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    Yeah I agree, maths is the easiest of all my subject, especially all the pure modules
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    (Original post by Student403)
    I thought this was practiced a lot in the textbook?


    4/4, is it?
    Yes it is in the textbook but the majority of the ones in the exams tended to be easily factorisable. It was also relatively weirdly worded iirc, a lot of people I know lost at least one mark as didn't put it into the form the mark scheme wanted
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    To be fair, maths at A-Level is one of the most universal subjects and has to cater for people from all backgrounds, be it somebody wanting to do law to people wanting to study maths, as such - it has to cater for this broad base that other subjects don't have to deal with, or at least not to as great an extent.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    To be fair, maths at A-Level is one of the most universal subjects and has to cater for people from all backgrounds, be it somebody wanting to do law to people wanting to study maths, as such - it has to cater for this broad base that other subjects don't have to deal with, or at least not to as great an extent.
    Well said.

    A shame so many people have this stupid mindset of "How the hell is differentiating gonna help me in life?".. It's as much about the way of thinking as it is the actual content
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    (Original post by Student403)
    Well said.

    A shame so many people have this stupid mindset of "How the hell is differentiating gonna help me in life?".. It's as much about the way of thinking as it is the actual content
    IKR, it kept cropping up on that other thread about that article that Jenkins wrote. It's not so much the content but the problem solving mindset (admittedly our A-Level could do with some proper problem solving instead of what we currently have in place) that we need to develop.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    IKR, it kept cropping up on that other thread about that article that Jenkins wrote. It's not so much the content but the problem solving mindset (admittedly our A-Level could do with some proper problem solving instead of what we currently have in place) that we need to develop.
    Right!

    And when people complain about UKMT.. That's even more on the right track of the thinking style that comes out of maths. Smh
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    I was really worried about doing maths because I expected it to be an absolute nightmare. However, I find it much easier than chemistry and physics. With maths, once you understand how to answer the questions, all you have to do is keep practicing. Whereas with the sciences, you are constantly learning new concepts and mechanisms and definitions etc. In summary, I discovered that I am better at the mathematical part of science.
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    (Original post by Student403)
    You sure?

    These were the last 2 questions

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    I'm on a different exam board I think.
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    (Original post by Vikingninja)
    I'm on a different exam board I think.
    Ah ok

    Edexcel got a lot of complaints last year
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    (Original post by Student403)
    Ah ok

    Edexcel got a lot of complaints last year
    I had OCR. Got its own Hitler rant video, mentioned thestudentroom a few times.
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    (Original post by Vikingninja)
    I had OCR. Got its own Hitler rant video, mentioned thestudentroom a few times.
    Hitler rant videos mean nothing.

    The kids these days make them about every paper even if it was easy
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    seems this thread has 4 pages woop, first thread i made which has done this xD
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    (Original post by Student403)
    Agreed although you do get some great ones like NUS, Ecole Polytechnique, ETH Zurich etc
    NUS is extremely competitive! I know people who've gone there and they really struggled to keep up with the Asians. Germany has some great polytechnics, but I feel like the biggest disadvantage these schools have is that they don't have the "college" atmosphere, you feel?
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    (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
    NUS is extremely competitive! I know people who've gone there and they really struggled to keep up with the Asians. Germany has some great polytechnics, but I feel like the biggest disadvantage these schools have is that they don't have the "college" atmosphere, you feel?
    Yeah I get you I'm kind of put off of a German gap year even though I take it at A level for that reason.

    NUS is insane
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    (Original post by XxKingSniprxX)
    We'll considering they have longer school hours I.e at school 7am-8am compulsory exercise then lessons are 8am-5pm Mon-Friday + "optional" Sunday school + Revision classes held on Saturday = Grinding 24/7.

    They're most likely in bed by 11pm latest and have to be up by roughly by 6am.
    Though, the education system there isn't suited/caters for all types of people as it does in UK. If you fail in China its :shot: If you fail in UK, you try again etc ...



