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    Hey, I am considering self-studying either Further Maths or Physics A level as I find I have quite a bit of spare time in my gap year. I was wondering anyone could advise any useful resources for this and what the best exam boards are for either subject?
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    (Original post by Percypig17)
    Hey, I am considering self-studying either Further Maths or Physics A level as I find I have quite a bit of spare time in my gap year. I was wondering anyone could advise any useful resources for this and what the best exam boards are for either subject?
    Edexcel - textbooks are sufficient, self explanatory and loads of videos / support available online. This is for maths, not sure about physics, sorry!

    If you want to sit he exams and have no preference for applied units then stats is easy to self teach - I self taught FM including S2-S4.
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    Hey, I am considering self-studying either Further Maths or Physics A level as I find I have quite a bit of spare time in my gap year. I was wondering anyone could advise any useful resources for this and what the best exam boards are for either subject?
    It's well nigh impossible to complete Physics including the practicals as a private candidate.

    If you want to take Further Maths then stick to the board you took Maths with as this will provide more flexibility.
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    Self teaching / learning Further Maths for fun and seeking knowledge - certainly possible.

    Self teaching / learning Further Maths for seeking knowledge and examination purposes - questionable.

    Self teaching / learning Further Maths for seeking knowledge, examination purposes and as preparation for mathematical thinking further afield - must be very careful doing this.

    Same for physics.

    Reasons are simple. A good teacher / tutor will actually connect the A level concepts with the sub (advanced) concepts afield in mathematcs, which you will certainly miss if self taught apprach is adopted. Further, a good teacher / tutor will teach you how to construct mind experiments/thoughts for analysing concepts that you are finding difficult and provoke your thought process, and you will miss this badly when self taught. There is aslo examination aspect when it comes to self taught approach, and a good teacher / tutor will guide you towards multiple methods / ways for same problems, perhaps combination like quickest and trickiest or longest and easier to understand or methods in between.

    This is also why self teaching may well be a good idea in undergraduate / graduate phase of studies in mathematics.

    I found a very good description of undergraduate / graduate phase of studies in mathematics.

    Go to
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8697772

    Have a little scroll down and you will see relatively large piece of text starting with

    I absolutely, positively second the recommendation of "Real Mathematical Analysis".

    Then you can make your mind up.

    Finally, examination board is irrelevant, when it comes to Maths, Further Maths and Physics, once you have completed you should be confident that you would be able to tackle any board / any question, bar statistics and decision maths.

    Practice for particular (or for that matter any examination board) examination board is different ball game altogether, where you are trying to incease the chances for getting familiar questions. Further, examinations is more about using the most familiar concepts in shortest possible time. Therefore, some who ace examinations may not be confident (indeed if they know it) with all concepts / methods etc.

    Hope this helps.
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    (Original post by Percypig17)
    Hey, I am considering self-studying either Further Maths or Physics A level as I find I have quite a bit of spare time in my gap year. I was wondering anyone could advise any useful resources for this and what the best exam boards are for either subject?
    Hi i'm also considering taking these subjects. When you say you're "self-studying" do you mean via a distance learning course?
 
 
 
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