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    Ok. So it turns out that I am applying for maths next year at Oxford. I'm not gonna be in college since I just finished it so I am kinda on my own. I don't really feel like I am a good mathematician. i.e. grade 2 STEP I standard bad.

    Any ideas as to how I can try to become a better problem solver when it comes to the core maths.


    Practice, practice, practice.

    Maybe get a tutor?

    Just know how to solve problems and then practice over and over.

    You will get better.

    Good luck anyway.
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    (Original post by Popa Dom)
    dont worry too much about step, i got straight 3s and have just come out of my 3rd year at oxford with a 2.1. My best advice would be to maybe look at BMO round 1 questions, as some of the ones in interviews are similar to those kinds of questions (maybe find out if they still do the BMO mentoring scheme, they give you a sheet of questions every month and assign you a mentor who you can email for help. 2 of the questions i got in interview were versions of questions i'd done in that).

    good luck
    Thanks. I might look at buying a book called 'A primer for mathematics competitions'. It apparently helps much with problem solving and even has some Olympiad questions with answers.


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