Times Schoolgate Article
Sarah Ebner, May 25 2011 9:45AM
I pity, most sincerely, all those poor people currently doing exams. You’re probably in the thick of them, with more to come. But pity can’t really help you. Maths revision tips should be of more use… Not being an expert maths tutor myself, I’ve turned to real life and online maths tutor, Rebecca Johnson to help.
So, here’s Rebecca with her top tips on revising for the upcoming GCSE in maths and what you should do in the exam itself to ensure success.
MATHS REVISION TOP TIPS
1. Top TIP!!!: You can only learn maths by DOING it – and lots of it! After all, practice makes perfect.
2. Set up a timetable for revision.
3. Learn the basics well before tackling the harder topics
4. If you do not understand, ask for help. Teachers are there for you.
5. Make sure you take regular exercise and get plenty of quality sleep.
6. If you come up against a problem, write it down and remember to visit it again and again for practice.
7. Little and often is the way. Don’t expect to cram it all in at the end.
8. Learn your formulae (even though you have a sheet). If they are in your memory you will be much faster!
9. Even during revision, make sure you show all stages of working. Good habits start early. If you don’t do it in revision, you won’t remember to do it in the exam.
10. And Finally – do not expect to ever finish your revision – there is always more you can do and it’s never too late!!!
DURING THE MATHS EXAM:
1. Remember, on long questions, there are more marks for working, than for the answer. Even if you feel you might have gone wrong don’t scribble out your method, you could gain some valuable marks.
2. Make sure you have all the right equipment – calculator (if it is a calculator exam!) compass, protractor, sharpened pencils ( plus spares), rubber, a ruler and pens.
3. Remember the paper you are taking will just be like any other you have been practicing so don’t panic. A hard paper will be hard for everyone.
4. Read the whole question before answering. Don’t just rely on the diagram!
5. If it is a “wordy” question, draw a diagram and highlight important/ key words. Stuckonhomework.com is the UK’s first video-based online teaching tool. The website was launched earlier this year and provides comprehensive homework help (in video form) for GCSE students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.