Making sense of maths at A-level and beyond

Hi, I’m Colin, and I’m here to help you make sense of maths.

I don’t care about your exam results. I care about helping you become a good mathematician.

You can get through GCSE fairly well with a collection of tricks and hacks. I’ve written about many of them.

If you try and get through A-level the same way, it’s going to be tough going. It’s not impossible, it’s just very hard.

  • You spend ages on your homework.
  • You get low marks
  • You look at the solutions and say “I’d never have thought of that!”
  • You fall behind
  • You figure you’ll catch up in the holidays. Somehow, you don’t ever catch up

It doesn’t have to be that way.

If you understand the underlying principles and how topics fit together, something clicks.

  • A lightbulb goes on
  • You start to get an x-ray vision for problems
  • You start to see options you didn’t see before
  • You start to grow in confidence
  • You start to think of the things you’d never have thought of
  • You might even get the occasional “oo!” that goes with solving or realising something especially neat

Suddenly, you’re a mathematician!

This site is full of resources to move you towards those lightbulb moments. Feel free to browse around, or if you don’t know where to start, here would be an excellent place.

You’re not doing A-level to get a certificate. You’re doing A-level because you want to do something down the line - a course, or a career - that requires you to think like a mathematician.

I care about getting you to a place where maths becomes clearer and easier for you. Once you’re there, exam results will take care of themselves.

Want to get started? Start here.