WHAT IS A-LEVEL MATHS REALLY LIKE? - how hard, how to revise, jump, my experience

hello I'm really welcome back to my

channel so today I have got a video

talking about my experience of a level

maths so I've already uploaded my

psychology one of these hopefully that

was useful this is the Maps version and

as usual I've got my notes on my phone

that I'm not forgetting to say anything

so if I'm looking down that's what I'm

doing but I'm going to just be talking

through my background they experience

like what you can expect from it in the

best ways I find to revise and how you

can prepare over the summer

so just as a bit of a background I just

want to say the like before I start

talking about anything this is my own

personal experience everyone's will be

different is mostly for this video

because our class was a massive

disadvantage throughout the year as we

have three lessons a week at my school

and we also have three teachers

supplement we have one teach per lesson

once per week which when they were all

teaching equally they had equal

responsibilities for our class when

there's no dominant teacher nobody took

responsibility for us as a whole yeah

our class was amassing for disadvantage

and also like the way stuff was taught

was very sporadic so we'd have three

different teachers teaching three

different things at once

and they didn't talk to each other that

much we kind of ended up being the ones

who spoke between them so yeah it wasn't

the best organized which could explain

some of the things I'm going to talk

about in the video but I do wanna just

talk about the course and stuff and like

what you can expect out of it and like

talk about the jump and stuff like that

so obviously just bear that in mind that

I have not probably had the best

experience I could have done next year

we're not having three teachers because

I think it was just a timetabling issue

and it was like a last resort I am on

the exam board in Excel which most

people are on and in the summer between

year 11 and year 12

it was W I was most worried about as I

knew I was gonna be doing history

geography and maybe psychology read

during the summer I wasn't worried about

any of them but I was worried about

maths because both my parents had tried

to put me off it and I've been told that

it was hard so I was like I knew I

always wanted to take it because it's

always been something I can do although

I'm not actually a mathematician it's

ways being like one of my stronger

subjects so I always wanted to take and

I wasn't going to not take it so yeah I

was kind of scared and I also got an a

to my GCSE if that puts anything into

context so I did work for it and I

didn't just get by by being good at

maths like no I would have probably got

like a 6 or something or maybe a seven

how do I not put in any work so and I do

want to say out of the three subjects

I'm taking now maths is by far my

weakest and I got a B in my mark but I

like the Thoth the individual grades I

got were an e a B and

so a real mix okay so now I'm just going

to talk to you guys about my experience

that jump between GCSE and a-level stuff

that I've regretted stuff you can expect

to need to do to happen to you I've said

at the beginning of the video like maths

is a hard subject like so I do not want

to sugarcoat it at all I want you guys

to know exactly how hard it is but I

don't want to put you off like if you

want to do maths and do maths if you're

willing to put in the work nothing that

should turn you off of it unless you're

like really really bad at maths and

maybe not the best subject for you I

don't know so I think in the first few

times of maths I've been told master's

gonna be really hard so I was expecting

it to hit me into like be really bad at

all and really strive over there is a

certain part of a course like the first

like eight from the book that's just

GCSE overlap that you've done at GCSE

but it's also in the a levels just like

quadratic equations completing the

square like thirds and stuff like that

the stuff that you've just done at GCSE

and that was like we just did that for

like the first term and a half and it

was relatively easy I did not notice a

jump at all it was just the same content

of a different teacher in a different

teaching style and more work outside of

school so the actual content wasn't

harder and then there was the odd new

topic that was introduced such as

binomial expansion or algebraic division

but they weren't hard and because all

the other content was easy if you wanted

to go away and work on it wasn't

difficult to do that like you could find

time for it and once you start to get

into the rhythm of sick form that's when

the content gets harder but you're

already used to sick form so it's less

of a shock that is what I found anyway I

don't know if some schools make you just

revise the GCSE content over summer and

start away of the a-level content but

that's just what ideas would have

actually saved us a lot of time if we'd

not wasted the beginning of year 12

doing GCC content though now I'm

thinking about it because we're quite

rush at the time but anyway so the jump

isn't bad at all but around like

November December time you started doing

new topics and suddenly everything we

were doing was new and also mechanics

had been going along going on along with

this and mechanics was new like the

stuff wasn't hard but it was just

getting our head around

doing physics see stuff none of the

flight mechanics at all around remember

December time we started doing your

content like differentiation integration

and I didn't get it at first as I said

