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At Last I have found the perfect compass! I already had a variety of compasses but all suffered from a fundamental fault: Changing radius midway though drawing an arc.
I have lost count of the number of students who tell me “I’m hopeless at using a compass”. I have come to the conclusion they have been using rubbish compasses!
The Faber-Castell Grip compass isn’t cheap at around £20+P&P but it is really nice to use something that draws perfect arcs, lovely circles, and is really easy to get a good result with.
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I have just tutored a student preparing for this exam and it made a refreshing change. The syllabus for the exam is pretty much the same as for Higher Level GCSE, with a few extras thrown in (Matrices, Functions, Trig indentures and cubics).
The slant of the exam however is different – does the candidate REALLY understand Maths? Can they apply their knowledge to solve completely unfamiliar questions?
Not for the fainthearted, but well worth having a go if you enjoy GCSE Maths and want an extra challenge, especially if you are considering going on to do A Level.
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