    Yeah, UK/US universities>all. :laugh:
    They're way too strict :lol:

    But given the leniency of our system, I don't see why we can't gradually make A-level Maths more challenging
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    (Original post by jessyjellytot14)
    I was really worried about doing maths because I expected it to be an absolute nightmare. However, I find it much easier than chemistry and physics. With maths, once you understand how to answer the questions, all you have to do is keep practicing. Whereas with the sciences, you are constantly learning new concepts and mechanisms and definitions etc. In summary, I discovered that I am better at the mathematical part of science.
    "With maths, once you understand how to answer the questions, all you have to do is keep practicing. Whereas with the sciences, you are constantly learning new concepts and mechanisms and definitions etc"
    NO! NO! NO!
    With A-Level maths, sure, a terrible mathematician can score well with adequate practice. But the prescriptive, mechanical and formulatic nature of A-Level maths is not an accurate repersentation of maths as a whole. "Whereas with the sciences, you are constantly learning new concepts". This also applys to A-Level maths, you are always learning new and exciting concepts that were somebodys bright idea, their eureka moment per se. Unfortunately you will not be taught the history, nor the backbone of the method; you will only be taught to use it in generic 'questions'. I hesitate to use the word 'question', a question should stimulate the mind and require you to think for yourself. I agree however that AS Maths is easy, because the questions are in such a manner that you can do exactly what you said in the former ("once you understand how to answer the questions, all you have to do is keep practicing").
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    (Original post by SCalver)
    I hesitate to use the word 'question', a question should stimulate the mind and require you to think for yourself.
    I don't agree with this. There is a reason why we make a distinction between a 'question' and a 'problem'. A question can be as inane as you like and Maths A-Levels papers are made up of questions. I can ask you a question "What is your name?". A problem is something that stimulates the mind and requires you to think for yourself.
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    (Original post by SCalver)
    "With maths, once you understand how to answer the questions, all you have to do is keep practicing. Whereas with the sciences, you are constantly learning new concepts and mechanisms and definitions etc"
    NO! NO! NO!
    With A-Level maths, sure, a terrible mathematician can score well with adequate practice. But the prescriptive, mechanical and formulatic nature of A-Level maths is not an accurate repersentation of maths as a whole. "Whereas with the sciences, you are constantly learning new concepts". This also applys to A-Level maths, you are always learning new and exciting concepts that were somebodys bright idea, their eureka moment per se. Unfortunately you will not be taught the history, nor the backbone of the method; you will only be taught to use it in generic 'questions'. I hesitate to use the word 'question', a question should stimulate the mind and require you to think for yourself. I agree however that AS Maths is easy, because the questions are in such a manner that you can do exactly what you said in the former ("once you understand how to answer the questions, all you have to do is keep practicing".
    Hmmm good point, but what I meant was that in maths (A-level), you are just taught the methods and perhaps the basic history of the concept, and after that, all you have to do is solve 'questions' based around this. But with the sciences,you have to know the 'What, why, when, how" for each concept (therefore more memorisation, more time-consuming and harder to get a good grade). For AS maths, nearly each question contains the words "solve", "find" or "show" which requires less understanding of the actual concepts, so is easier.
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    (Original post by Indeterminate)
    But given the leniency of our system, I don't see why we can't gradually make A-level Maths more challenging
    That's why we have Further Maths! And if Further Maths is too easy, there's always STEP
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    (Original post by jessyjellytot14)
    Hmmm good point, but what I meant was that in maths (A-level), you are just taught the methods and perhaps the basic history of the concept, and after that, all you have to do is solve 'questions' based around this. But with the sciences,you have to know the 'What, why, when, how" for each concept (therefore more memorisation, more time-consuming and harder to get a good grade). For AS maths, nearly each question contains the words "solve", "find" or "show" which requires less understanding of the actual concepts, so is easier.
    I ended up with almost full UMS across my Physics AS level and I can guarantee you that I put in almost zero work, zero time and zero memorisation and knew nothing about actual physics.
 
 
 
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