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    For my GCSEs, I came out with a strong A for maths and most of my teacher had confidence that I would be successful in FM.. However the first 2 topics that we've covered have been Matrices and Complex Number, both of which I have failed and my teachers think that I will go on to fail.

    Does anyone have an tips for what I could do to improve my grades or if you have any suggestions for other subjects I could take.
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    (Original post by Tweety___)
    For my GCSEs, I came out with a strong A for maths and most of my teacher had confidence that I would be successful in FM.. However the first 2 topics that we've covered have been Matrices and Complex Number, both of which I have failed and my teachers think that I will go on to fail.

    Does anyone have an tips for what I could do to improve my grades or if you have any suggestions for other subjects I could take.
    How many questions would you say you practiced on those topics? Or in terms of pages of exercise books, how many did you use? Or a slightly worse measure, how many hours did you spend on questions for it?
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    It's hard. If you're used to understanding everything without trying, further maths can be a real shock. A lot of capable students drop it because they haven't previously been required to develop the mental toolset necessary when a concept is unintuitive and hard to grasp.

    Find different perspectives on the topics you struggle with. Even if no single explanation makes a great deal of sense, cumulatively they can help you reach an understanding.

    In my opinion, the hardest conceptual leaps of Yr12 further maths are in the first few topics. If you don't wash out before Christmas you're probably got what it takes.
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    (Original post by Tweety___)
    For my GCSEs, I came out with a strong A for maths and most of my teacher had confidence that I would be successful in FM.. However the first 2 topics that we've covered have been Matrices and Complex Number, both of which I have failed and my teachers think that I will go on to fail.

    Does anyone have an tips for what I could do to improve my grades or if you have any suggestions for other subjects I could take.
    Do you know why you failed? If not it's difficult for us to advise.
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    How many questions would you say you practiced on those topics? Or in terms of pages of exercise books, how many did you use? Or a slightly worse measure, how many hours did you spend on questions for it?
    There is no official text book for the new set of a level, so that doesn't help.
    Before each topic test, I've been spending about 2 hours a day for 2 weeks prior to the test.
    The only papers that are available for use are the old A level papers, however most of them don't cover all the areas of the topics because its the old specimen, and I doing the new specimen for A-level further maths.
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    (Original post by Tweety___)
    There is no official text book for the new set of a level, so that doesn't help.
    Before each topic test, I've been spending about 2 hours a day for 2 weeks prior to the test.
    The only papers that are available for use are the old A level papers, however most of them don't cover all the areas of the topics because its the old specimen, and I doing the new specimen for A-level further maths.
    There is, which exam board are you on? Anyway, matrices and complex numbers were on the old specification (2x2s FP1, 3x3s FP3) so you should be good using old spec resources there.
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    (Original post by Tweety___)
    There is no official text book for the new set of a level, so that doesn't help.
    Before each topic test, I've been spending about 2 hours a day for 2 weeks prior to the test.
    The only papers that are available for use are the old A level papers, however most of them don't cover all the areas of the topics because its the old specimen, and I doing the new specimen for A-level further maths.
    In case I would see why it would cause difficulty but that strikes me as strange - which exam board are you doing? (See post above)
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    Do you know why you failed? If not it's difficult for us to advise.
    So far, we've done 4 practice papers for 2 topics, and apparently they are the easiest topics of the course. On all the papers, I understand the theory behind the topics and I know the different equations that I need to remember, however I don't quite understand it when it comes down to explain how to get from step 1 to step 2.

    Does that help?
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    (Original post by Kevin De Bruyne)
    In case I would see why it would cause difficulty but that strikes me as strange - which exam board are you doing? (See post above)
    Exam Board: Edexcel

    2 of the 4 papers I got a U
    On the other 2 I got an E
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    (Original post by Tweety___)
    Exam Board: Edexcel

    2 of the 4 papers I got a U
    On the other 2 I got an E
    have you seen this textbook before?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edexcel-lev...8244525&sr=8-1

    it's for the new specification
 
 
 
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