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    Hi, I was hoping for some advice from people taking maths or maths and further maths.

    My choices at the moment are Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computing for which I got A*, A* and A respectively, in the mocks.

    I was wondering what you think you should have known before taking further maths? How has the transition been from y11 maths to suddenly doing further maths. How large is the workload compared to say, just the maths a-level?

    I love maths, but I realise that maths at gcse or igcse in my case. Is not the same as maths and further maths at a-level. But I've figured it's better to take it and drop it if I can't handle it, rather than not take it and regret it.

    Any opinions or advice?
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    Well there's not really anything I wish I had known as there hasn't really been any surprises.... I love it and don't regret my decision at all. The only thing I'm unhappy about is that my college makes you do up to M3, and I hate physics! Plus all the physics students find it easy as they have covered lost of mechanics in physics. But obviously this is a non-issue, or a benefit even, for you.
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    (Original post by ♥Samantha♥)
    Well there's not really anything I wish I had known as there hasn't really been any surprises.... I love it and don't regret my decision at all. The only thing I'm unhappy about is that my college makes you do up to M3, and I hate physics! Plus all the physics students find it easy as they have covered lost of mechanics in physics. But obviously this is a non-issue, or a benefit even, for you.
    I've heard some places teach it differently.Such as it being taught as accelerated maths or being 2 separate things. Do you cover the maths a-level in the same class as your further maths one?
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    (Original post by SuchBants)
    I've heard some places teach it differently.Such as it being taught as accelerated maths or being 2 separate things. Do you cover the maths a-level in the same class as your further maths one?
    Yeah I am in a further maths class. So it's not like i have 1 class for maths and 1 differ class for further maths. But we have 2 different teachers who teach us different modules so it feels like a maths lesson and a further maths lesson just with the same people but it's not actually. But that is how it is done for all subjects at my school (I.e. For chemistry and economics I have two teachers each which teach me different units).
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    The workload depends on what modules you are thinking to study. For example there are some modules like M3 or FP3 which need time and work to do in order to succeed . Imo Further Maths worths a lot since you study a wide range of modules. In my case i did stats mechanics fp3 and decision maths. But it is up to you. If you dont enjoy maths there is no point of doing a second a level even if it is a strong a level. hope it helps
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    (Original post by SuchBants)
    Any opinions or advice?
    Certainly a step up. I went from from getting 2 A*s in my actual maths GCSE to Ds and Es in my first few months of AS maths. I had to put in a lot of work to catch up.

    You'll actually have to revise properly in year 12. Especially for computer science which I'm told becomes very difficult. The highest grade in our school for that was a B i think.

    That all being said, you should still be fine for maths. Further maths on the otherhand depends on the modules you pick. I took it for a month and noped out but I've been told S2 and D2 are disgusting. M1 and M2 just requires work. Idk about M3. Although AS further maths you'll shouldn't even be attempting M2 and M3.

    You're now doing 4 subjects but somehow the workload increases. I didn't enjoy getting maths homework every lesson. Our class for example got 22 A*s and 9 A's st GCSE for our first maths GCSE. Only 2 dropped it for year 12. Our AS results however were 6A's, 7B'S, 11C's and 4E's and a U. I'd argue that the step up isn't a levels being insanely difficult, GCSEs were just too easy and watered down.

    These are all people that were predicted A's a year ago. In year 13 everthing seems to get better though (well it has for me). Sometimes I look back at C1 papers i struggled with last year and think wtf was I doing?

    My tip: Don't just memorize methods or mark scheme styles. You actually need to know what you're doing and why you're doing it. So pay attention to your teachers if they're derieving a formula and don't assume it's all on the formula sheet. So many times I got to a C2 or M1 question slightly different from ones I've seen before and panicked because I never thought outside the box.

    Also, don't just attempt whatever set of questions you already know how to do then claim you've revised. Search online for Solomon/Gold papers when you've finished the syllabus and attempt any question that looks hard. If you can't do it then you know what your weakness is. It's better than doing 20 repetitive questions from a text book.
 
 
 
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