This Is The Best Way To Revise GCSE Maths
Amy studied at the University of Bristol and is our revision blog guru. She only graduated recently so understands the pressures of being a student better than most, and is here to share her wisdom so that you revise effectively, smash your exams, succeed at school and write cracking university and job applications.
With your GCSE Maths exam just around the corner, we thought it might be helpful to send across our top tips for revising Maths, so you can do your absolute best when you sit down in the exam hall. If you’re still feeling a little bit nervous or underprepared, these revision techniques will make all the difference.
1. Practice GCSE Maths Topic Questions
Topic questions allow you to focus on one subject area at a time, which means you can gain a better understanding of that topic, and identify any gaps in your knowledge.
At this stage in the game, focus on the topic areas you find most difficult, answering our Topic Question packs and checking your answers against our Model Answers and Video Solutions. By the time you sit your exam, you’ll feel far more confident with those tricky topics after lots of targeted practice.
2. Practice GCSE Maths Past Papers
By now you probably already know what we’re going to say, but it bears repeating: past papers are an invaluable resource when it comes to revising GCSE Maths (and all other subjects, for that matter). We have both Edexcel GCSE Maths past papers and OCR GCSE Maths past papers available, so everyone is covered.
It’s really important that you practise as many past papers as you possibly can before going into your exam, as they allow you to use what you’ve learnt and apply it to the real exam format. You’ll also be able to spot the areas where you’re weakest, and do some extra revision before the real thing.
Past papers will also help you with the timing of your exam. Set aside time to complete past papers in exam conditions: in silence, in the time-frame specified, without any distractions. This will help you figure out how long to spend on each question depending on the number of marks available, so you can be sure to finish the exam in time.
Ideally, you should be leaving time to finish your exam and then check through every answer thoroughly at least twice.
Past papers also allow you to become familiar with the exam setup before the real thing; so that when the time comes, you’ll feel prepared.
3. Watch our GCSE Maths Revision Videos
Our revision videos and video solutions have been created by our resident Maths expert, Simon. He has twenty-four years of teaching experience under his belt, and has also been an Edexcel examiner, so knows exactly what examiners want to see. Therefore, our GCSE Maths revision videos can be relied upon to take you through every component of your GCSE Maths exam, telling you exactly what you need to know.
The revision videos are a particularly useful resource if you are feeling unsure about one particular topic, and would like it explained in a clear and concise format – almost as if your teacher were explaining it to you!
Our video solutions walk you through the answers to Topic Questions, so you can see precisely where you want wrong.
Our engaging videos are divided into topics and sub-topics, so you can pick and choose the areas you want to focus on. They’ll help you ensure you’re up to speed across the board before walking into your exam.
4. Pay attention to our Model Answers
All of our Topic Questions and Past Paper packs come with Model Answers, written by our exam experts. These allow you to see what the best possible answer looks like, so you can work out precisely where you went wrong, and why.
Pinpointing exactly where and why you lost marks is crucial, as it means you can correct your mistakes and avoid making them again in the real thing. It’s important to correct the small stuff, as it all adds up!
Our Model Answers are written for you – the student – so are clear, colour-coded, and easy to follow.
5. Check out the Save My Exams blog
If you’re reading this you’re already here, so well done! But here’s a reminder that our Save My Exams blog is written by people who were once in the exact same position as you. They’ve been through their GCSEs and beyond and know exactly what it’s like, so know the most effective ways for you to revise.
Our blog has articles on everything from Problem Solving in Maths, to minimising stress and juggling lots of subjects. If you need a bit of extra help and motivation, check out or blog for some sound advice and reassurance.