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# I'm really struggling with C1 maths as my mental maths isn't that good. HELP Watch

1. What shall I do if my mental maths is kind of lacking?
2. (Original post by Philip-flop)
What shall I do if my mental maths is kind of lacking?
Just write out calculstions?

I often just write multiplication instead of doing it in my head
3. Honestly mental maths isn't that big of a deal in c1, just write out your calculations and do rough work, and if worst comes to worse you will get method marks!
4. (Original post by Philip-flop)
What shall I do if my mental maths is kind of lacking?
I do not think non calculator means doing thing mentally
write things down
5. (Original post by Philip-flop)
What shall I do if my mental maths is kind of lacking?
Simplify things down as much as possible so you don't really have to think

It helped me.. I went from 66(c) to 100(a*) in C1.
If it means an extra line of working out to make things more easier to read
than so be it. Small steps leads to great work.
6. Thank you so much everyone!! I'm starting to get my confidence back!! And it's good to know that there is still the possibility of being awarded 'method marks' too!
7. (Original post by Philip-flop)
Thank you so much everyone!! I'm starting to get my confidence back!! And it's good to know that there is still the possibility of being awarded 'method marks' too!
You'll be fine! Instead of trying to work out everything in your head, just write it all out and work systematically to ensure you don't make any mistakes.

Besides, writing down all of your method means that may get points awarded for correct methodology out even if your answer is incorrect
8. Can I ask what you people do when you are given numbers to powers? Because I find it quite monotonous when having to times a number over and over again e.g. 8^3 (8x8x8). Or should I just learn my cubic powers?
9. (Original post by RosaA)
You'll be fine! Instead of trying to work out everything in your head, just write it all out and work systematically to ensure you don't make any mistakes.

Besides, writing down all of your method means that may get points awarded for correct methodology out even if your answer is incorrect
Thank you!! I think I'm just panicking a bit too much!! I've been doing past papers but and been making silly slip ups so haven't been getting the exact answers
10. (Original post by Philip-flop)
Can I ask what you people do when you are given numbers to powers? Because I find it quite monotonous when having to times a number over and over again e.g. 8^3 (8x8x8). Or should I just learn my cubic powers?
There is no need to learn cubic powers. Knowing the squares (through practice rather than memorising a table) might be handy, so that you can immediately see that that is 64 * 8.

Then you've got:
...64
...x 8
= 032
+ 480
= 512.
11. (Original post by Philip-flop)
Can I ask what you people do when you are given numbers to powers? Because I find it quite monotonous when having to times a number over and over again e.g. 8^3 (8x8x8). Or should I just learn my cubic powers?
It is quite boring writing out multiplication, but it's honestly worth it in case you remember it incorrectly, plus easy to check over.

I think the hardest thing about C1 is making silly mistakes, it's amazing how much you can lose from doing simple addition wrong, which is why I'd advise writing every step of working out even though it gets tedious. Not sure what exam board, you are, but OCR give a lot of time which helps you do things like that.
12. (Original post by Philip-flop)
What shall I do if my mental maths is kind of lacking?
Your mental maths isn't a big deal, it would just speed up a few calculations but you're more likely to make mistakes doing it mentally
13. (Original post by alevelpain)
It is quite boring writing out multiplication, but it's honestly worth it in case you remember it incorrectly, plus easy to check over.

I think the hardest thing about C1 is making silly mistakes, it's amazing how much you can lose from doing simple addition wrong, which is why I'd advise writing every step of working out even though it gets tedious. Not sure what exam board, you are, but OCR give a lot of time which helps you do things like that.
I'm doing Edexcel which is an hour and a half for C1 but I'm struggling to do practice papers in under that time
14. (Original post by Philip-flop)
Thank you!! I think I'm just panicking a bit too much!! I've been doing past papers but and been making silly slip ups so haven't been getting the exact answers
Remain positive.
Look at all your mistakes and see which topics they are in. Once you have identified the areas that you need to improve in, do tonnes of practice questions and watch online tutorials to help you! This way you'll gain confidence in what you are learning and hopefully not do as many silly mistakes.
Eventually, some hard work and practice will improve your accuracy and you will be able to confidently do the past papers

Try not to stress and create an action plan as to where you can improve! Good luck and tag me if you ever need any help!
15. (Original post by RosaA)
Remain positive.
Look at all your mistakes and see which topics they are in. Once you have identified the areas that you need to improve in, do tonnes of practice questions and watch online tutorials to help you! This way you'll gain confidence in what you are learning and hopefully not do as many silly mistakes.
Eventually, some hard work and practice will improve your accuracy and you will be able to confidently do the past papers

Try not to stress and create an action plan as to where you can improve! Good luck and tag me if you ever need any help!
Thaaaaaank you
16. (Original post by Philip-flop)
Thaaaaaank you
No worries haha
17. (Original post by Philip-flop)
I'm doing Edexcel which is an hour and a half for C1 but I'm struggling to do practice papers in under that time
at this stage getting the answers and knowing the methods is much more important than speed, keep practicing and speed will come with time

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