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Is their any good transition work for Inbetween year 11 and year 12 maths, I heard there is a CGP book but is it any good?
Hiya, just about to finish year 13 of maths a-level, here's some of my advice.
Firstly, yes you should do transition work, and I would highly recommend either a revision guide (depends on your exam board, see if you can get one for that). I would recommend just reading through the AS content and seeing how much of it you recognise. When i started my alevel, there was a huge amount of year 12 that I'd already done at GCSE, so it's really useful to be able to remember all of it instead of having to relearn it. It'll make your revision and class work so much easier. Find the topics you'll need that you already know and just do little bits of practice of them - particularly algebra and trigonometry, those are the big ones. Find questions online, do little bits of practice of them, and just make sure you can remember how to do them. If you fancy, you can even try and take on some a-level ones.
Mechanics and stats are a bit trickier. All depends on your exam board, mine wasn't very common so I doubt you're doing that, but for me they weren't worth as much as pure so don't need as much focus, but they're also something you probably won't have seen much before. Some of mechanics you might have seen in physics GCSE, so again, look through the revision guide, see what you recognise. You probably won't have seen much, if any, of statistics before starting year 12, except for bits of probability.
Go into maths ready to work hard. It really isn't an easy alevel, except for very few people. It's a subject where rewriting out your notes is gonna be completely useless, so make your notes in lessons and keep them. Little and often is the best way to keep maths in your head. Aside from homework, do a couple of hours of maths a week, just doing questions, go back over the topics you learned a while ago, practice the topics you've only just done so that they don't leave your head as soon as you walk out the classroom. I'm partly saying this becuase I didn't do it and I regret it.
I know this has gone far beyond what you originally asked, but I hope it's still helpful! Well done on finishing GCSEs and good luck next year.
Original post by SensationsOfLife
Is their any good transition work for Inbetween year 11 and year 12 maths, I heard there is a CGP book but is it any good?


Hi, I'm a third year maths student at Lancaster University so I thought I might be able to offer some advice.
When I was transitioning between GCSE and A-Level Maths the teachers from my Sixth Form gave me some questions to work through over the holidays. They gave these to me on our induction days. It's definitely worth working through those if your new teachers provide them. If they don't provide them, it's worth emailing them to ask for some advise on what you could cover over the summer to give you a bit of a head start.
It also might be worth finding out what exam board you will be doing, and then finding a copy of the textbook you will be using. Often you can access them online, or buy cheap second hand copies on ebay. Maybe you could have a flick through and read up on any topics that interest you especially.
Other than that I don't think there's much more to do, but its definitely worth making sure you remember all your GCSE Maths as especially the first bit of your A-level is highly reliant on that content.

I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions and enjoy your summer!
-Penelope (Lancaster University Mathematics Student Ambassador)
Hello, and thank you for both for the advice! I will be sure to check out some questions and have a look at some of the a level topics/questions that I could potentially do. Will be sure to keep the GCSE content in my head, have a great summer!
Original post by SensationsOfLife
Hello, and thank you for both for the advice! I will be sure to check out some questions and have a look at some of the a level topics/questions that I could potentially do. Will be sure to keep the GCSE content in my head, have a great summer!


Hi, I'm glad that the advice was helpful. Have a great summer too!
-Penelope (Lancaster University Mathematics Student Ambassador)

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