It is important to maximise your chances of doing well in the subjects that are most important to you. Maths and English are arguably the most important subjects that you take at the GCSE level no matter what you do after your GCSE exams. It is therefore important that extra time be devoted to the GCSE maths revision. When writing out your revision timetable, it is important that you do some GCSE maths revision on most, if not all, the days that feature in your timetable. The actual amount of time allocated to GCSE maths revision maybe as little as half an hour on some days, but will obviously need to be a lot more on others.

When allocating time to GCSE maths revision ensure that the important maths topics are covered in morning sessions. The majority of people are more alert in the morning than they are in the afternoon. If you are having problems with particular maths topics, you are more likely to overcome these problems in a morning rather than afternoon session. Although this is not true of all people, it is good advice for the majority of students. This is also true for those of you who find maths difficult. Do not allocate your GCSE maths revision to times when you are likely to be distracted by other events. GCSE maths revision needs to be done when your brain is functioning at its best. If you do GCSE maths revision for an hour but have not been able to concentrate properly then that hour has probably been wasted.

]]>It is important when planning your GCSE maths revision to ensure that all the topics in the maths syllabus at the level of maths that you are studying for the maths GCSE exam are covered in your maths revision schedule. It is very easy to leave out some of the maths topics because you believe that your understanding of them is great and that they will present no difficulty in the GCSE maths exams. This is inadvisable for two reasons.

First, if you don’t include these topics in your GCSE maths revision schedule, a minor detail may slip your mind and cause you to lose marks on a question on that particular maths topic in the GCSE maths exam.

Second, you need to ensure that you can answer every possible question on the maths topics that you find easiest so that this enables you to get the maximum number of marks in the minimum amount of time which in turn leaves extra time for the more difficult questions in the maths GCSE exam.

Maths GCSE revision needs to be well-planned to ensure that all the maths topics are given enough maths revision time to ensure that you maximise your chances of a good grade in the Maths GCSE exam.

]]>In this blog the word “units” will refer to centimetres, metres etc, so there will be square units and cubic units, as this makes the explanations easier.

When doing your GCSE maths revision on topics associated with areas and volumes, the first thing to do with each question is to look at the units of the measurements that have been given to you and the units that are required in the answers. If there are any measurements where the units differ, highlight them immediately.

If the units do not differ, then continue with the question.

If the units of the measurements given to you differ, then you have to decide which measurement(s) have to be changed and this must be done before you do any calculations.

If the measurements given to you have the same units but you are required to calculate an area or volume giving the answer in different square or cubic units, change all the measurements before you do any calculations. It is easier to change the units of linear measurements than those of square or cubic measurements.

If you are required to calculate a linear measurement using a linear measurement and a square measurement that have different units, change the units of the linear measurement.

If you are required to calculate a linear measurement using two linear measurements and a cubic measurement, change one or both linear measurements so that all the measurements have the same units as the cubic measurement.

It is important when doing your GCSE maths revision that you practise these strategies. You must ensure that there is uniformity throughout the units in all GCSE maths questions that require the calculation of any units of measurement.

Remember when doing your GCSE maths revision that attention to minor details will ensure you lessen the chances of stupid errors in the actual GCSE maths exams.

]]>When doing your GCSE maths revision you must allocate time to practise rounding answers to a certain number of decimal places and also to a certain number of significant figures. Generally the two concepts are quite easy to master, but do take the time to practise because there are situations where the rounding can be tricky especially when there are zeros at the beginning or the end of the number.

The second piece of advice relates to the actual GCSE maths questions. When first reading through a question in the GCSE maths exam, check to see if the question requires the answer to be rounded to a specific number of decimal places or significant figures. If it does, highlight the fact straightaway. This should help you remember to do the rounding at the end of the question or it may alert you to check that the question has been rounded off correctly when you check through your answers at the end of the GCSE maths exam. You need to put this procedure into practice when doing any question during your GCSE maths revision. You would be amazed if you were told the number of marks that had been lost by candidates failing to round off answers correctly in GCSE maths exams. Ensure you don’t lose any marks for this particular error by adopting a strategy when you do your GCSE maths revision to alert you to this particular request in questions in the GCSE maths exams.

]]>The first step is to draw the diagram. Put the measurements that you have been given on to the diagram. Ensure that you label the right angle. Often these things will have been done already.

The next thing to do is to mark in the measurement that you have been asked to calculate, call it “x”. It could be an angle or a side.

The next step is to find the side that is opposite the right angle and mark it “H” for hypotenuse.

The next step is to find the side opposite the angle which is either marked “x”, because it is to be calculated, or has a value, because it is to be used to calculate the length of one of the sides. Mark this side “O” for opposite.

The next step is to mark the third side “A” for adjacent.

Now decide which two sides are needed for the calculation. These will either be the two sides for which you have measurements or one side for which you have a measurement and the one marked “x”.

The two sides will either be “A” and “O” (use the formula for Tan) or “A” and “H” (use the formula for Cos) or “O” and “H” (use the formula for Sin).

Write down the formula you are going to use and fill in the values you know. You should then be able to calculate the missing value.

This procedure may seem lengthy but if you get into the habit of using it when you are doing your GCSE maths revision it will become second nature and should ensure that you always use the correct trigonometrical formula.

If you have found trigonometry to be hard, this may simplify things. Breaking a procedure into logical steps can make things easier. When doing your GCSE maths revision ensure that you set aside time to master this topic. Trigonometry is always tested in at least one of the GCSE maths exams, so ensure that you give yourself the opportunity to score full marks on this particular maths topic.

]]>When doing your GCSE maths revision I would suggest that you initially do every third or fourth maths question. This will ensure that you have plenty of the maths questions to come back to for GCSE maths revision nearer the actual GCSE Maths exams. If you are struggling with one of the GCSE maths topics then you will obviously need to do more of the maths questions.

The blogs on the pixymaths web-site will be updated regularly and so suggestions for any material for these blogs that relates to GCSE maths revision is most welcome and I will try to incorporate it in future blogs.

Perhaps the most important thing for all those taking their GCSE maths in the Summer is to ensure that any maths revision is started sooner rather than later. You will always perform better in the GCSE maths exams if you are very familiar with the GCSE maths concepts and can answer a wide variety of questions based on those concepts.

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