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    I'm doing d1 alongside fp1 and nm for mei AS further maths (self taught) and Im struggling to get good grades in the d1 past papers. I know the methods in the book but i despise the exam, so I was wondering if any of you have some tips.

    Ive done 3 past papers so far and in the first 2 I got low Bs because of very low grade boundaries and luck, and in the latest one I got a D. The timing is a struggle, but often there is many parts of questions I can't do to them being weird and me not knowing how to deal with them.

    If I don't do well on d1 then it will drag down my overall grade, I wish I chose a different module but its too late now.
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    (Original post by Cannoning)
    I'm doing d1 alongside fp1 and nm for mei AS further maths (self taught) and Im struggling to get good grades in the d1 past papers. I know the methods in the book but i despise the exam, so I was wondering if any of you have some tips.

    Ive done 3 past papers so far and in the first 2 I got low Bs because of very low grade boundaries and luck, and in the latest one I got a D. The timing is a struggle, but often there is many parts of questions I can't do to them being weird and me not knowing how to deal with them.

    If I don't do well on d1 then it will drag down my overall grade, I wish I chose a different module but its too late now.
    In terms of timing, it's practice! You need to keep doing papers and slowly you will improve your timing! I promise it helps! By the end of revision I think my average D1 paper was about 45-60 minutes so
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    In terms of timing, it's practice! You need to keep doing papers and slowly you will improve your timing! I promise it helps! By the end of revision I think my average D1 paper was about 45-60 minutes so
    Thanks, I am doing past papers. Its mostly that there is a lot of pretty weird questions that the mark scheme doesn't explain the answer well, for example estimating probabilities based off of simulations.
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    Lots and lots of practice. Complete loads of text book questions and it should come naturally - D1 questions don't differ all that much. Carry on doing papers and don't be demoralised; and check and recheck your answers as you're going.
    It may also help to check each question as you finish them so you can make corrections and spot / repair frequent errors.

    Maybe you're also marking harshly. There are loads of method marks you can get for doing the right thing with the wrong numbers.
 
 
 
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