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Need a rant/advice.... stuck in a groundhog day.....:(

Discussion in 'Personal' started by ilovesooty, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Lead commenter

    Could you get a personal tutor to help you with the algebra?
     
  2. I've had one. I'm going to continue to have one.. but, y'know.. it's a ballbreaker. It's not even DOING it, per se, it's doing it in an exam. I can wallpaper a room, but I don't know if I can wallpaper a room under pressure, in 25 minutes, and do it all right...
    Gargh.
     
  3. Do a linear exam instead of modular

    Probably edexcel
     
  4. THAT's an idea....

    I'm halfway through the AQA though... Can I do both?
     
  5. Yes
     
  6. At this point in the year? I know i can sit module 3 and 5 of the AQA, but what about ALL of the EdExcel ones in one fell swoop?
     
  7. If you are struggling with simultaneous equations it sounds like you are doing the higher paper, opt for foundation - my adult student has just done this and the algebra becomes a lot more manageable.

    Also if you do linear you can do it all in two exams - just covers the whole course.

    Where in the country are you?
     
  8. No, I am saying do LINEAR not MODULAR
     
  9. Sorry, but I'm just reading the spec on the site for the linear. Essentially what i mean is, in your view, could i sit in this year, as from now, or am i too late?
     
  10. Okay, i'm confusing myself now! When I said 'sit them' I meant the two final exams, at this point in the year?
     
  11. but now I am wondering if both matineeidol and starsinmycrown
     
  12. are having the same problem
     
  13. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    Have you asked the maths teachers at your school to help you out? At my school we have a culture of helping any would-be teachers (who will be good) onto their courses and colleagues in Maths/English have been asked to give extra help to people who need it.
     
  14. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    Please, please, please, don't take this the wrong way but have you asked someone who specialises in primary school maths to give you a hand?

    I know someone who is working as a tutor who has taught maths in the primary sector but is teaching secondary school age children. He says he takes things back to basics and often the children say: 'why wasn't I taught like that at school?'. After a maths audit to find out what are the main things you are struggling with, I would ask different people to teach you the same thing. I mean, we all teach things differently don't we? It can take a different perspective for you to understand.

    I know that I struggle with listening but when shown how something works I understand things better. Also, it might take 10 times for me to listen and then it will suddenly 'click'.

    I hope this helps,

    MM

     
  15. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    On the January linear exam, you could get your C without getting a single algebra question correct - in fact the pass mark was so low it was almost laughable.

    If your summer season doesn't go well, try for a January re-sit - the pass marks seem MUCH lower in January.

    Or they did this January at least!

    Do you have access to mymaths? Ask your maths department for their password. It's a good resource for you to work through on your own.
     
  16. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    .... are the same poster
     
  17. But it wouldn't matter really, would it?
    She is asking for advice, not trolling and having a go at others?
    Maybe she used the one name as she was embarrassed?
    It is not the greatest of crimes if she has done no harm, is it?

     
  18. Having seen how easily my opportunities might have been lost i would do anything to help but can't!
     
  19. I can't help either. Alegbra was one of the only things I understood and like you, I got a B at O level (but first time round, after my teacher told me I would never pass. I was having none of that - I got my step dad to coach me and coach me and coach me, until my nipples nearly shriveled off).
    I think it is just stupid that the OP cannot start a teacher training course with all her experience and knowledge, just because alegbra is a stumbling block.
    Surely there should be some way of looking at the total skills of a prospective teacher?
     
  20. A C in GCSE maths can be gained with a fairly minimal knowledge of algebra
    http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/qp-ms/AQA-4306-1F-W-QP-JUN09.PDF
    and

    http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/qp-ms/AQA-4306-2F-W-QP-JUN09.PDF

    Make up a linear paper ... you needed 70%

    I would say that 70% of those papers probably come under the heading of basic maths knowledge
     

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