How To Revise: Maths

My first post series! I feel like we’ve hit a milestone with this aha.

With GCSEs looming ever closer, some of us may be feeling a bit lost or stuck, not knowing how to revise or best spend the time revising. So, I decided that making these posts every week or couple of weeks would really help some people with their revision. In the series, I will be talking through the revision methods that I use to revise the chosen subject and how well it works for me. This is just my opinion and the methods that work for me, and some may not work for you, and that’s completely fine. We all learn differently, and need more or less exposures to the information before we learn or understand it. It’s different for everyone, and it definitely sucks, but that’s life.

First we have Maths; my all-time favourite subject. I look forward to revising Maths, and probably neglect my other subjects so I can do more of it, which is definitely not great. There are quite a few resources I use for different aspects of the content, and I’ll get into them all.

The most frequent resource I use is a website called Hegarty Maths. It has videos and quizzes on over 900 skills, and each video has multiple worked examples, where Mr Hegarty talks through each step you have to do, very simply, and the corresponding quizzes have questions very similar to the examples in the video too. It’s perfect for learning new skills, or refreshing your memory on things you haven’t done in lesson in a while. The only downside of it is that it can only be bought by schools, and it is quite expensive, but I do think it is worth it. If your school offers it, I highly recommend that you use it, because it is so helpful. Don’t worry if you don’t have it, because there’s another website called Corbett Maths, which has videos, worksheets, past papers and much more.

As well as all of the processes and steps you need to remember, there are also quite a lot of formulas and equations to learn. To learn these, I highly recommend making flashcards for them, and then going over them maybe once or twice a week, for about 10 minutes. Even though they do take some time to make, they’re so easy to carry with you and use on the go, and you can spend so little time using them, but still remember the information. What I did was I asked my teacher if they could get me a list of all of the formulas that you need to learn, and make flashcards on all of them.

Also using flashcards, write some of the more complex formulas in felt tip, quite large on the card, and stick them in places you will notice them regularly. For example, I have the formulas for the Sine and Cosine Rule and the Quadratic Formula on cards next to my mirror, because it’s in the centre of my wall and I look at the mirror constantly. You can also put them in the bathroom, the fridge and anywhere else. It may not feel like revision, but trust me, you will remember them. You just need constant exposure to the information, and when you look at them enough, the image of them will basically be burned into your brain.

This is probably the most important way to revise any subject, not just maths, and it’s past papers. The reason they’re near the bottom of this list is because you need to have learnt the information before you can attempt the questions. As soon as you feel confident in answering a range of questions, find exam papers online. It’s so easy; all you have to do is open the web browser and search your “GCSE Maths (your exam board) past papers) and there will be 100s of results for you. They’re so useful to see what your weak areas are, as well as just general practice of answering exam style questions, which is ultimately what you need to do. You can get your teachers to mark them for you, or you can easily find the mark scheme online too, so you can mark it yourself, either way, GET IT MARKED! You won’t know where you need to improve if you don’t know what you got wrong in the first place.

I hope these strategies were useful to you, as ways to revise or just some motivation to get some work done. Good luck with your revision!

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