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    What topics do people struggle most in GCSE maths and where does the problem stem from?
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    I would say the biggest problem most people have is when there's a problem in an unfamiliar context. They understand how to do everything, but when they say a wordy question in a strange context they get baffed and don't know what they're meant to do. It's just needs practice and less rote learning.
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    (Original post by BobBobson)
    I would say the biggest problem most people have is when there's a problem in an unfamiliar context. They understand how to do everything, but when they say a wordy question in a strange context they get baffed and don't know what they're meant to do. It's just needs practice and less rote learning.
    I agree, although I also believe when the concept itself is particularly hard to understand and you don't take time to really think about it, you will struggle. Even if you think you can answer the questions well in a lesson, when you come back to it at a later time you have to go over the entire topic again. I feel as though if you gain a good understanding of what you're actually being asked in the first place, if you are in an exam, despite whether you can remember the specific details of what you have to do for the question, you can figure it out based on your knowledge and understanding of the ideas involved.
 
 
 
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