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    so I'm gonna do A-Level maths but I'm really bad at doing maths in my head. Like I genuinely can't do calculations in my head, I have a pretty bad short term memory so I just forget what I'm working out all together. (I'm talking simple stuff like 23 x 12 or something, or 2495 + 9854, or 552 - 385, or 500 / 15)

    Saying this though, on paper I'm perfectly fine. In the last mock I got an A* (GCSE ofc), and I've never got below an A in previous exams. In the Further Maths mock I got an A. I'm perfectly fine with Maths on paper, I'm just bad with Maths in my head and I've tried hard to fix it but I have more of an 'English' brain than a 'Maths' one. I still love Maths, but I can't do it mentally. Time isn't really an issue in exams, because there's paper available to perform calculations.

    I'm just wondering if this will affect me at A-Level? Will my inability to manipulate numbers in my head affect me in the long term? I know A-Level is a class above GCSE and at this level perhaps I've been getting away with it.

    o and any tips on improving my **** mental arithmetic?
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    Faster mental maths would always be a benefit in doing maths especially when to do algebraic manipulation faster etc.
    As to improving it, i have no idea how as im quite good at mental maths but the way i do it is to imagine the numbers in my mind as if on a piece of paper and calculate it(if that makes any sense) and i also say out the numbers that im counting so that i will remember them easily in the short term.
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    Tbh, you're still probably better off than most of the people in my year doing maths.

    I think you should be fine. Core 1, is practically Further Maths at GCSE, and tho I've no idea about Core 3 and 4, I still think you can do it at A Level. What really matter is how much you enjoy it, as you'll be more likely to work on it.

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    You should try to improve your mental maths for the first Maths AS-level unit (C1) since it is non-calculator, I do maths and further maths at A2 and honestly I use a calculator for pretty much anything I can, it's easier and more accurate so don't worry about it too much
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    (Original post by zanner)
    so I'm gonna do A-Level maths but I'm really bad at doing maths in my head. Like I genuinely can't do calculations in my head, I have a pretty bad short term memory so I just forget what I'm working out all together. (I'm talking simple stuff like 23 x 12 or something, or 2495 + 9854, or 552 - 385, or 500 / 15)

    Saying this though, on paper I'm perfectly fine. In the last mock I got an A* (GCSE ofc), and I've never got below an A in previous exams. In the Further Maths mock I got an A. I'm perfectly fine with Maths on paper, I'm just bad with Maths in my head and I've tried hard to fix it but I have more of an 'English' brain than a 'Maths' one. I still love Maths, but I can't do it mentally. Time isn't really an issue in exams, because there's paper available to perform calculations.

    I'm just wondering if this will affect me at A-Level? Will my inability to manipulate numbers in my head affect me in the long term? I know A-Level is a class above GCSE and at this level perhaps I've been getting away with it.

    o and any tips on improving my **** mental arithmetic?
    Apart from C1, you can use a calculator for the rest. My mental maths is quite good but I would still use the calculator for basic calculations in the exam.

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    You will be fine! You get to use calculators .


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    (Original post by zanner)
    I'm just wondering if this will affect me at A-Level? Will my inability to manipulate numbers in my head affect me in the long term?
    Not much at all in A-levels, but probably very very slightly in things like STEP.

    C1 is non-calculator though (at least for Edexcel), so you may want to cut down on calculator use to practice for it. Just write down your working on paper, you will have plenty of time in the exam.

    o and any tips on improving my **** mental arithmetic?
    Dunno... I used to be really bad at mental arithmetic, then I just gradually got a lot better, probably from doing so much maths. Also, I'm too lazy to use a calculator
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    I only had a B in GCSE maths, but still managed a B in A levels maths so I'm sure you'd be fine. (And this was after not trying in AS and having to work my ass off in A2). I was never great with mental maths either, you get better with it over time.
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    It's not really important. You'll probably want to do some practice for C1, but past that it doesn't matter unless you want to do STEP.
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    For the examples that you gave, I can't do those calculations in my head - except maybe 23*12 by doing 23*10 + 46. You can just work them out on paper so even the non-calculator exam should be fine.
 
 
 
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