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Maths GCSE tuition in Doncaster

Updated on August 9, 2013

GCSE Maths Tuition

If you are studying for GCSE Maths the most important thing is to study from textbooks and revision books by the relevant exam board. So, if you are taking an OCR, EDEXCEL, AQA maths exams etc.... make sure you are practising using the relevant exam board materials. Private maths tutors make a difference. E grades can be turned into C grades and C grades can be turned into A grades. Getting a C grade is vital because it makes everything possible. Maths GCSE tuition can make a real difference to grades. I am a maths tutor in Doncaster and can be contacted by the email below. So, if you are looking for a maths tutor in Doncaster you have come to the right place.

Past papers can be found online and they are invaluable. If you look at the examiner reports you will get the mark scheme and an insight into future questions. When the report says 'even the best candidates got this question wrong' - yup, they tend to ask it again.

You should only buy revision books that are geared to your exam board. Don't buy the general ones that try to cater for all exam boards. There are agencies such as The tutor pages.com, First tutors, The tutor pages, Fleet tutors and Tutors direct that offer private tuition. They make their money by adding a percentage to the tuition costs. I'm not a fan of middle men. I prefer to work directly with the learner. If you would like to contact me for private tuition please email me on seandstephenson@yahoo.co.uk for further details.


GETTING A C GRADE AT GCSE MATHS

I understand that some learners would settle for a C grade in maths. Perhaps they are currently on an E, F or G grade. Well, the first thing to do is get the C grade questions right.

Most teachers and textbooks insist you must get the basics right first. This is a mistake that always leaves you underachieving. They always get you practising the same old things. With the same old results. Of course it would be ideal if you knew all your times tables etc.. but it won't ensure you get that C grade.

I know a way around this that gets results. I have many learners who have moved from an E grade to a C grade (verifiable references). They didn't know their times tables and I have to admit weren't that numerate. But they knew how to pass a GCSE exam and get a C grade. I showed them how to do it and they put it in to practice.

You will be amazed at how quickly you can move from a C grade to an A grade or from an E grade to a C grade. Maths is probably the only subject that you can make a massive progress jump. I have over 20 years experience of teaching GCSE Maths with a verifiable record of success.

I have three children and they all prefer the Arts and Humanities subjects but they all got higher grades in Maths throughout their schooling. The youngest is heading for an A* at GCSE . I make Maths fun and let learners see the connection between topics. I'm a big fan of mnemononics and connected learning. Let me give you an example of how to get an A grade at GCSE.

Getting an A grade.

Many A grade questions are based on 2/3 = 4/6

Two divided by three equals four divided by six

You might like to write down 2 underlined by 3 = 4 underlined by six.

So long as you know 3 out of 4 numbers you can find the missing one.

e.g K/3 = 4/6

To find missing number you must cross multiply and use the other number as a divider.

K = (3x4)/6 which gives an answer of 2.

This is something that must become second nature and when it does you will score highly in trigonometry, algebra , formula and many other topics. You will start connecting the learning.

All you have to do is practise questions in the right order. Those that connect. Strengthening your learnt skills. Strangely , no book on the market does this.

Now, knowing how to manipulate these numbers will help you get an A grade.

The sine rule , which is a formula for working out angles and lengths for non- right angled triangles is: a/sinA = b/sinB = c/sinC ( We only really need a/sinA = b/sinB)

a/sin40 = 5/sin50

Now, we do know 3 out of 4 numbers. The sin 40 and sin 50 are decimals stored in your calculator and 5 is the length .

a=(sin40x5)/ sin50 (Same rule , cross multipy and use the other as a divider).

Many other grade A questions are based on this simple rule. ( But none of the revision books mention this).

To get a B grade at GCSE you should be an expert at manipulating 3 x 2 =6

Anything involved in multiplying when it jumps over an equal sign becomes a divider.

3 x 2 = 6

So 3 = 6/2

2=6/3

a x b =c

a = c/b

b=c/a

When you combine this with some other stuff you really get good at maths and are comfortably in B/C grades.

6+4 = 10

Every number is positive or negative. 6 and 4 are positive numbers. So is 10. When a number that is invoved in adding or subtracting and jumps over the equal (=) sign it changes sign.

So 6 + 4 =10

becomes 6= 10-4

or 4 = 10-6

10-2 = 8 becomes

10 = 8+2

So x + 4 =10 becomes

x =10 -4

so x=6

X-3 =10 becomes x = 10+3





So x =13

Try this.

3x + 6 = 18

3x = 18 - 6

3x = 12

x = 12/3

x = 4

Another example

4x - 3 = 17

4x = 17 +3

4x = 20

x =20/4

x= 5


Now try these yourself.

1] 5x +4 = 19

2] 6x + 6 = 24

3] 3x + 5 = 21

4] 2x - 5 =7

5] 4x - 10 = 14

6] 4x + 5 = 15 ( the answer to x is not a whole number)

When you practise and combine these simple maths rules you will massively increase your scores. This simple stuff helps with trigonometry, algebra, formulae and much more.

Wishing you every success.

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    • seanorjohn profile imageAUTHOR

      seanorjohn 

      5 years ago

      Hi Robert, congrats on the A*. That puts you in the top 1.4% for maths GCSE.

    • RobertSmith92 profile image

      Robert Smith 

      5 years ago from Yorkshire

      Although I need no help in my GCSEs (I got an A* when I did them) I'm just saying hello to another guy from Doncaster!

    • seanorjohn profile imageAUTHOR

      seanorjohn 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Catman. Many schools are now providing free one to one tuition and are improving pupils grades. You have an amazing number of maths hubs.

    • catman3000 profile image

      Mark 

      6 years ago from England, UK

      Yes I have to agree with the points you have made. Having a tutor who can teach the higher grade material will increase your chances greatly of passing your maths exam. Also, I like your tips about cross multiplying equations.

    • seanorjohn profile imageAUTHOR

      seanorjohn 

      7 years ago

      No offence taken Ddraigcoch.Best of luck on webanswers. Saw on athread that you are a member.

    • Ddraigcoch profile image

      Emma 

      7 years ago from UK

      Sorry Seanorjohn. After reading my own comment back it reads a bit sharp. I was genuinely wondering. I so need to learn keywording. Or go read some more hubs about keyworking. xx

    • seanorjohn profile imageAUTHOR

      seanorjohn 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for comments DD. You are of course right that it is relevant to beyond Doncaster. It is a type of experiment.It is much easier to rank for google page one if I put my hometown Doncaster in the title.I'm useless at keywords SEO and linking so I just want to see whether this hub can attract a google audience.

    • Ddraigcoch profile image

      Emma 

      7 years ago from UK

      Great hub but why is this only relevant to Doncaster? Doncasster board is no different to standards in Bassetlaw or Rotherham.

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