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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:41 am 
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They are fortunate if they can change - if groups are full then it will be a 'No' to any change.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:06 pm 
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I think some of DDs class mates may be finding maths harder than they thought and maybe considering it.

I did warn DD it would seem like a big step up to start with and not to worry, but actually she seems to be doing OK. She seems very happy with all her subjects at the moment and none of her friends are mentioning wanting to change. At least not as far as I know.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:31 pm 
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DD surprised us all by dropping photography. She decided that French, English and psychology were a better bet for university.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:40 pm 
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Students haven't done any maths for three months - they are rusty. This is why many universities do not like gap years for maths degrees. This is why many school set holiday work to keep those skills honed.

If they get their heads down and work then they will be fine. A good website [written for able students] for Edexcel is here https://www.drfrostmaths.com/sow.php?ye ... &term=Main


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:44 pm 
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DD did some maths bridging work over the holiday, but did bits here and there throughout rather than all at the beginning or the end. Maybe that’s helped.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:06 pm 
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Having not been able to take both biology and further maths (as they were in the same block) DD's school has now rejigged the timetable so she can at least try doing both. Personally I think it will be too much for her, as not only has she gained the extra work, she has lost 7 study periods. She is keen to try all 4 at least until Half term. She is enjoying chemistry and maths, and not in quite such a panic about biology, although I think me helping her work out how to organise her folders has helped with the panic!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:06 pm 
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DD is doing OCR for Maths A level - is there a lot of variation between the boards?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:14 pm 
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The pure is similar but question style and exams are different. You'd need to check the specifications .. I'm really only familiar with the new Edexcel.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:17 pm 
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Thanks - I will leave that to DD.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:26 pm 
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OCR: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/b ... from-2017/

Edexcel: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/q ... -2017.html

This might also be of interest: https://blog.markit.education/articles/ ... lification


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