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Subject: Maths » A-level Maths
Last updated: 04/11/2017
Tags: a level and gcse maths, alevel, applications, ucas, university

Studying Maths and Physics is not as daunting as it may seem. I have witnessed many students who believed that they were not academically gifted and could never excel in their studies.  There is a whole host of tricks you can employ to ensure that you achieve the grades you want. I have listed a few important points that you can address to improve your academic performance.

· It is extremely important to understand your learning style. Some students are visual learners while others benefit more from an aural explanation. Discover what your strengths are and focus on them.

· Putting in the time and practice is essential. Practice is everything and will really impact your performance.

· It is understandable that you may be apprehensive about collaborating with their peers, but it is often very helpful to have a fellow classmate explain to you the problem from their perspective. This works both ways! If you are struggling with a problem, try explaining it to a friend. You will be amazed how this can improve your understanding of the problem.  

· Learn to analyse the problem and really understand what is being asked of you. Students often jump to conclusions when attempting problems. Develop a structured approach to problem-solving. A simple example in Physics would be to write down all knowns, unknowns, create a detailed diagram and write the problem statement before you even attempt to solve the problem.

I teach at my university on a weekly basis and thoroughly enjoy helping students navigate their way through their trickier problems and subjects. I only recently found myself sitting my A-Level exams and understand the issues that students face. This allows me to quickly and easily interpret the students' thoughts and assess their strengths and weaknesses and help them improve their ability to learn.

I have discovered through feedback from our students at PASS the importance of continual mentoring and creating a bond and the very positive impact it can have on them in their studies.

Gabriel Zenkner A-level Maths Tutor (Romford)

About The Author

I am a 3rd-year engineering student at Queen Mary University and am full of handy tips for acing GSCE and A-Level exams, applying to universities and making a smooth transition into university life.

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