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How hard was A Level Mathematics?

How hard was A Level mathematics on a scale of 1 to 10? And how hard would it be for someone who’s not bad at maths, but also not used to studying and memorising formulas much either. Would I have to work very hard to keep up my grades?
Original post by verbal-laser
How hard was A Level mathematics on a scale of 1 to 10? And how hard would it be for someone who’s not bad at maths, but also not used to studying and memorising formulas much either. Would I have to work very hard to keep up my grades?

I have some friends in sixth and seventh form who take A-level Mathematics, and from my perspective, it seems mentally gruesome (as in it can be quite challenging).
I'm sure you've heard that Mathematics from GCSE to A levels is a huge step—an epidemic gap.
Well, it's mostly true, as many of my friends who've received nearly full marks during GCSE exams only achieve less than half the full marks on A level unit tests. (Even though they work really hard for maths)

Honestly, if you've taken further maths for GCSE there is a chance you'll be fine, but you need to be insanely good at mathematics to achieve top scores - I would say if you achieved grades 7 or less you probably won't be able to do well in A level mathematics.

Anyhow, I wish you all the best and good luck!
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I done foundation maths in year 9 and 10 before getting moved to higher tier. Then I was predicted a 6 in my maths gcse (covid year). Then in year 12 in my first maths mock I got a D then I vividly remember going crazy with maths revision in 2020 december, fast forward to AS results day I got an A in maths. Then in year 13 I was pretty consistent with maths and ended up getting an A in actual A-level exam. I must admit that most of my marks came from pure maths. Mechanics n stats tend to be harder. Im a 2nd year student at KCL now. To answer your question is maths hard? No. Definitely not even though I was at a major disadvantage I was still able to do well. It's a subject that requires a lot of practice however. The jump from year 12 to year 13 for maths is crazy tho. You start learning about the different ways to integrate and differentiate and more about trigonometry.

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