    (Original post by rycool)
    mechanics-2 was too tough.
    lol.
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    (Original post by SH0405)
    I was listing the MEI units. The last five are Differential Equations, Decision Mathematics Computation, Numerical Methods, Numerical Computation and Further Pure Mathematics with Technology.
    I make that 22 units. Does anyone try doing them all?
    I know lots of people aim for 15 or 18 for Edexcel or AQA, but 21 is too much (modules tend to be taken in 3s).
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    I make that 22 units. Does anyone try doing them all?
    I know lots of people aim for 15 or 18 for Edexcel or AQA, but 21 is too much (modules tend to be taken in 3s).
    It would take a mathematical beast to sit 21 units.
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    (Original post by SH0405)
    Ok...........But you can do it for C2, C3, C4, S1, S2, S3, S4, M1, M2, M3, M4, D1, D2, FP1, FP2, FP3, DE, DC, NM, NC and FPT.
    Loll


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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    Loll


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    CIE's weird. I've since looked at their past papers for revision and the computation and differential equation modules look really interesting.
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    CIE's weird. I've since looked at their past papers for revision and the computation and differential equation modules look really interesting.
    Might have a look myself then. Are the differential equtions hard? I want some hard ones other then step ones.


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