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How do you revise for the new spec a level maths? The questions in the textbook, past papers and even specimen and sample papers are nothing like what comes up in the actual exam in terms of the styling of the new questions. Today, I had a mock and it was the 2019 pure paper 1 which was so much harder than any of the old spec papers! It's like there's no way to prepare for this new spec because the questions are just so heavy and focused on problem solving and thinking outside the box!
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If you are going to be doing the 2020 A-Level Maths Papers you should know that there are a new pattern and syllabus in place for 2020 and there are going to be certain changes to paper style and questions. Newer topics include the transformation of graphs and circles for pure maths (use studywell.com to practice Edexcel questions on it which is quite similar to ours when it comes to graphs and circles) and limits in differentiation.
Personally I would still suggest you practise as many past papers as possible starting from old ones down so that you not only have an idea of the type or pattern of questions but also have an in-depth understanding of the topics and can be quicker at your work.
Also, practice the 2020 specimen paper and watch out for the 2020 February march paper when it comes out too!
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How do you revise for the new spec a level maths? The questions in the textbook, past papers and even specimen and sample papers are nothing like what comes up in the actual exam in terms of the styling of the new questions. Today, I had a mock and it was the 2019 pure paper 1 which was so much harder than any of the old spec papers! It's like there's no way to prepare for this new spec because the questions are just so heavy and focused on problem solving and thinking outside the box!
I feel your pain!! I am in year 13 and doing Edexcel and last years paper seems so different from every questions we have done previously. Personally I am focusing a lot more on the mixed exercise questions in the textbook (as they seem to be closer to the new style of questions) but the new questions do seem to be a lot more just applicant and very strange wording, I think the more you fundamentally understand a topic and practice different/harder ways of the questions being worded you will get better. I have been struggling too but have kept just doing every question I possibly can and when it gets to the exam trying to think logically and identify the topic I need in the question and just trying to treat it like I would any other question. It’s definitely a tricky one though! Hope this works for you and all the best for your exams Caleb
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I feel your pain!! I am in year 13 and doing Edexcel and last years paper seems so different from every questions we have done previously. Personally I am focusing a lot more on the mixed exercise questions in the textbook (as they seem to be closer to the new style of questions) but the new questions do seem to be a lot more just applicant and very strange wording, I think the more you fundamentally understand a topic and practice different/harder ways of the questions being worded you will get better. I have been struggling too but have kept just doing every question I possibly can and when it gets to the exam trying to think logically and identify the topic I need in the question and just trying to treat it like I would any other question. It’s definitely a tricky one though! Hope this works for you and all the best for your exams Caleb
Yes, Caleb! I definitely agree with you. I have also been using the most recent edition of the Cambridge International AS & A Level Maths: Pure Mathematics 1 since I am still in AS. My school uses the older version which is not updated in accordance with the change in our syllabus, but the one I use at home is the most recent one and like you clearly mentioned the mixed exercise and exam review questions in it are very helpful and insightful! Sidd1, you should try it out too!
I am adding amazon links to the new books below:
The Older P1 Book
The New P1 Book
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If you are going to be doing the 2020 A-Level Maths Papers you should know that there are a new pattern and syllabus in place for 2020 and there are going to be certain changes to paper style and questions. Newer topics include the transformation of graphs and circles for pure maths (use studywell.com to practice Edexcel questions on it which is quite similar to ours when it comes to graphs and circles) and limits in differentiation.
Personally I would still suggest you practise as many past papers as possible starting from old ones down so that you not only have an idea of the type or pattern of questions but also have an in-depth understanding of the topics and can be quicker at your work.
Also, practice the 2020 specimen paper and watch out for the 2020 February march paper when it comes out too!
There's a 2020 specimen paper?! Is it out on the website because I actually haven't seen it
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There's a 2020 specimen paper?! Is it out on the website because I actually haven't seen it
Check the official Cambridge website!
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Hii, I did the new A-level maths last year and got an A. I gave advice to another person in yr 12 who was struggling with it. If you want to check my post on my profile feel free (they’re too long to repeat!). However, since you’re in year 13 and not much time left to the exams, I would say make sure you do every question in the textbook and unit tests, as they expect this to be the minimum you should attain to. Make sure you understand a topic thoroughly, not just remembering what steps the teacher has told you to do. Do all the past papers you possibly can. Also, you have to remember, everyone is in the same boat as you and I gather you’re not that much more prepared for the level of difficulty of the new spec than we were, so just work hard and master the textbook and you’ll get an A, I promise!
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Check the official Cambridge website!
Would this be applicable for those doing Edexcel A level Maths? I thought there was a 2020 set of practice papers released.
