Maths GCSE: Exam Techniques for GCSE Maths

In this teacher support video Matt Parker offers tips and advice in how best to support students struggling with the maths GCSE.

Matt talks plainly about common mistakes test takers often make based on feedback from examiners reports.

These techniques are aimed at helping students get as many marks as possible.

Matt suggests students always estimate their answers before working out a question to avoid orders of magnitude mistakes when the answer they find is nowhere near their estimation.

He also reinforces that while preparing you should always revise units and make sure you have a clear understanding of what any unit you are presented with on the exam means.

He advises students to always start a new line for each problem and to display their working out clearly, while taking care not to cross anything out unnecessarily.

There is even advice from a “real” examiner, to make all work easy to read and laid out as clearly as possible.

It’s also a good idea to check algebra questions by re-substituting the answer into the equation to see if it works.

Finally, there are more general tips like, don’t spend too long on a low value problem, take a break if you have time and to use The Mind Set as a resource for more test taking advice.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching maths at GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

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