How to revise for GCSE Mathematics
1) First make sure you know what the examination will be testing. Check the specification or ask your teacher which topics you will need to revise. Make sure you know which tier you have been entered for - foundation or higher – as well as which module and exam board.
2) Don't leave your revision to the last minute. Plan it well. Break it down into sections and topics.
3) Remember: you learn Mathematics by doing, not just reading. You should always have a pen in your hand.
4) Make your own summary notes from your notebook. Some people learn best by
- Writing out things a number of times
- Putting sticky notes around the room and walking about as they read them.
- Explaining their work to someone else (a friend, your parents, the mirror!)
You can use different coloured paper or pens. You could use a spider diagram or write a list of the main points.
5) Make a summary sheet with all the formulae you need to learn. e.g. volumes of shapes. Check which formulae are on the formulae sheet that you will be given in the exam.
6) Use the examples you have in your notebook to revise:
a) cover over the solution and try to do the question yourself
b) if you need help, uncover the first line of the solution to see if you can get started.
c) practise using a protractor and compasses
Repeat examples again and again until you can do them without looking at the method.
7) The best way to revise maths is by doing lots of questions!!
So practise your maths by using
- a textbook
- test questions
- homework sheets
- past paper questions.
Exam boards have past papers on their websites along with the mark schemes. This is the most important resource for your revision. Do as many past papers as you can, even tackling them more than once. Develop your skills by using past exam questions and answering them within the set time.
Remember to check your answers. There is no point in practising lots of questions if you don’t know if you are getting them right!
8) Use other websites. There are many good sites which give explanations and worked examples to help you understand and learn, including videos.
9) When revising, you should always take a note of questions or topics you don’t understand and then ask for help from your teacher.
The main point to remember is that:
10) The best way to revise maths is to practise!!
Sharon Robinson is head of maths at Regent House