Best way to revise maths (GCSE) ?

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so basically i got my maths results today and i failed i got an E but i was doing foundation... i'm gonna resit it during may/june and this time i'm aiming for C but i don't have a clue how to revise? :/ help!

Posted Thu 10th January, 2013 @ 16:32 by sam

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I got an A* in my GCSEs and any help needed you can message me. I tried many different ways so that it can stick. Another option that I used is PowerPoints with a worked example and a couple of fun animation to go throught the key method. The numbers are never going to be the same but the topic will.

After every exam paper, make a list of what you did poorly on and revise it. Pretend your past papers are the real exam and revise and check the mark scheme. If you are desperate for help see your maths teacher and I am sure Ella and I will help. 

Good luck. 

P.s. don't panic you will be fine if you are determined and I can tell by your worry you ill be fine. 

Answered Thu 10th January, 2013 @ 17:55 by Bethany Cunningham
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I did my GCSE maths last year. A few tips that really helped me:

1. Do loads of practice - if you know how to answer the types of questions, then you can easily apply your knowledge.

2. Write a mind map containing key ideas for working out questions - for example the formulas for area or something along those lines.

3. Start revising early in the year (about now) and get learning the work.

4. Don't panic - stressing yourself out will only make you do worse.

5. If you know you got stuck on certain types of questions on the exam - learn them so that you don't get stuck next time.

6. Write a list of all of the topics and cross them off the list once you're sure you know them. Once you;ve done the whole list, go back over the topics. This way you'll know everything.

For the day of the exam:

1. Good thoughts - be optimistic before the exam, don't revise too heavily the day before. Relax and let your brain process all those months of revision.

2. Having a chat with some friends before the exam stimulates your mind and helps your thoughts to be more clear. It also calms you down. Laughing is also good.

3. Don't revise on the day of the exam - your brain will not process this information and you'll just overload your brain.

Good Luck!

Hope this helps : )

Answered Thu 10th January, 2013 @ 17:56 by Tilly - Team GR
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hi, when i did maths for gcse I was so scared cause the exam board was changing the specifiication to somethng a lot harder, so out of my shear fear of failing i learnt some good ways to revise:

  • as tilly said, make a list of every topic you have done, i made the list in the front of my maths book and crossed them off when i had revised them, i managed to do 2 or 3 topics a day, depending on how hard the topic was.
  • when you revise topics make notes on the method and then do a few examples, then try some questions yourself on that topic, you can get these from (but your school needs an account), revision books (CGP or letts are good) or the exam board by looking through past papers, also your teacher may be able to give you some.
  • practice loads! do loads of past papers and if you run out of past papers to do, do them again, especially the questions you didn't do so well on

and a general tip for the exam:

  • even if you get a question where you don't fully know the answer write something down, you may get method or unit marks for it. my teacher told us that there is always a mark for one question where you need to add the correct units in the answer box although the question won't ask you to do this. so even if you don't know the answer to this question, write the units and you will get a mark for it.
  • time yourself, if you get stuck don't hang around on the same question when you have no idea how to answer it, move on to the next one and come back at the end or else you may not have time to get to the end of the paper

good luck

Answered Thu 10th January, 2013 @ 18:24 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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Check out my youtube channel that goes through key topics and then answers the past paper questions on them.  I have also done many past papers to help students revise.

This should help

Mr Hegarty

Answered Sun 13th January, 2013 @ 08:44 by Mr Hegarty
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I got my maths result today too, and don't worry it was a pretty hard paper and apparently the grade boundaries were high. I'd recommend just doing loads of past papers, trying to get every single question right, do textbook exercises, use the MathsWatch CD it is so helpful! If you don't have it, buy it off amazon or something, trust me it's great:) If you need help/tips you can always ask me & a massive good luck for your re-sit!<3

Answered Thu 10th January, 2013 @ 17:48 by Ella
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Thanks a lot guys i will revise as soon as i get my 2 science exams over and done with :)

Answered Thu 10th January, 2013 @ 21:15 by sam
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I would just say do as many questions as possible, especially on subjects that you find difficult as practice is the only way I was able to achieve the grade that I wanted

Answered Sun 13th January, 2013 @ 11:10 by Hannah
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Just do loads of past paper questions and start revision well in advance. That way you will be able to remember and understand it all when it comes to exam instead of revising it all in last minute and not really understanding. Good luck!!

Answered Sun 13th January, 2013 @ 12:03 by BeckyXX
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It might be too late now seen as the other comments are from Jan but I haven't had my maths yet so... anyway we get told to just do loads and loads of questions and I agree because eventually you will just learn how to do it, you might not understand but you'll be able to do that type of question. If you don't know how to do something though look it up in a textbook (your school might have given you one?) and just follow what it says, once you've got it you just have to repeat and repeat until you are a bit more sure about it :) good luck :)

Answered Fri 24th May, 2013 @ 20:55 by Lucy :)
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Thanks a lot guys :)

And hope you all get the results you want x

Answered Wed 22nd May, 2013 @ 19:25 by Crystal Blue ♥
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personally...i know i did maths gcses a while ago...but the only way i feel you can prep for maths is lots of practice...if there is something you find more on that...and then try to improve on your speed too...

Answered Wed 26th February, 2014 @ 19:14 by Namita
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I have my maths exams next week and I have found that the best way to revise now is to watch loads of videos of example questions. This is helping me visualise exactly what I need to do for the questions and how to answer them and get full marks.

Answered Fri 1st November, 2013 @ 10:52 by Caitlin Ward
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Mist I did GCSE Maths a year early and am currently studying further mathematics and I haven't heard of stimulus equations.  I am assuming you mean simultaneous equations??

the objective of a simultaneous equation is to gain an equation with on one algabreic term 

eg. 2x=24

therefore x =12

from something like 2x-y=20

and    x+y=16

if you add these equations to together the y's cancel each other out and you get 3x=36 

from this you can see x=12 

to find y you plug your value of x back in to one the equations 12+y=16 


Answered Sun 16th March, 2014 @ 21:47 by George James Whichello
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I normally take down notes from bbc bitesize and do mind maps, notes, flash cards it really helps

Answered Tue 4th March, 2014 @ 18:55 by char103
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DOES ANYONE HOW TO DO stimulus equations !!!!!!

Answered Sun 9th March, 2014 @ 01:00 by Mist
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Sorry for the late relpy BUT THANK YOU SOO MUCH :)

Answered Fri 18th April, 2014 @ 23:13 by Mist
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My target grade is a C too :( I hate maths... :P  I would say: practice, and practice lots of it...
I keep doing the harder stuff, getting my teacher to check it, until I can do it .
But getting revision book with all the basic skills laid out in a simple fashion really helps- 
But yeah, basically practice papers are the way to go.        

Answered Sat 19th April, 2014 @ 20:48 by Aliya:)
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 try using MY MATHS CD ... its really usefull, i got really good grade for last year by using CD

the cd shows you how to do each topic and gives your question and also further worksheet

Answered Mon 21st April, 2014 @ 23:12 by Mist
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Hi, Ive got a maths exam this november, and I got a B, I really want an A, but i dont know how to revise.

Answered Thu 9th October, 2014 @ 09:16 by santhiya
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how do you make notes for maths 

and how do you revise for the new gcse?

Answered Mon 25th September, 2017 @ 20:10 by BhavikaLD