The gap between GCSE and A-Level maths is huge and however confident and easy you may have found GCSE maths, students who study A-Level tend to get a shock due to the intensity of the course. It is vital that students understand the foundations of the subject and love algebra because these are the areas that are built on over the course of the two years.
My speciality is tutoring students who sit the Edexcel exam.
From September 2017, the new A-Level curriculum require students to sit their exams at the end of the two-year period. Students will be given three papers:
Paper 1: Pure mathematics.
Paper 2: Pure mathematics.
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics.
Each paper will be two hours, and will test the students on their knowledge on the whole two-year course.
My Advice on A-Level maths studying and tutoring
Don't leave it until it's too late. If your child is struggling at the beginning of their A-Level course, then act straight away, as it's very easy to fall behind if concepts such as graphs, trigonometry, indicies and factorising were not fully understood at GCSE-level. The knowledge on these topics form the foundations of A-level, and all too often it is assumed that a student who selected A-Level maths is fully competent in all topics at GCSE-level.