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A Level Maths revision issue. E/U —> A

Hello Guys
I am having a huge issue with my maths revision and it’s really stressing me out as we are so close to exams.

To summarise what I have said below:
- struggling with maths
- need quick way to do exam practise and learn content
- not sure on what steps to take being 45 ish days away from exams
- need to do past papers but don’t have the baseline knowledge
- need someone to tell me what steps to take so I can actually get ready for exams

I find maths hard and not easy to revise. I’ve done textbook qs on some and exam qs on other topics. Pls do bear in mind I’m a quick learner and I’m willing to graft to get the grades

I’m a bit okay with some of the pure topics, not all. And completely terrible at applied (grade U level) Y13

What process of revision should I do? I really need to be doing past papers at this stage… but what is the point of doing so if I don’t know how to even go about answering the question?!?!?!

Can someone please guide me on the steps needed for me to be past paper ready as once I can smash out some papers I’m sure I’ll get the improvements.

I’m more than willing to do every paper ever released if I know how to correctly utilise them to get the grades I need.


I’d appreciate someone just telling me the workflow or steps to take
Which topics do you struggle with? Are they mostly about graphs?
Original post by WordsFiddle
Which topics do you struggle with? Are they mostly about graphs?


Pretty much everything
Not exaggerating it btw
For mechanics, you should just practice alot of papers, don't hesitate to use the mark scheme alongside initially. The questions in mechanics are mostly repeated so as long as you understand why the steps are being used to solve a question, you'll be fine.
For pure core, I believe you should get a good grip of the concepts, especially those of differentiation integration coordinate geometry etc. For the expansions and progressions, you should practice more with the formulas- they are quite easy to grasp if you focus.
Don't over-exhaust yourself. Math is a subject that you can do well on only if you have a cool mind.
If you want, I can send you a useful cheatsheet for pure core. Whats your board btw?
Original post by WordsFiddle
For mechanics, you should just practice alot of papers, don't hesitate to use the mark scheme alongside initially. The questions in mechanics are mostly repeated so as long as you understand why the steps are being used to solve a question, you'll be fine.
For pure core, I believe you should get a good grip of the concepts, especially those of differentiation integration coordinate geometry etc. For the expansions and progressions, you should practice more with the formulas- they are quite easy to grasp if you focus.
Don't over-exhaust yourself. Math is a subject that you can do well on only if you have a cool mind.
If you want, I can send you a useful cheatsheet for pure core. Whats your board btw?


Aqa, but I’m sure the specs the same for maths. Do you suggest i should do full papers aided and build my confidence to do them alone?
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Original post by Bokhiriyakush
Hello Guys
I am having a huge issue with my maths revision and it’s really stressing me out as we are so close to exams.
To summarise what I have said below:
- struggling with maths
- need quick way to do exam practise and learn content
- not sure on what steps to take being 45 ish days away from exams
- need to do past papers but don’t have the baseline knowledge
- need someone to tell me what steps to take so I can actually get ready for exams
I find maths hard and not easy to revise. I’ve done textbook qs on some and exam qs on other topics. Pls do bear in mind I’m a quick learner and I’m willing to graft to get the grades
I’m a bit okay with some of the pure topics, not all. And completely terrible at applied (grade U level) Y13
What process of revision should I do? I really need to be doing past papers at this stage… but what is the point of doing so if I don’t know how to even go about answering the question?!?!?!
Can someone please guide me on the steps needed for me to be past paper ready as once I can smash out some papers I’m sure I’ll get the improvements.
I’m more than willing to do every paper ever released if I know how to correctly utilise them to get the grades I need.
I’d appreciate someone just telling me the workflow or steps to take

Tbh, if you really need that sort of grade boost, Id seriously consider getting a "tutor" you can see/discuss stuff with on almost a daily basis, though you may have a hard time finding one willing to do this. You could post questions/problems on here, though it can take time to work through questions and speaking to someone would be immediate. Tbh, if you have ~6 weeks to go, Id do something like the past 6 years worth of papers, so ~1 paper every 2 days, then spend the remaining 1 1/2 days doing remedial questions/learning/videos related to the ones you get wrong on that paper. The remedial questions could be from "other" exam boards or textbook questions or ... and tlmaths, bicen maths, drfrost, .... has good videos and drfrost a syllabus/questions/cheat sheets.
Original post by Bokhiriyakush
Aqa, but I’m sure the specs the same for maths. Do you suggest i should do full papers aided and build my confidence to do them alone?

Yes...that is how I personally studied further math (I did it privately, without tutor). It is definitely effective.
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