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    (Original post by ZiggyStarDust_)
    Pure maths...core mathematics is beautiful. Absorbing. Delicious.

    And then we have Statistics. I suppose it doesn't help i have a moody Irish teacher. But good god, does anyone truly understand anything from this content?
    Got 100 UMS on S1 and I don't think I actually understood any of it. (I would be happy to try to help though if you have any specific questions at this level)
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    (Original post by serah.exe)
    S2 was a disease
    S2 is the nicest module that has ever existed.

    S1 is soul-destroying though.
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    Pure mathematics is ugly if you hate it
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    (Original post by BasicMistake)
    S2 is the nicest module that has ever existed.

    S1 is soul-destroying though.
    Statistics in general shouldn't exist
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    Tbh, I find it quite fun as some of the questions can be like puzzles.
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    I have a stats exam coming up.

    If you think S1/S2 is hard, just wait till you get to uni
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    I did my S1 mock few weeks back and haven't touched it since. The exam is on 20th and i feel that i've forgotten everything
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    (Original post by S2M)
    Ohh. Are you just doing it for fun?
    Yea. I had been very good at maths when I was younger but stopped doing it when I was in year7 for the most part. I decided on a whim to teach myself the GCSE. I took it cold and managed a strong B, spent a couple of hours teaching myself trig and a couple of the other things I didn't know and then managed a couple of marks off an A* due to some silly mistakes (I finished the exams in half the time) so I then took a third set of exams and managed the A*. Took me a day or so.

    Then I moved on to the A level with every intention of learning all 18 Edexcel modules, but I got a new job and just lost interest so all of my notes and books and such are just sat in a drawer.

    It was a personal challenge. I do hope to get back to it at some point, but I'm incredibly lazy unfortunately.

    (Original post by ZiggyStarDust_)
    interesting. what was your learning/revision techniques?
    I don't really have any. I had the Edexcel module book and watched videos on anything that wasn't clear and then just took the exam (self administered and harshly marked). Like I said, none of it stuck. If I took the exam again right now I'd probably get a D. Sorry I have nothing useful to offer!
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    (Original post by ByronicHero)
    Yea. I had been very good at maths when I was younger but stopped doing it when I was in year7 for the most part. I decided on a whim to teach myself the GCSE. I took it cold and managed a strong B, spent a couple of hours teaching myself trig and a couple of the other things I didn't know and then managed a couple of marks off an A* due to some silly mistakes (I finished the exams in half the time) so I then took a third set of exams and managed the A*. Took me a day or so.

    Then I moved on to the A level with every intention of learning all 18 Edexcel modules, but I got a new job and just lost interest so all of my notes and books and such are just sat in a drawer.

    It was a personal challenge. I do hope to get back to it at some point, but I'm incredibly lazy unfortunately.



    I don't really have any. I had the Edexcel module book and watched videos on anything that wasn't clear and then just took the exam (self administered and harshly marked). Like I said, none of it stuck. If I took the exam again right now I'd probably get a D. Sorry I have nothing useful to offer!
    Sounds good! Whu don't you actually take the GCSE since you know you can get an A*.
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    (Original post by S2M)
    Sounds good! Whu don't you actually take the GCSE since you know you can get an A*.
    Because it would be a waste of time and money. A GCSE A* is completely worthless to me as, at my stage of life, nobody could care less about my GCSE results if they tried. An A* in the A level would help a little in as much as it would be concrete evidence that I am numerate, but beyond that if I was going to pay to take any exams it would be whichever ones would present some sort of challenge because I'd be doing it for personal development. The GCSE is completely trivial.

    Truthfully, I am never likely to stick with something like this for long enough. I often decide I am going to learn something, spend a couple of days making decent progress and then have one too many ales and decide I'd rather watch Gilmore Girls :facepalm2: It has been the story of my life, unfortunately.

    Really, I should be learning Mandarin or Python or something :lol:
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    (Original post by ByronicHero)
    Because it would be a waste of time and money. A GCSE A* is completely worthless to me as, at my stage of life, nobody could care less about my GCSE results if they tried. An A* in the A level would help a little in as much as it would be concrete evidence that I am numerate, but beyond that if I was going to pay to take any exams it would be whichever ones would present some sort of challenge because I'd be doing it for personal development. The GCSE is completely trivial.

    Truthfully, I am never likely to stick with something like this for long enough. I often decide I am going to learn something, spend a couple of days making decent progress and then have one too many ales and decide I'd rather watch Gilmore Girls :facepalm2: It has been the story of my life, unfortunately.

    Really, I should be learning Mandarin or Python or something :lol:
    Ah, you could do a lot if you stick with it. I guess an A* in GCSE Maths for you would be useless and its not valued much anymore. Since you hadn't revised or done any maths for sometime, how did you revise for GCSE Maths?
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    Ah, you could do a lot if you stick with it. I guess an A* in GCSE Maths for you would be useless and its not valued much anymore. Since you hadn't revised or done any maths for sometime, how did you revise for GCSE Maths?
    As I said, I printed the two exams and just took them on a whim because I was bored. This showed me what I never learned, or what I had forgotten. Mostly this was trig and geometry I think. I found some good videos which taught me the methods, so after a couple of practice questions I took another set of exams, an hour or two after the first, and missed the A* by 1 or 2 marks. I took a third set of exams right after marking the second, got the A* and called it a day. I then moved on to the A level.

    I suppose my method was to take exams and plug the holes. There really isn't much that you need to learn, much of it is very basic problem solving really.
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    It's definitely not my favourite but our teacher told us that the papers and skills involved are quite repetitive so we just have to keep at it. Also I found the website physics and maths tutor quite helpful in getting relevant questions if that helps
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    I think mechanics is actually easier than stats. Although to be fair, both aren't that difficult. I did S1 and S2 and got a high A and a C respectively so I can't talk much, got a B in M1 last year but I find M2 is easier. The theory is actually the easy bit to understand, it's just sometimes they give difficult exam questions
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    (Original post by ByronicHero)
    As I said, I printed the two exams and just took them on a whim because I was bored. This showed me what I never learned, or what I had forgotten. Mostly this was trig and geometry I think. I found some good videos which taught me the methods, so after a couple of practice questions I took another set of exams, an hour or two after the first, and missed the A* by 1 or 2 marks. I took a third set of exams right after marking the second, got the A* and called it a day. I then moved on to the A level.

    I suppose my method was to take exams and plug the holes. There really isn't much that you need to learn, much of it is very basic problem solving really.
    Yeah that's true, or it's just as you said that your good at Maths.
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    Statistics is basically maths for people who can't do maths. You can do all of A-level statistics on a calculator, for goodness sake.
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    Vic Reeves once said 88.2% of statistics were made up on the spot!
 
 
 

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