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1. I've tried to narrow down on errors but it only goes down slightly, but then can come back here and then and drags the grade USM up and down on 70-100 USM range. When I look at mark scheme, only problem is errors such as +/- errors, precise errors, number errors etc...

How did you/do you elimate the errors?
2. (Original post by ckfeister)
I've tried to narrow down on errors but it only goes down slightly, but then can come back here and then and drags the grade USM up and down on 70-100 USM range. When I look at mark scheme, only problem is errors such as +/- errors, precise errors, number errors etc...

How did you/do you elimate the errors?
For most people, the more maths practice they do the fewer errors they make. This includes doing loads of textbook questions and all the past papers. Do you feel you're doing enough questions?

Also the more past paper practice you do the more confident you'll be with the types of questions asked. So that will give you more time to be really careful when doing the algebra. If you have to think hard about how to do all the questions then this will lead to you rushing when doing the algebra. There are other techniques like checking work and use of a calculator but these are only useful if you have enough time in the exam.

How to avoid errors can also depend heavily on the type of question. Maybe try posting an example question(s) with your working where you made errors and we can let you know if there are good ways to avoid those errors?
3. (Original post by Notnek)
For most people, the more maths practice they do the fewer errors they make. This includes doing loads of textbook questions and all the past papers. Do you feel you're doing enough questions?

Also the more past paper practice you do the more confident you'll be with the types of questions asked. So that will give you more time to be really careful when doing the algebra. If you have to think hard about how to do all the questions then this will lead to you rushing when doing the algebra. There are other techniques like checking work and use of a calculator but these are only useful if you have enough time in the exam.

How to avoid errors can also depend heavily on the type of question. Maybe try posting an example question(s) with your working where you made errors and we can let you know if there are good ways to avoid those errors?
I don't have textbooks and never done a ton of questions I just used cloudlearn before they refunded due to bad content and just been doing 1 past paper per unit (C1-4/FP1-2) a week since.

I know how to answer each question and the question theories I get correct, its the errors that keep repeating over and over just curious how others become resistant to the annoying errors.
4. (Original post by ckfeister)
I know how to answer each question and the question theories I get correct, its the errors that keep repeating over and over just curious how others become resistant to the annoying errors.
Practice. It may seem like some students are more prone to mistakes than others but you'll find that the students that make the least mistakes have done the most practice.

As I said above, it might be a good idea to post an example question where you made a common mistake and we can advise how to stop that type of mistake.
5. (Original post by Notnek)
Practice. It may seem like some students are more prone to mistakes than others but you'll find that the students that make the least mistakes have done the most practice.

As I said above, it might be a good idea to post an example question where you made a common mistake and we can advise how to stop that type of mistake.
They too stupid of errors to show, it isn't anything big its me seeing above written as " x^-1 + 1 = y " and I know it has to be differentiated and I write it down so I know what to start with and I write " -x^-1 + 1 = y " then differentiate it, and the only problem with that +/- error. This is an example of stupid errors I do. Its dragging my grade down from 90 USM average to 75-80 USM (its rising was 60 USM before)
6. (Original post by ckfeister)
They too stupid of errors to show, it isn't anything big its me seeing above written as " x^-1 + 1 = y " and I know it has to be differentiated and I write it down so I know what to start with and I write " -x^-1 + 1 = y " then differentiate it, and the only problem with that +/- error. This is an example of stupid errors I do. Its dragging my grade down from 90 USM average to 75-80 USM (its rising was 60 USM before)
Well for this kind of mistake, if you make it a few times then it should make you more careful when you do differntiation in the future. So again as I've already said it's all about practice.

If you feel like you're making this same mistake over and over again then you should think about changing the way you write your working in differentiation e.g. maybe write the intermediate step (-x^-1) to the side of the main working. For every mistake you make think about whether you changing your approach to the question will help.

By the way, getting 75-80 UMS in February is very good and you still have a long time to improve. I think you will improve just by doing more and more papers.

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