GCSE Maths Revision Hints and Tips
Have a revision timetable
Try and find somewhere to revise
Create a revision file
Use past papers, revision guides, maths revision flash cards, workbooks and revision DVDs
Work through past papers
Make sure you have the correct maths equipment
If your school offers revision sessions, go to them
Look for additional marks in the maths exam.
Start early. Don't leave it until your school starts maths revision sessions. Revise thoroughly for every class test, this ideally includes year 10. When it comes to revision for the real examinations you will already be ahead of the game. February half term is traditionally the time when you should start fully revising.
Have a revision timetable and stick to it. Build in breaks and time off. Be honest with yourself. If you regularly play sports on Saturdays, are you going to revise? However, if you want the best possible grade, sacrifices may have to be made.
Try and find somewhere to revise. An ideal place is where you have no distractions (TV / Playstation / Xbox).
Create a revision file. Keep past papers, mock examinations and revision notes in here. Review it regularly.
Use past maths papers, revision guides, maths revision flash cards, workbooks and revision DVDs.
Past papers for your exam board can easily be obtained online using a search engine. Get the mark scheme. Revision guides and workbooks must be purchased. Be careful about using your older sibling’s revision guide and workbook from a few years ago. The maths syllabus and the style of the examination paper changes regularly. Maths flash cards can be made yourself, but let’s be honest, apart from formulas, do you know the syllabus well enough to cover the topics that appear regularly in the exams.
Work through the the past papers. Check your answers with a mark scheme. Identify which questions you are having difficulty with. Work on these topics. Look for the key words in the question and look them up online, on your flash cards, in the index of your revision guide. Look for similar questions to the ones you could not do. Work on these problems. Make sure you seek advice if you are stuck. If you can’t do these problems now, you will not be able to do them in the exam.
You may want to work through the past papers in small chunks. This is especially true if you are regularly coming up against questions you cannot do and need to research them. However, as you progress through your revision you need to build up the time until you are working on the paper for the full allotted time. This is usually about 1 hour and 45 minutes. You can then work on timing. Can you complete the paper in the allotted time? If you have time spare, practice reviewing your answers to check for careless errors.
Make sure you have the correct maths equipment. You need a calculator, a decent compass, a protector (360 degree version is ideal for bearings), black pens, a ruler and HB pencils. It is no use buying a new calculator a few days before the examination and finding out you do not know how to use it. The latest calculators have many functions your parents will have never seen. Functions can include features such as real world displays and coordinate generators for equations of lines. They can solve quadratics equations, solve simultaneous equations and more. They are exam legal and the exam board know they exist. This is why they expect to see the full working out to award the marks. They can still be useful to check answers. Get one and find out how to use the features.
If your school offers revision sessions, go to them. Your teachers will have a very good idea of the types of questions asked in the maths examinations. They do this every year. Your teachers have a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
Look for additional marks in the maths exam. If you are trying to achieve the highest grades, you need to be able to be fully familiar with every topic. However, if you are trying to achieve a C or a B, do not think that you cannot achieve marks on the questions at the end of the paper. Look for key words such as bounds. If you see this simply writing the higher and lower bound of each number could achieve a mark. There is often a vector question at the end of the paper. The first part is often achievable.
If you do all of the above to revise for your maths examination, you will be working hard. You can be sure that whatever grade you achieve, you really did try your best.