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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi Steveb yes I do not know about negative numbers and how to plot them ok can you show me please

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Children are not defined by school ...........The Fonz

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**SteveB****Member**- Registered: 2013-03-07
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*Last edited by SteveB (2015-04-15 22:46:19)*

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi all mandy newland here just wondering if anyone is there that know me? If so could thay send me a message back please? I am now thinking about do maths again and I am ready to get down to it in a big way ok? so could I have some advice on what to do next please?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Mandy;

How are you and how are you doing? There are some exercises in post #1853.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi bobbym steveb bob buddy hope you are all ok i am back after sorrying my salf out after the lose of my dad ok i what to get my maths gcse so my self and dad would if been pleased if i get it ok so what sjould i do please please can you all help me send me a message back

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Wait for SteveB.

If you need to just talk please join in on one of the other threads.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi mandy here if steveb ot bob buddy is there have you read my message if so can you leave a message on here or send me an email back today to say what i should do next please please

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**SteveB****Member**- Registered: 2013-03-07
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Hi Mandy it's nice to hear from you.

Edit: One of the problems with you learning maths at a serious level is that you often stop suddenly.

You will probably find that you forget quite a lot of what you learn if you stop for a long time.

I recommend that you re-read post 1853 and attempt the exercise and also attempt the exercise

further down this page. You are welcome to return and do some more maths on this thread.

Regarding the daily diary idea that you had, there is no need to make it every day,

but perhaps every so often you should give us a bit of feedback including what you are stuck on,

your attempt to any exercises that we have set, and any thoughts on how easy

or difficult you are finding the exercises.

You can also start off a discussion which might lead to you getting a better understanding

of the maths that you are trying to do.

I could continue to give you exercises on various topics and discuss any areas where you are having difficulty.

A few thoughts on what topics to do are:

(1) Finish off graphs and point plotting

(2) Do some work on arithmetic involving negative numbers

(3) Powers and indices (squares, cubes, 4th powers etc)

(4) Approximations and rounding

(5) Prime numbers, factors and fractions

Obviously there are many other topics that you would have to do for GCSE maths.

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**David****Member**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hey Mandy,

Nice to hear from you again. Listen to what SteveB told you to do. You can ask for our help if you need it.

David (I am Chris).

Meaningless, meaningless, Everything is meaningless! - Ecclesiastes 1:2

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi david (chris) mandy here I was not sure what to put David or chris ok nice to hear from you ok I will listen to what steveb has put ok do you have any more to add to this or not? I will do a dayley dairy on here if you think it will help can you send me a message back today please

hi david (chris) mandy here hope you read my message hope you have an aswer for me if so send message back please

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi bob buddy mandy here you sent me a message early today sorry I didn't get to read it all and then I lost it could you send it to me again please thank you?

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**SteveB****Member**- Registered: 2013-03-07
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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi mandy here I what to write a dayleydairy on here as bob buddy said it is a good idea but I don't know how to start and what should I put in it each day can anyone help me out?

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Example diary:

date: Thursday, 23rd July. Time spent on maths work: 1 hour 30 mins.

Topic: plotting points on a graph.

OK with (3,4) and 7,2) but I don't know what to do with (-3,4) and (-1,-5)

Topic: practise at times tables

I can get 20 multiplications correct in 103 seconds. Target for tomorrow is under 90 seconds.

Topic:

percentages. I am trying to change fractions into percentages but I'm not sure if I'm doing them right.

Here's my answers to 5 questions: .......................etc etc

Bob

Children are not defined by school ...........The Fonz

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi mandy newland here I have desied to come back and try to get my math gcse this year if anyone knows me can they send a message back on here please ? and alsao tell me a good maths gcse course to do please ?

*Last edited by mandy jane (2017-01-04 04:55:49)*

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi mandy jane;

Happy New Year!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi administrator mandy here happy new year hope you are ok do you know a good maths course to do or not ? send message back please ?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I generally do not interfere in a thread when other members are helping someone. Too many cooks, spoil the broth as pappym used to say. My suggestion would be to go over everything from the beginning of this thread as a kind of review. Then post your new questions.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi bobbym thank you for your help anyone else out there that can help me or not ?

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**Mathegocart****Member**- Registered: 2012-04-29
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Mandy; happy New Year, cherished, jovial person! Here are some beneficial tips about studying... http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/Extras/S … yMath.aspx

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy Jane,

Happy New Year!

In the past you started with great determination but after a few weeks stopped posting and so progress ground to a halt. As you know there's a lot to learn. Pupils between 15 and 16 typically get 3 lessons a week and 2 homeworks over a 2 year period. I think you'll need more than that as you've been out of touch with school for so long.

The exam structure changed yet again in 2015. Here's a link to the latest specification from EdExcel

http://qualifications.pearson.com/conte … cation.pdf

There are two levels (higher and foundation). It used to be the case that the maximum grade achievable from foundation was a 'C'. They seem to have dropped letters for grades and substituted numbers. It looks like the old grade C is now called grade 5. The space for grade descriptions is empty at the moment so I'll have to do some more checking about this. Assuming I've got it right then the level to go for is foundation. There are 3 exam papers.

The spec. lists everything you have to know for both levels with the harder stuff in bold print. I don't think there is much difference between the courses offered by the three exams boards because they are restricted by the National Curriculum and by the exam quality control watchdog.

To take an exam you have to register at an exam centre. Secondary schools are always centres but usually only with one exam board. They will charge to register you as an external candidate. If we can prove you have learning difficulties then some extra facilities are available eg. large print papers, coloured overlays, even extra time and a writer if you have difficulty with reading and writing. But you have to be able to prove that any of these things is justified. The school where I taught has a very strong special needs department and I did speak to them last time about this for you so there would be some advantage registering with them. It's no further in travel terms than the place where you were registered when you last had a go at the exams.

This thread is full of study suggestions and help with topics. As bobbym has said it would be a good idea to go over all of that first. I will try to help you with this, but I would like a promise from you that you'll maintain your efforts and not give up after a few posts.

Best wishes,

Bob

Children are not defined by school ...........The Fonz

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi bob bundy mandy here I have looked at what you sent me and yes I will maintain my efforts and not give up after a few posts ok ? so what would be a good time table to make so I know what I am to learn each day then ? can you send a message back to let me know please? if anyone elase can help then please do ok ?

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi mandy here hope everyone had a good Christmas and new year ? I did ? and now I have desied to come back and get my gcse maths I know it will be hard but I what to get it as soon as I can ok? if anyone out there can give me some help please ? I will just to say I have dysilexic so one thing I fined hard is to rember things ? has anyone got any tips on this? if so leave a message on here or email me ok ?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Glad you had a good holiday. When I was much younger I used to play around with the Jerry Lucas - Harry Lorayne Memory Book. Even though my memory was almost photographic being able to memorize whole texts the night before exams I checked their book out because I wanted to see how they did it. Whether there was some system involved that everyone could use. They proved to me they had a system by which anyone could have a good memory.

Now back then their book cost 30 cents, now Ama_on and other vultures want 39.99 for a paperback!!!!!!! A paperback!!!!! Over 120 times the cost!!!!! Shameless greed! On the one hand government sobs and whines about how poorly are kids are doing. How college grads can not read past the 4th grade level and on the other they let greed mongers rob the consumer.

Anyway, if some maggot has not already robbed or burned it, you might find it at the local library. Maybe they have an audiobook available.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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