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I'm self teaching Maths and Further Maths Edexcel A levels with the intent of sitting all exams in one go next year so started studying a few weeks back, using examsolutions.com tutorials I've been doing some worksheet questions but was wondering if I should skip the textbooks and jump straight into the past papers? thanks.
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the new Edexcel Textbooks have 'E' questions and 'P' questions - i.e. exam questions and problem-solving questions... these are close to what would come up in the actual exam. you could just simply try out some 'E/P' questions to prepare you (they have E and/or P written on the LHS of the question). But also there are non EP questions, which help you get an introduction into the topics,which might be useful for you self-teaching. Either way if you have the textbooks use them. Or buy the CGP textbooks for edexcel A level maths, they're good too.
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When I self-taught A level Maths and FM:
- examsolutions
- his questions
- past paper questions by topic

Repeat for all topics then:

- past papers
- IAL/R papers
- Solomon papers
- madas papers

For new spec, I'd recommend doing the E and P questions (harder than normal) as well.
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I'm self teaching Maths and Further Maths Edexcel A levels with the intent of sitting all exams in one go next year so started studying a few weeks back, using examsolutions.com tutorials I've been doing some worksheet questions but was wondering if I should skip the textbooks and jump straight into the past papers? thanks.
Is this because you feel you won't have time to do textbook questions? The best way to learn is to do lots of simpler textbook questions and only start past papers next year once you're fully confident with all the material. Of course if you're finding questions in a particular exercise easy then skip them.

Why are you self-teaching out of interest?
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When I self-taught A level Maths and FM:
- examsolutions
- his questions
- past paper questions by topic

Repeat for all topics then:

- past papers
- IAL/R papers
- Solomon papers
- madas papers

For new spec, I'd recommend doing the E and P questions (harder than normal) as well.
What are his questions?
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What are his questions?
Sorry, I meant his questions that he posts after each topic.
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I'm self teaching Maths and Further Maths Edexcel A levels with the intent of sitting all exams in one go next year so started studying a few weeks back, using examsolutions.com tutorials I've been doing some worksheet questions but was wondering if I should skip the textbooks and jump straight into the past papers? thanks.
Focus on doing worksheet questions and past papers from examsolutions.com and if you can do a few textbook questions on topics that you struggle with the most. That would be the best way to prepare for your A-Level Maths and Further Maths examinations. Good luck!
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Is this because you feel you won't have time to do textbook questions? The best way to learn is to do lots of simpler textbook questions and only start past papers next year once you're fully confident with all the material. Of course if you're finding questions in a particular exercise easy then skip them.

Why are you self-teaching out of interest?
I'm old in comparison to a level students went to college before but faffed around, I want to go to a good uni to do computer science.
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I'm old in comparison to a level students went to college before but faffed around, I want to go to a good uni to do computer science.
Have you done A Level maths before or will this be your first time? And what did you get in GCSE?

Skipping textbook questions works for very high ability students who find A Level maths easy. If this is you then it should be fine. If you're a more average student then the textbook will be very useful.
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Have you done A Level maths before or will this be your first time? And what did you get in GCSE?

Skipping textbook questions works for very high ability students who find A Level maths easy. If this is you then it should be fine. If you're a more average student then the textbook will be very useful.
I did GCSE Maths a year early in school and got A*
but that was like 12 years ago,
Also did AS Maths and got A for that 10 years ago.
Do you know where I can find good worksheet questions? Thanks
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I did GCSE Maths a year early in school and got A*
but that was like 11 years ago,
Also did AS Maths and got A for that 10 years ago.
Do you know where I can find good worksheet questions? Thanks
It sounds like you're capable of doing very well at A Level. Since it's been a while it may be worth revisiting some GCSE to make sure you're confident with it if you haven't already. You need to be at A/A* grade GCSE algebra before starting A Level. You could look at some questions from the "algebra and graphs" section here.

Solomon worksheets e.g. here are good for extension questions. But a textbook is best in my opinion - not sure there's much need for worksheets.
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