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    (Original post by Notnek)
    That sounds like a good idea. Why not try looking at UKMT stuff over the next few months when you're bored? I think you said you don't like those kinds of questions?

    But getting good at these types of questions will benefit you in the long run if you're thinking of going to a uni that requires a maths enterance exam. Although it's probably too early to think about this!
    Yes I definitely will be doing this! Getting used to those type of questions will really improve my understanding and benefit me in the long run.
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    Thank you I will definitely look into learning these
    Have you tried specimen/practice papers for 9-1?
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    (Original post by thekidwhogames)
    There are a couple of things you can do:

    - start training for UKMT challenges and Olympiads (these including BMOs etc are the most challenging Maths papers you'll do pre-uni; BMO2+ is harder than STEP 2/3)
    - sit FMSQ or FM L2 GCSE
    - start learning AS and A level Maths ahead
    - buy the grade 9 book and do those questions

    I'd say the best course of action at this point would be the FMSQ and L2 FM as well as the grade 9 book as the challenges are already gone (you can prepare over summer for BMO1 and SMC).
    Thank you for posting this! This is very helpful and I will talk to my teacher about it
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    (Original post by Y11_Maths)
    No I haven’t and thats also what I want to find out haha. I want to be able to look at any of the questions and know how to answer them instead of being like how on earth do I do this? What does it mean?
    When I was revising for my maths GCSE, I also thought that it would be amazing if I just somehow knew how to answer and understand any of these questions.

    However, this can be done through trial and improvement. What is important is that after solving a question, make sure that you reflect on what went wrong and how it can be improved.
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    Have you tried specimen/practice papers for 9-1?
    Yes I have done plenty and they are fairly simplistic for the most part
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    (Original post by stoyfan)
    When I was revising for my maths GCSE, I also thought that it would be amazing if I just somehow knew how to answer and understand any of these questions.

    However, this can be done through trial and improvement. What is important is that after solving a question, make sure that you reflect on what went wrong and how it can be improved.
    I am very determined on every question I see. Everyone calls it an obsession but I think of it as a passion. I’m always scrolling through TSR maths questions and even at a glance, if I don’t understand the question I will learn how to do it until I can complete it before I move on to anything else
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    (Original post by Y11_Maths)
    Thank you I will definitely look into learning these
    No problem.
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    Have a look at Olympiad maths. You only really need GCSE knowledge and they test more how you think than how much you know. Start with questions from the UKMT Maths Challenges (at your age, do the Intermediate). Then look at the Olympiads (Cayley, Hamilton and McLaurin). You can go even further into BMO1, but beyond that you start to require specialist knowledge that isn't taught at GCSE (or A-level for that matter).
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    Have a look at Olympiad maths. You only really need GCSE knowledge and they test more how you think than how much you know. Start with questions from the UKMT Maths Challenges (at your age, do the Intermediate). Then look at the Olympiads (Cayley, Hamilton and McLaurin). You can go even further into BMO1, but beyond that you start to require specialist knowledge that isn't taught at GCSE (or A-level for that matter).
    I will thank you
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