First things, first. Check the mark schemes. This is one the most overlooked parts of Maths revision, and is key to successful GCSE exams. Quite simply, you need to know what to do in order to get the highest grade possible. Once you’ve studied it, use the mark scheme to plan your revision. This will determine how to revise for Maths GCSE and is applicable to every other subject. Here are the main Assessment Objectives for the GCSE Maths exam from the Department of Education. To read the full subject content and objectives click here.
Make sure to know which examination board you are taking and check the specification carefully. There are changes to the 2022 GCSE exams, so it’s vital to keep up to date. Here are the main three boards in the UK:
It’s a biggy, and again something that a lot of students either skip, don’t do enough of, or simply panic about. Here are some ideas to help you revise for GCSE exams that really work.
Use a Topic Map to make sure you don’t forget the important areas of Maths revision that you need to cover. This simple but effective tool gives you space to jot down the topics you need to cover for each paper and each topic. This way you won’t miss something vital.
To successfully revise for GCSE Maths we also strongly recommend you create and maintain a good study environment. This means finding a clean, quiet space that you feel calm, and are undisturbed in.
A fantastic way to revise for the GCSE Maths exam is to prepare yourself for the task on the day. Both in terms of revision but also practising past GCSE Maths papers in exam conditions. Again, utilising your study space, set a timer and run through the paper in exam conditions. Doing this will give you a good idea on what your timing is like. Do you need to speed up a bit? Or have you gone a bit too quickly and need to slow down to avoid mistakes? It’s also a really good indicator of any knowledge gaps you have and the areas which you’ve got covered. Use past papers to inform and modify your revision plan moving forwards. If you need additional support, get in touch to find an experienced GCSE Maths tutor to help guide you.
Here are some past papers to practice from the main examination boards. We hope this guide gives you some ideas on how to revise for Maths GCSE.