I'm not a natural mathematician so it

doesn't click with me like it does with

other people I really have to go away

and work on it and once I've worked on

it like I get it and that's that and I

don't need to worry about it but until

it clicks I'm a bit so when the new

topics came about it got progressively

harder and each like less and we were

doing something new we weren't going

back and revisiting old stuff we were

building on the old stuff that we've

done before or doing something

completely new so there wasn't time to

not get it if I didn't get something I

had to go home and learn it and I will

talk about how you can might go away and

independently learn stuff later in the

video when I talk about revision but I

think it's so important if you don't get

something in math to ask the question

because there may be 30 other people in

there who are also confused and I am

lucky I'm like not sort of person who

speaks up in class but because our class

is of seven people I can easily just say

sir I don't get it I don't need to put

my hand up and you explain it to me some

people get an order of me but then I get

my screws in them in the end because I

have the questions so if you do get

confused by something it's the central

you go away and make sure you understand

it and that is something that I've not

done during the year after all I've kind

of just let it slide and I really regret

that now because I was meant to do

everything over the summer but my

motivation has completely gone and I

don't really want to do work over the

summer but I knew that I'm not gonna

have time next year so what do you need

to do it this summer and so I think if

you don't get something going understand

it there and then don't leave it till

Christmas or the summer because you

won't do it and I really need to do it

and I have in and I'm halfway through

summer and I've got a whole year of

maths to teach myself haha and I do

think although I'm saying it gets hard

it does get harder but everyone finds it

harder and people's grades do dip to

what you usually get so people in my

class I know for a fact that three of us

got on a grade a near a grade nine and I

think the rest of the people in my class

got a seven so like our class is not

stupid we all pretty good at maths and a

lot of us I think the highest grades

people get on big tests are about B's

like I've got some B's and then I'm the

protests I've had aids and stuff but our

class is like a real mix like we have

grades all the way from use days but in

unlocks nobody got above a B so no hard

fast fail so just don't expect to be

getting good grades immediately because

it is hard but also know that if you

want to improve it you do need to put in

the work and it is hard because it's so

different like I've never gotten a style

Maps before I don't think maybe once in

like a test and I was it was a topic

that I was good at so yeah it is hard

and you can't expect to just be getting

the same grades you used to get without

putting in tons of work I feel that

everybody knows that but people don't

appreciate it until we get there

you do need to put in a lot more work so

yeah sort of about my experience and how

it gets harder and obviously it's hard

but it's okay it's manageable and now

I'm just going to talk about revision

you can do how I revise the best ways to

revise so I think the best thing you can

do which you can do now is that you buy

yourself the textbook this is the

Edexcel pure maths textbook for year one

I also have the year to do one if you

want to buy that as well why not when

you've got it so I've got those two

types there and then I've got year one

and the year to statistics and mechanics

books some schools do like pure and

statistics or pure mechanics but at my

school we do pure and both of them so I

don't really know how that works if we

get taught less of each or something but

we do both I'd really recommend picking

up a textbook because it's useful in so

many ways for revision you can make sure

that you have covered everything and I

actually next year I didn't do it this

year because I didn't have the textbook

which is what I'm telling you to get it

but you can use the textbook to like all

night organize your folder because the

textbook splits it up into the sections

and sometimes it's difficult to know

what topic your work goes under so if

you're arranging it around the textbook

then it's just out like that and you can

use the exercises you do in class to

know where the stuff goes if that makes


I have organized my statistics folder

and using that

didn't help so much because then I know

what I've covered what I've not covered

what we're going to cover next and then

it's really easy to go back in nature

but I have been taught everything and I

understand everything and and if I don't

understand anything or something I can

go into the bit of the textbook I don't

understand where the notes are missing

and I can look at the examples I can do

some exam questions textbook you should

definitely get I don't know if some

schools give them out but mine don't and

also as I've said you need to be

prepared to put in the time into

practice and prepare yourself to get

really frustrated with some topics

because it does happen to everybody and

there's going to be some topics no

matter how much time and effort you put

in you still don't get it like your

effort doesn't always translate to

grades as shown by my statistics grade

yeah you will get frustrated with stuff

but there's always a way to understand

it and learn it and I'm going to talk to

you guys about that no that's way too

revised is to practice so obviously you

