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Thinking of self studying A Level Maths and Phyiscs and taking the exam in June 2019, how achieveable is this if I have a full time job and no other commitments?
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maths is doable physics probably isn’t but it depends on how good you are at self teaching i guess
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maths is doable physics probably isn’t but it depends on how good you are at self teaching i guess
Thank you, I did look up both of them and Physics looks like suicide but I will do it if I have to. I do enjoy a challenge and love maths
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Thank you, I did look up both of them and Physics looks like suicide but I will do it if I have to. I do enjoy a challenge and love maths
yeah a level physics is pretty hard! but i’ve heard they’re making it easier for the june 2019 exam papers than it has been previously because the grade boundaries have been super low
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yeah a level physics is pretty hard! but i’ve heard they’re making it easier for the june 2019 exam papers than it has been previously because the grade boundaries have been super low
Really? Thank you for letting me know that 🙂 and also how many hours should I be studying each week?
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Really? Thank you for letting me know that 🙂 and also how many hours should I be studying each week?
i usually just study when we have tests, and make sure i understand all of the homework! so if you were self studying, probably about 20-25 hours?
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i usually just study when we have tests, and make sure i understand all of the homework! so if you were self studying, probably about 20-25 hours?
That does sound about right from what I calculated so about 8+ hours of study per subject per week should be alright if I want to achieve a B or A grade? I am aiming to do one module a month at the very least so that should be adequete time right?
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That does sound about right from what I calculated so about 8+ hours of study per subject per week should be alright if I want to achieve a B or A grade? I am aiming to do one module a month at the very least so that should be adequete time right?
How will you do the practical component of Physics? Make sure you do the new linear Maths A level; if you are in England you cannot take modular in 2019 unless it is a resit..
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Thinking of self studying A Level Maths and Phyiscs and taking the exam in June 2019, how achieveable is this if I have a full time job and no other commitments?
Since they've changed the way A levels are done then with the recommended textbooks and a bit of youtube tutorial watching you'll be able to do them fine. Maths (for edexcel anyway) they've changed so you have 3 papers I think but don't quote me on it :P Physics (I did OCR B) is also doable if you're self teaching BUT you won't get the practical experience which is required to pass. So I would say yes maths is a definite. Physics, you will be able to do the theory but not the experiment. Youtube is a great place for reference, some channels to look into are Looking Glass Universe, 3Blue1Brown, BlackPenRedPen, A Level Physics Online [I made the OCR B summary sheets on his website so I can assure you if you want to get a feel for how much info you'll be required to know, take a look at them], Bruce Yeany for some bits although it's mainly GCSE level, and various other ones which are easy to find if you just type a concept you're stuck on like 'Integration by Parts' or 'Functions' etc etc there'll be videos people will have made. Diligance is key, make sure you treat it like a job, sit down at a set time and have breaks at set times and stop at a set time. If you don't finish, fine, leave it until the next day. If you finish early, great, don't do anymore until the next day. If you start departing from that it takes over your life as I have found this year (I'm a first year physics student). Anymore questions just ask
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How will you do the practical component of Physics? Make sure you do the new linear Maths A level; if you are in England you cannot take modular in 2019 unless it is a resit..
Thank you for reminding me about the practical component, i will have to ensure I find a college that will allow me do do it which I think I have anyway and I am aware it's not always cheap.Really? I was going to do the linear one anyway since it does seem somewhat easier
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Thank you for reminding me about the practical component, i will have to ensure I find a college that will allow me do do it which I think I have anyway and I am aware it's not always cheap.Really? I was going to do the linear one anyway since it does seem somewhat easier
I would start Maths now as you need time to practise questions as well as learning the content. Edexcel has the most resources so I'd go for that spec.
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It’s entirely achievable - Just depends on how effectively you use the time you have! I can’t comment on physics, but there’s a series of YouTube videos by Jack Brown on YouTube entitled for students to self teach as it covers every topic - That may be of great use to you!
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Since they've changed the way A levels are done then with the recommended textbooks and a bit of youtube tutorial watching you'll be able to do them fine. Maths (for edexcel anyway) they've changed so you have 3 papers I think but don't quote me on it :P Physics (I did OCR B) is also doable if you're self teaching BUT you won't get the practical experience which is required to pass. So I would say yes maths is a definite. Physics, you will be able to do the theory but not the experiment. Youtube is a great place for reference, some channels to look into are Looking Glass Universe, 3Blue1Brown, BlackPenRedPen, A Level Physics Online [I made the OCR B summary sheets on his website so I can assure you if you want to get a feel for how much info you'll be required to know, take a look at them], Bruce Yeany for some bits although it's mainly GCSE level, and various other ones which are easy to find if you just type a concept you're stuck on like 'Integration by Parts' or 'Functions' etc etc there'll be videos people will have made. Diligance is key, make sure you treat it like a job, sit down at a set time and have breaks at set times and stop at a set time. If you don't finish, fine, leave it until the next day. If you finish early, great, don't do anymore until the next day. If you start departing from that it takes over your life as I have found this year (I'm a first year physics student). Anymore questions just ask
Thank you so much for providing me with resources for physics 🙂 I needed them since I already have enough for maths. I have already made a suitable timetable which uses the pomodoro technique and allows for breaks and rewards. If there is anything I can help you with let me know, I can mainly help in areas of IT and computing related topics
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Thank you so much for providing me with resources for physics 🙂 I needed them since I already have enough for maths. I have already made a suitable timetable which uses the pomodoro technique and allows for breaks and rewards. If there is anything I can help you with let me know, I can mainly help in areas of IT and computing related topics
If you'd happen to know of any good python resources that'd be a great help
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Thinking of self studying A Level Maths and Phyiscs and taking the exam in June 2019, how achieveable is this if I have a full time job and no other commitments?
With a full-time job, I don't think it would be best
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If you'd happen to know of any good python resources that'd be a great help
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With a full-time job, I don't think it would be best
I do agree but it is so difficult to get part time work :/ last time I looked I got 4 job offers without even applying for them but they were all full time
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If you'd happen to know of any good python resources that'd be a great help
I actually don't but I will have a look for you 😊
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Thinking of self studying A Level Maths and Phyiscs and taking the exam in June 2019, how achieveable is this if I have a full time job and no other commitments?
Good luck to you

I started working (well, an Apprenticeship) and said I’d love to self teach maths and physics, I started but slowly it’s dwindled as the Apprenticeship picked up pace. I would absolutely love to accomplish it, and I definitely will. Just waiting for the right time when I can balance all my commitments.

I must say, coming across this has made me more determined to get started again...and I’m sure we could always share ideas/resources as we go along, keep each other motivated?
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Good luck to you

I started working (well, an Apprenticeship) and said I’d love to self teach maths and physics, I started but slowly it’s dwindled as the Apprenticeship picked up pace. I would absolutely love to accomplish it, and I definitely will. Just waiting for the right time when I can balance all my commitments.

I must say, coming across this has made me more determined to get started again...and I’m sure we could always share ideas/resources as we go along, keep each other motivated?
Yeah that would be great 😊 I'm not just learning maths and physics for uni either. I want to learn for own personal knowledge because they interest me
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If you'd happen to know of any good python resources that'd be a great help
CS Dojo has a good series on Python and Net Ninja is an okay one, I'll let you know when I find more
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