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Hii, I did the new A-level maths last year and got an A. I gave advice to another person in yr 12 who was struggling with it. If you want to check my post on my profile feel free (they’re too long to repeat!). However, since you’re in year 13 and not much time left to the exams, I would say make sure you do every question in the textbook and unit tests, as they expect this to be the minimum you should attain to. Make sure you understand a topic thoroughly, not just remembering what steps the teacher has told you to do. Do all the past papers you possibly can. Also, you have to remember, everyone is in the same boat as you and I gather you’re not that much more prepared for the level of difficulty of the new spec than we were, so just work hard and master the textbook and you’ll get an A, I promise!
Wooow, firstly well done!
Would you say Maths was always something you naturally kinda got as well? How did you revise for Mechanics and Stats - people say just past papers but I'm just like I don't even understand it even after doing questions....
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Would this be applicable for those doing Edexcel A level Maths? I thought there was a 2020 set of practice papers released.
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Wooow, firstly well done!
Would you say Maths was always something you naturally kinda got as well? How did you revise for Mechanics and Stats - people say just past papers but I'm just like I don't even understand it even after doing questions....
Thanks! I honestly don’t know how I did well because I’m pretty sure I left half the paper out! I just did better than others I guess which is what matters. I wouldn’t say I’m a maths genius, nor do you have to be, but after all it is more difficult for some to grasp than others and I would say I grasp maths relatively quickly. I was honestly helpless with yr 2 mechanics, I literally got 40% in my jan mocks before the exam and the questions weren’t even that hard lmaooo. For mech I stepped up my game after that, so this was my strategy I would recommend. Go through textbook examples by first covering up the answer then compare answers afterwards. Do this before going onto textbook questions as the examples cover almost every style of question you will come across. Then do end of chapter and unit tests. If you get a question wrong, go back to you notes, figure out for yourself why you got that question wrong and try again without looking at the solution bank! For stats, just memorise and past papers. Make sure you learn the little facts for the large data set.
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Thanks! I honestly don’t know how I did well because I’m pretty sure I left half the paper out! I just did better than others I guess which is what matters. I wouldn’t say I’m a maths genius, nor do you have to be, but after all it is more difficult for some to grasp than others and I would say I grasp maths relatively quickly. I was honestly helpless with yr 2 mechanics, I literally got 40% in my jan mocks before the exam and the questions weren’t even that hard lmaooo. For mech I stepped up my game after that, so this was my strategy I would recommend. Go through textbook examples by first covering up the answer then compare answers afterwards. Do this before going onto textbook questions as the examples cover almost every style of question you will come across. Then do end of chapter and unit tests. If you get a question wrong, go back to you notes, figure out for yourself why you got that question wrong and try again without looking at the solution bank! For stats, just memorise and past papers. Make sure you learn the little facts for the large data set.
Thanks so much I will definitely try this. Yeah the large data set I’m not gonna lie is kind of annoying I hate when they ask stuff like “ using your knowledge from the large data set” etc
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How do you revise for the new spec a level maths? The questions in the textbook, past papers and even specimen and sample papers are nothing like what comes up in the actual exam in terms of the styling of the new questions. Today, I had a mock and it was the 2019 pure paper 1 which was so much harder than any of the old spec papers! It's like there's no way to prepare for this new spec because the questions are just so heavy and focused on problem solving and thinking outside the box!
Do you have the MS for the paper? i just did it and the questions were so weird! wanna see how **** i did haha but the ms isn't available anywhere
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Do you have the MS for the paper? i just did it and the questions were so weird! wanna see how **** i did haha but the ms isn't available anywhere
Unfortunately I don't that's something that's still locked and will only be released on the website around May.
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Would this be applicable for those doing Edexcel A level Maths? I thought there was a 2020 set of practice papers released.
For Edexcel, I would suggest studywell.com
It has topical as well as past papers. I personally use it for my A-Level Maths too since we had a curriculum change and some of the topics that were added were already there in Edexcel, so doing those papers helps.
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Wooow, firstly well done!
Would you say Maths was always something you naturally kinda got as well? How did you revise for Mechanics and Stats - people say just past papers but I'm just like I don't even understand it even after doing questions....
I am currently doing mechanics and it took me heaps of past papers to get a firm understanding in Pulleys ( Connected Particles)
I don't know about stats since I haven't done that yet. That would be A2 for me
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Thanks! I honestly don’t know how I did well because I’m pretty sure I left half the paper out! I just did better than others I guess which is what matters. I wouldn’t say I’m a maths genius, nor do you have to be, but after all it is more difficult for some to grasp than others and I would say I grasp maths relatively quickly. I was honestly helpless with yr 2 mechanics, I literally got 40% in my jan mocks before the exam and the questions weren’t even that hard lmaooo. For mech I stepped up my game after that, so this was my strategy I would recommend. Go through textbook examples by first covering up the answer then compare answers afterwards. Do this before going onto textbook questions as the examples cover almost every style of question you will come across. Then do end of chapter and unit tests. If you get a question wrong, go back to you notes, figure out for yourself why you got that question wrong and try again without looking at the solution bank! For stats, just memorise and past papers. Make sure you learn the little facts for the large data set.
What textbook did you use for your Mechanics?
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