When I was eleven years old, it was a very good year, and I can remember my daily routine vividly. These were the years before I owned a Sony Playstation, and I used to venture to my friends house - everyday after school - to watch him play through Final...
The timer is your biggest enemy. Get the high scores by finishing levels as quickly as possible.
That said, you don't die if the timer runs out. You just lose points.
You might have to backtrack to find all the coins.