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Smc & bmo

Hi, I'm currently in year 11 and I want to prepare for SMC in year 12, and I rlly want to get into BMO 1. Is there any tips/useful resources for preparing SMC & BMO?
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Original post by yi123456
Hi, I'm currently in year 11 and I want to prepare for SMC in year 12, and I rlly want to get into BMO 1. Is there any tips/useful resources for preparing SMC & BMO?

By the looks of it youve done reasonably well on the intermediates so Id be surprised if you had that much trouble with the smc, though its usually worth practicing for the bmo. There are the bmo and smc books at ukmt and the past papers you can download (both smc and bmo1) and there are the reimann zeta slides as well as the online practice at drfrost and the mentoring sheets and some youtube ... so there is more than enough to keep you entertained.

Tbh, Id do something like an smc paper each week as well as some bmo1 practice and some background reading/... to support it. So do enough to make it worthwhile but it shouldnt dominate your hols by any stretch. I guess the balance is to do some practice on familiar and harder questions as well as "learn" some basic / historical stuff which is on the boundary of the current gcse/a level syllabus. For doing the smc papers, maybe do them timed, then for things you couldnt do try and complete them untimed, then look for a hint before looking at the model solution(s). Also note that many of the problems shouldnt be much more than a couple of lines of working (apart from the last few) and many can be problem solved. If youre looking at applying for maths at oxbridge++, then think more about the learning basic historical stuff and how to approach unfamiliar questions (sketch, extreme cases, ...), so supercurriculars, as that will be more useful for an application than focussing on whether you hit the bmo1 boundary (or not).

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