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Last minute study tips for getting high grade in A Level maths? I'm panicking!

Does anyone have any last minute advice for getting an A in Edexcel A Levels maths please? My teacher for my whole A Level has been useless and I needed an A for uni, but I have started doing practice papers and I am only getting Ds. I do not think I'll get an A, but can I at least get higher than a D so my uni might let me in anyway if they have spare places? I know it's not my intelligence that's the problem because I understand it when I watch a youtube teacher or we have a cover teacher, it's just my normal teacher makes no sense. I know I should've done something sooner but I didn't want to report my teacher as he is a nice person so I thought it would be mean
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Does anyone have any last minute advice for getting an A in Edexcel A Levels maths please? My teacher for my whole A Level has been useless and I needed an A for uni, but I have started doing practice papers and I am only getting Ds. I do not think I'll get an A, but can I at least get higher than a D so my uni might let me in anyway if they have spare places? I know it's not my intelligence that's the problem because I understand it when I watch a youtube teacher or we have a cover teacher, it's just my normal teacher makes no sense. I know I should've done something sooner but I didn't want to report my teacher as he is a nice person so I thought it would be mean

I'm not a fan of EdExcel for a whole host of reasons, but the standard advice is to do more past papers and review where you went wrong. Doing papers alone and not learning from your mistakes is pretty pointless.

In an ideal scenario, you would have done 20 past papers or so, or at least 6 before your first paper.

The principle that you don't actually know something until you do it applies here. Maths is a skills based subject, and every skill needs to be practiced and honed. Understanding something intellectually (something a lot of people can do) is not exactly the same thing as knowing what to do with it when you use it (as in skill based subjects or scenarios).

EdExcel has a thing for giving marks if you provide the correct answers for certain writing proportions. The thing about these questions is that you need to include all the correct interpretations and keywords in order to get the mark, and it can feel like a guessing game knowing what they exactly want from you.
Otherwise, you would need to provide the correct calculations and solve the problem in the correct way to get a lot of the marks in the math questions.

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