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1. Just wondering what is the largest jump in terms of difficulty between the A Level (Old syllabus) modules?

Lots of ppl have said P2-3 is a massive jump, whereas ive been told P1-2 is.

The M3 textbook looks about double the size of the M2 textbook! Also apparently M2 is nearly identicle to M1!

Any comments of P4,5,6- the further maths units?
2. I would say M3-4 is quite a big jump!

I can't comment on pure, as we didn't do those in order
3. M2-M3 is a revolting jump...

P1 to P2 can be pretty nasty on Edexcel, but that's mainly due to trigonometry and the thorough randomness of logarithms...
4. (Original post by faa)
Just wondering what is the largest jump in terms of difficulty between the A Level (Old syllabus) modules?

Lots of ppl have said P2-3 is a massive jump, whereas ive been told P1-2 is.

The M3 textbook looks about double the size of the M2 textbook! Also apparently M2 is nearly identicle to M1!

Any comments of P4,5,6- the further maths units?
Depends hugely on your exam board.
For OCR MEI the gap between P4 and P5 is huge, as is the gap between P5 and P6. (But P4 is not too hard...)
5. (Original post by faa)
Just wondering what is the largest jump in terms of difficulty between the A Level (Old syllabus) modules?

Lots of ppl have said P2-3 is a massive jump, whereas ive been told P1-2 is.

The M3 textbook looks about double the size of the M2 textbook! Also apparently M2 is nearly identicle to M1!

Any comments of P4,5,6- the further maths units?
Edexcel P4, P5 and P6 were killers.
6. M2 -> M3
M5 -> M6
P5 -> P6
M4 -> M5
P4 -> P5
P2 -> P3

In that order, IMO. (Edexcel)
7. I'd proabably agree with the above poster, thought i haven't done all of those modules yet.
P2 isn't difficult at all, so P3 is a jump i suppose. Integration is a pain at first but it gets easier the more you practice. Some of the more obscure vector questions are occasionally troublesome as you need to be able to imagine the situation in your head sometimes.
However, it's nothing you can't manage with the heinemann books and a stack of past exam papers. I taught myself P2/M2/P3 out of the books over the summer and people on here were kind enough to help when i was having trouble.
Just keep up with the work, as it's a lot to learn if you fall behind.
It's also better to work through the book at home in addition to lessons at school, reading through the book and then doing every question can be more reliable than obscure lessons, when you're relying on a good teacher.
If I hadn't taught myself stats and mechanics i would have failed!
8. (Original post by Gaz031)
I'd proabably agree with the above poster, thought i haven't done all of those modules yet.
P2 isn't difficult at all, so P3 is a jump i suppose. Integration is a pain at first but it gets easier the more you practice. Some of the more obscure vector questions are occasionally troublesome as you need to be able to imagine the situation in your head sometimes.
However, it's nothing you can't manage with the heinemann books and a stack of past exam papers. I taught myself P2/M2/P3 out of the books over the summer and people on here were kind enough to help when i was having trouble.
Just keep up with the work, as it's a lot to learn if you fall behind.
It's also better to work through the book at home in addition to lessons at school, reading through the book and then doing every question can be more reliable than obscure lessons, when you're relying on a good teacher.
If I hadn't taught myself stats and mechanics i would have failed!
well i boughty myself all the textbooks and revisions guides for edexcel heinemann, and i have 20hrs of lessons of maths plus probably atleast 2 hrs per night
9. Same here, if you do all the questions in the heinemann textbooks and revision books, before doing as many past papers as possible the exams shouldn't be too difficult.
I've been doing P2/P3/M2 past papers and it's amazing how they walk you through the question.
If you know the stuff the exam papers aren't going to be difficult.
10. well- i myself have printed off nearly every paper for every module 2000+, but i know our teachers are going to be giving us 2x tests per week including 80's papers
11. It's also useful to get some a non syllabus specfic book (especially if wanting to go on to university mathematics), in order to try to sample different types of questions.
I don't know whether you've noticed but exam questions in the same module are nearly always of the same type of questions.
12. well i will agree i do look at other books- but at school we dont even use the textbooks so the questions we are set will be of a mixed nature. yeh so i have 20 hrs of lessons, plus from 3pm till 6pm me and my friend stay afta school just doing sum maths, but we will also have lessons and tests during this time..... but overall will probably be doing over 30hrs of maths a week....

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