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The Secret To Scoring An A* In GCSE Maths

Updated on November 12, 2015

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Tips on achieving an A* grade in GCSE Maths

This article will provide you with some tips on how to achieve the best grade in GCSE Maths. So, why would take advice from me? What makes me so special? Well I have studied the subject for the best part of my life; when I was a little kid right up to degree level. I've taken many exams during my academic years so I know the key ingredients for exam success.

Firstly, to achieve an A/A* grade at GCSE Maths, you must understand the theory completely. When learning the syllabus, it is important to understand the meaning behind each concept. These kind of questions should cross your mind whilst revising; what does this formula calculate? How do I find this missing length? etc. Do not move onto subsequent chapters without learning the basics first. Maths is a progressive subject so if you fail to understand the basics, it will be very difficult to grasp the harder topics. A lot of the time, the basics will feature in the harder questions; for example, angles in a triangle (foundation-tier) and trigonometry (higher-tier) go hand-in-hand.

Also, make sure you learn the entire syllabus. Do not leave any bits out. This point goes for students who are aiming for an A* grade. To achieve an A* grade, you have to achieve around 90% in the exam. This means there is very little margin for error. That's why its so important to learn everything. If you don't, you automatically reduce the maximum mark of the paper and the margin for error gets even thinner.

I left out some sections for my GCSE exam just out of laziness but I highly recommend that you don't do the same. Thee concepts I left out were graph transformations and trigonometric graphs. However, I was very lucky because one of those topics (I believe it was the trigonometric graphs) did not appear on one of the papers. In the end, I managed to secure an A* grade. If I was not fully prepared for my GCSE maths exam and still managed to achieve an A* grade, there is no reason why you cannot do the same, now that you are aware of my mistakes.

The most important part of your revision schedule will be practise papers. Exam papers will determine whether you will achieve an A/A* grade or not. I know many people, who claim that they understand the theory yet underperform hugely in the exam because they simply cannot apply this theory to exam questions. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time; in my opinion, at least 2 weeks for practise papers. Answer as many exam papers, in exam conditions, as you can because the more you complete, the higher the result. The theory will play a huge part here because as I've mentioned already, if you understand the theory well, you will be able to answer any question they throw at you.

Lastly, when completing those practise papers, you will acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses. The strengths are just topics which become second nature to you. When you see questions that involve these topics, you will be able to answer them immediately without hesitating. You will have weaknesses as well which are simply questions that you get wrong frequently. Draw-up a mere-list of these weaknesses and focus on these areas/questions in particular. Find out where you are going wrong and re-do the questions that you answered incorrectly the first time round. It is important to identify your weaknesses and rectify them if you want to achieve a high mark in your GCSE maths exam. Remember, there is very little margin for error if you want to achieve that coveted A* grade!

This is definitely the best advice I can give you when you prepare for your GCSE maths exams. Make sure you keep them in mind during revision. If you do follow what I have said, there is no reason why you cannot achieve an A* in your GCSE maths exam. When the going gets tough, just imagine that valuable A* certificate in your hand.

The Secret To Scoring An A* In GCSE Maths

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      fshandgrapes 

      2 years ago

      im revising my gcses in april can i still get an A* in math

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      KENTAO 

      3 years ago

      I just got my maths gcse results and i got a c :(, im kind of upset and im tinking of resitting it because i wanted an A.

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