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    hello there ,
    I am really looking forward to starting at Warsash (HND Deck officer training) in September providing I get my GCSE Maths C grade next week. The only thing is that im really nervous if ill be able to keep up with the pace of other students as maths isn't my best point. Without sounding big headed I thnk I have all the qualities needed except im not so hot at maths. Any reassurance is greatly accepted.

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    work through the maths disc sent in the joining instructions and you should be prepared...

    it wont all be dumped onto you, the maths skills will be progressive and you'll learn them bit by bit

    best of luck... i remember 2007 when i got my results for GCSE's
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    • #3
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      • #4
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        Thanks for the advice and just a quick question, are you allowed to take your own notes into your induction exam at the start of term?

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        • #5
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          Well your in kind of the same position as me i got a c in my maths GCSE last year seems as long as you work through that disc it will be ok

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          • #6
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            has anyone ever been kicked off after terrible results from the aptitude test? o.O
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            • #7
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              If you mean the initial test to assess how much help you need to do the course... then the answer has been repeated several times now...
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              • #8
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                The maths test is important, but not something to be anxious about if you?ve worked through the CD or recently completed GCSE (or above) maths. It gives us an idea of the overall mathematical ability of you (and also your cohort). You will not be "kicked off" if your score is very poor, but you may be asked to complete additional work to bring your skills up to the level required. Very occasionally, in consultation with you and your sponsor, we may look at moving you from FD to HND (or HND to FD for very good results). This depends on vacancies in the courses, and what we think will give you the best chance of success.

                We?re getting very close to the start of term now. If you haven?t worked through the maths CD, please do so - it should help you. There are maths lessons during the courses, but the sooner you can get to grip with the maths, which is needed, the sooner you can concentrate on the more nautical subjects!

                @ Dan.H - The test is a closed book exam ? no books or notes are allowed!
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                • #9
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                  Formulas are given though I am guessing?
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                  • #10
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                    I'm not sure if it's that kind of test...

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                    Power Series, Hyperbolic Functions, and Calculus is as far it might go.
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                    • #11
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                      Just a note to the HND tutorials on the CD the first one contains some errors in the answers. All the others are fine - just seems to be the first tutorial.

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                      • #12
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                        Formulae are generally given where appropriate, but in this test, it's the mathematical skills that are important, eg multiplying or dividing fractions, correct use of BODMAS etc rather than applying formulae.

                        As a good rule of thumb for any maths based exam at this level, if you can remember the formulae, you've probably put in enough work to get a good pass mark!
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                        • #13
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                          UK_academic - do HND to FD moves happen much? I don't have any UCAS points so can't go directly on to the FD, but this is mainly because I didn't take my school leaving exams despite doing all the coursework, which is a bit of a pain because academically speaking it's "all there", I just don't have the paper to prove it!
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                          • #14
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                            Hi CD,

                            It does happen, but not very often - it's down to aptitude and availability of places! If you haven?t done any maths for a few years, IMHO the HND is a very good route for a deck officer. You?ll get quite a bit more maths tuition at a more gentle rate to help you lean, recall and use the techniques!
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                            • #15
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                              Thanks for the reply.

                              I've done some maths recently via an Open Uni short course in Maths for Science and I'm pretty conversant with the maths on the CD for HND and FD, suppose it's a case of "see how it goes"! I just fear being "bored" on the HND, which I know sounds very snooty, but I don;t mean it that way of course!
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