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    Is it normal to forget almost all of A level maths and degree level? I finished a physics degree last year and I have honestly forgotten 95% of what I learnt. It feels like such a waste and I wonder if there's something wrong with me. I can remember the basics of calculus and differential equations as that's what was used in my degree - but only the basic types like separation of variables. I would honestly have no idea how to integrate a bernoulli equation. I have completely forgotten S1.
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    Is it normal to forget almost all of A level maths and degree level? I finished a physics degree last year and I have honestly forgotten 95% of what I learnt. It feels like such a waste and I wonder if there's something wrong with me. I can remember the basics of calculus and differential equations as that's what was used in my degree - but only the basic types like separation of variables. I would honestly have no idea how to integrate a bernoulli equation. I have completely forgotten S1.
    It's around 30 years since I graduated and my personal experience is that I remember what I did in first year uni pretty well, and 2nd year somewhat. There's not much I remember well from 3rd/4th year. The difference is that I used the stuff I learnt in 1st / 2nd year quite a lot after I studied them (in order to do 3rd/4th year courses), and that extra practice once you understand the topics and are seeing how they apply to more difficult scenarios makes a difference to long term retention.

    Also, I've answered questions like this before on TSR, and since I've been on here 10 years, I'd say I have noticed a bit of deterioration in what I remember - I remembered the 2nd year courses reasonably well 10 years ago, it's definitely hazier now.

    FWIW, outside of this forum, I don't do any significant mathematics anymore, and haven't done so for many years.
 
 
 
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