I'm taking 4 AS subjects, including maths (the other three being psychology, biology and spanish) and despite trying to drop maths multiple times, I simply haven't been allowed to.
Throughout my whole AS math experience I've been getting U's and E's on my maths tests (for a comparison I'm currently sitting on a grade A for psychology, A for biology and a B for spanish)
I took maths gcse in year 10 and passed with an A grade, but I feel trapped at A-Level.
Not only do I not have a passion for maths, but finding the time to dedicate to maths is so difficult with 3 other AS's to focus on. On top of that, I become demotivated so easily - I simply feel like I don't have the 'maths brain' to recognize patterns and logical steps.
Since I'm being forced to take the exam, it would be nice to at least grab a D or C in the final AS. I know pretty much none of the content, and the exam is creeping up on me, and I've realized that I really need to start getting my act together independently, since I don't have the money for a tutor.
Has anyone else who took maths or is currently taking maths gone through this situation? If you have, did you manage to get out of it? and how? I feel like it would be really helpful for me to hear other people's stories and if they managed to turn it around. Perhaps it would motivate me more to just push through the tears and stress and start practicing consistently.
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- Thread Starter
- 26-01-2017 17:42
- 26-01-2017 17:49
I'm resitting AS Maths so I get you completely, 16/18 of us failed with U's last year:') It sucks that you're not allowed to drop it but my advice would be to use Physics and Maths Tutor online. They're great and do papers by topic and show you step by step how to answer the questions which I find really helpful
Hope this helps!
- 26-01-2017 17:50
Ok: When you get a bad test score don't take it to heart. This demotivates you and you find yourself hating the subject. What it looks like you're doing is not using revision time wisely, which is why you feel that you are putting so much effort and getting so little back. What I suggest you do is go all the back to GCSE papers, and do a quickie. As in answer all that you can and any that you find difficult refresh your memory. The jump from GCSE to AS is literally a summer. After you have done that look at the particular subjects and try to find videos for them. I recommend crash courses or etc.
Everyone has a maths brain really. Since you are in AS look at this
"what number is equal to 27 x 107"
If you have a logical brain the first thing you would do is try to find the answer right?
Then you would square root both 27 and 107 and get their surd forms etc
The next step is to put the surds into numbers and multiply them giving you an answer (from the top of my head)
Also, on tutoring. Highly recommend it. Keeps you focused. Try asking the school for a bursary.
- Thread Starter
(Original post by MollieDalton_xx)
- 26-01-2017 19:21
I'm resitting AS Maths so I get you completely, 16/18 of us failed with U's last year:' It sucks that you're not allowed to drop it but my advice would be to use Physics and Maths Tutor online. They're great and do papers by topic and show you step by step how to answer the questions which I find really helpful
Hope this helps!
- 26-01-2017 19:53
I used to struggle with maths- I still do somewhat. I currently am doing A level maths, and what I do to get good at papers is do past papers, as you end up knowing how to answer the questions they ask (generally). For maths the only real way to get good is to practice.
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- 26-01-2017 19:56
might be of use. I use it if im particularly stuck in mechanics from time to time.