Top tips for getting a grade A in GCSE Maths

GCSE Mathematics:  For Students

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KS3 GCSE A level KS3 GCSE A level


(1)  Work through as many past papers as you can (follow this link to get to a website where you can download past papers for the Edexcel examination board).  Familiarise yourself with the style of questions and look to see which topics are examined regularly.  Start your revision early and keep revisiting the topics that you have revised.

(2)  To get a grade A, it is important that you are confident with the Grade B and Grade C topics - revise this work very thoroughly.  Don't rush through the start of the examination paper, otherwise you could lose marks unnecessarily on the easiest topics.

(3)  Read the questions carefully - make sure you know what you are being asked to do.

(4)  Show your working out - most marks in the examination paper are awarded for method.  It is particularly important to show your method on the calculator paper - write down which calculator keys you are pressing.

(5)  Remember to put units on your answers.

(6)  Attempt each question.  If you don't know how to answer the question, do anything that seems sensible.  If you can't do part (a) of a question, it doesn't necessarily mean that you can't answer part (b).  If you need the answer to part (a) to do part (b) then make up an answer - you will then be able to get your method marks in part (b).

(7)  If you have time left at the end of the exam, use it to check your answers carefully.  Try answering the question in a different way and see if you get the same answer.  Make sure that your answer seems sensible.

(8)  Make sure that you have learnt all formulae that you are not given on the formula sheet.



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