need to understand the content before

you practice but once you understand it

it will just go out of your head and

lets you practice it so much that you're

sick of it I think the thing that I know

best how to do is integration and that's

because I did literally like 20

questions in a row in one of my fries

until I was bored of it and I hated it

but it was like very systematic and I

knew exactly what to do so that is now

one of my best topics if you just want

repetitively practice it still got bored

of it until it's really easy and you

don't have to think about it then that

is probably the best way to get it in

your head obviously don't do that for

every topic because it's not always

necessary just for the things that you

know you struggle with and one of the

websites I love but when my teachers

have taught me something I have not got

it and I don't want to go see them after

school because that's awkward sometimes

is exam solutions and I think I might

have spoken about it before but it's

basically a website and it's got a list

of all the different things that you can

learn and you can just go to the topic

and click on the video watch the video

and the guy explains it and he speaks

really slowly so you have to speed it up

otherwise you'll go mad and he'll

explain it and you watched the video and

make those of sense and then he's got a

video and everything and everything in

each topic and then you can go and do

some exam questions and then he has a

video explaining the and

hard to answer each exam question which

I find really useful as I said the

textbook is great get yourself some

textbooks and I've also got revision

guide from C GPL just for I'm buying the

textbooks and might as well buy this as

well don't know if I need it but it's

quite good so if I'm in school I can

just take this in the both years

statistics and mechanics and pure in one

book so it's a lot smaller but it

doesn't really explain stuff as well so

they're still worth getting and it's got

everything very concise in it I've also

got this workbook if there's something

you get but you need like to practice

questions this is really good and it's

got work solutions in the back however I

have found a lot of the questions of

really weird and confusing and I don't

know if that's just cool doesn't

understand the topic but and obviously

as I've said you need to be prepared to

put in the work if you're one of them

people who at GCSE was just smart and

managed to get like eights and nines

about revising you cannot do the a-level

using that attitude still you need to

put in the work because there's a lot of

stuff that you learn and you learn it

very quickly that you'll forget it if

you're not putting in the work yeah that

is kind of my revision advice obviously

I've only done one year of a levels I'll

probably do another video like this but

just the whole a level in its entirety

next year and when I'm at uni which is a

bit scary when I've got my results and

stuff and I have probably worked out

which way is to revise but yeah I think

the revision process is quite similar to

GCSE just you've got to do a lot more of

it I'm just going to talk to you about

how you can prepare over summer if

you've got some homework do that that's

your priority because that's what the

school expects of you and I did this

thing where I bought this textbook and

it was like Head Start - GCSE maths no

Head Start to a level maps and it has a

bridge between GCSE and a-level but I

didn't really do it and it wasn't very

useful I'd have been better to just jump

straight into the a-level stuff because

it's not actually as hard as I thought

it was gonna be I thought it was gonna

be so difficult and I'd need something

to bridge it but you don't a lot of

people ask me about that book but like

honestly I wouldn't bother getting yet

but I never really delve into it

properly wasn't that useful it'd just be

better to buy the textbook and actually

we were going to be doing rather than

like shying away from that it's going to

be hard and there's also in the textbook

I'm at the beginning of each chapter

they've got this prior knowledge check

thing here and this is just like GCSE

stuff that you really should know to be

able to see that chapter so this is like

trigonometry she owes and it's just got

like those of trig triangles and stuff

there and then you can make sure you can

do all of these and then just have a

look at the chapter and see what it is

see what it's about look at some of the

examples maybe even try some questions

just to sort of warm yourself up and see

what it's like and the first couple of

questions of each chapter really easy so

it would actually quite good to do that

but obviously you don't have to nobody's

expecting that of you so if you don't

want to do that that is fine if you feel

very underprepared and you want to do

something to feel that you've prepared

yourself then you can definitely do that

and yeah that is essentially all's like

as I've said Matz is not an easy subject

and I don't want to sugarcoat it but

it's definitely possible if you're

willing to put in the work and you're

willing to like deal with the

frustration and I will put a link to

these books down below in the

description if you would like to buy one

and I'll also link this as well I hope

that was helpful if you have any

questions about maths leave them down

below I'll be sure to answer them if

you've done math all you're doing maths

right now leave me some revision advice

and any websites you recommend and

that's about it I hope you guys have

found this useful and I'll see you soon

for a brand new video bye