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Maths Revision tips.
Ali Phillips is a maths and information technology teacher. Her advice on maths revision:
- Check your syllabus so that you know what topics you need to cover. Make sure you know which tier you have been entered for - foundation,intermediate or higher.
- Find out which formulae is printed on your exam paper and which onesyou have to learn.
- Go through your syllabus. Make a list of topics you have trouble with.Find some work on these topics - either ask your teacher, use your textbook, a GCSE revision book, or a website such as the BBC Bitesize website.
- Start with simple examples until you are sure you know what you are doing. Move onto more difficult examples. If you are doing the intermediate or higher tier, use the foundation papers for some practice.
- Work through past papers from your teacher, or a revision book. Some exam boards have sample papers on their websites. The best way to revise maths is to practise!!
- Ask your teacher for some practice aural papers (mental maths). Find a friend or relative to go through them with you.
- Don't leave your revision to the last minute. Plan it well. Break it down into sections and topics. You need strong foundations in basic maths to build on.
- Make sure you have the correct equipment, 2 pens, 2 pencils, ruler (with scale visible), eraser, sharpener, compasses (that work and don't slip), protractor (360o ones are best, you can use them for measuring angles, scale drawings and bearings), calculator (with new batteries in). If you know how to use a graphical calculator and you are sitting the higher tier, then it is best to use one for your exam. Make sure you know how different functions like sin, cos, tan, square root, statistical functions work on your calculator.
- When you are allowed to start your exam, take a few minutes to settle down. Read the paper through carefully. Find a question you are comfortable with starting, even if it is near to the end of the paper. Read a question through, read it again and underline any important information, decide what calculation you need to carry out, show all your working, even if you are using a calculator; you get marks for your method if it is correct. Write your answer in the correct space and if necessary round the answer to an appropriate degree of accuracy.
- Leave yourself enough time to thoroughly check your working answers.
Rayner: GCSE Maths Revision and Practice (foundation, intermediate and higher available) published by Oxford.
Maths Co-ordination Group - all tiers available.
BBC GCSE Bitesize
EDEXCEL (London) http://www.edexcel.org.uk/
AQA (NEAB, SEG, AEB) http://www.aqa.org.uk
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