Author: Colin

Don’t Panic! How to hold off maths anxiety in your exam

I turned over the paper and froze. Up until that point I'd been convinced that maths was, and always would be, easy. As such, I'd done next to no revision for this paper, which I needed to do well in to qualify for my next year of studies. This, I

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What you need to know for Core 1 maths – a checklist

If you're sitting your first AS-level maths modules next week, you're probably in one of two camps about Core 1: The not-worried camp, thinking "I'll just wing it - I understood most of the stuff from last term, so I should be OK" The frenzied panic camp, thinking "oh shit

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Free-for-all Friday

OK! This is the official first Flying Colours Free-for-all Friday! Cue fanfare! It's your chance to pick my brain about whatever's on your mind about maths. Got a question you've been struggling with? Got a topic you just can't get your head around? Found a great maths resource I might

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Seven ways to revise for a maths exam (plus one)

I never really learned how to revise for a maths exam at school. I'm sure people tried to teach me, but I generally wound up reading passively through my notes, maybe copying them out, and possibly writing big question marks on them in highlighter. It worked ok for me, at

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Seven ways to revise for a maths exam (plus one)

When you've got a maths exam coming up, you need to study for it. Trouble is, you don't know how. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you improve - as Katrina says: I got my results back. My previous exam, i did really badly, but by

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Seven ways to revise for a maths exam (plus one)

I never really learned how to revise for a maths exam at school. I'm sure people tried to teach me, but I generally wound up reading passively through my notes, maybe copying them out, and possibly writing big question marks on them in highlighter. It worked ok for me, at

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In praise of… watching football tournaments at exam time

or, why we need to show exams the red card Oh, Jesus wept. A study shows that in even years - when there's meaningful international football in the summer - boys' exam performances drop. The authors suggest starting the exams earlier so as not to disadvantage football-watchers. Let's leave aside

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Why AV is bad (for the BNP)

I don't think that the benefit to one party or another is a valid reason to pick a voting system - but one of the features of AV is that it tends to select the least objectionable candidate. Here's a simplified example. Let's imagine we have four candidates contesting a

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Bayes’ Theorem, summer babies and that funny | symbol

There's an excellent article by talking about a really interesting probability 'paradox' to do with summer births. It's not really a paradox (as with a lot of probability, it makes perfect sense once you think it through), but the "at least one boy" puzzle was one of my favourites growing

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Earthquake maths: A Whole Log Of Shaking

(Photo courtesy of UN Development Program.) We've had a lot of noticeable earthquakes around the world in the last year or so - Haiti, Chile, New Zealand. Probably no more than usual, except that we notice them more - but that's a topic for another day. Instead, we're going to

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