Course introduction – Platinum
Welcome to the “Flying Start to A-level Maths” course, Personal Platinum edition.
This course is divided into sections:
Part 1: Fractions, surds, indices, vectors
Part 2: Algebra (the biggest part of the course!)
Part 3: Coordinate geometry and graphs
Part 4: Trigonometry
Part 5: Statistics: Data handling
Part 6: Statistics: Probability
Part 7: Mechanics
You can see a full list of all the lessons if you go to the Self-paced Silver course page.
Each section contains the relevant videos, accompanying worksheets with full model solutions and sometimes additional supporting resources too.
And in addition, on the Personal Platinum package you get a weekly 30-minute 1-to-1 tutorial.
There is over 10 hours of pre-recorded video content. The video lessons are typically around 20 minutes long, but each one has numerous opportunities for you to pause the playback and practise answering questions, which means that using the videos properly will take considerably longer than just the playback time. If you do this then you’ll gain MUCH more benefit than if you were to simply watch them straight through.
In general it makes sense to work through the lessons in the order they are listed, but there are a couple of exceptions (such as Pythagoras being needed for straight lines and vectors). If you’d like a suggested schedule for completing the course over a 10-week period then you can download one in PDF form by clicking on the image below:
After working through each lesson, take a break from that topic for a day or two and then try the worksheet. Check your answers against the model solutions and re-do any bits that you got wrong.
If you’re confident that you don’t need to work through the lesson for a section then go straight to the relevant worksheet and do that. If you’re able to complete it and get the right answers without difficulty then you’re probably OK to skip that lesson.
Don’t worry too much if there are a few bits you struggle with; you’re unlikely to be alone. This course covers all the relevant top-end (Grade 8/9) content of the GCSE, and on most A-level courses students are accepted with a Grade 7, so some time on the A-level course will be given over to getting everyone up to speed on these areas… but of course the more secure your knowledge beforehand, the easier you’ll find it.
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