Join TSR now and get all your revision questions answeredSign up now

Further Maths GCSE: What exam board should I do?

    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Do all the questions in the texbook before you tackle past papers - it's too early for them now.

    Make sure you are on top of the A* GCSE material e.g. manipulating surds, equations, indices ...
    Ok thanks; I wasn't going to tackle past papers yet! Yes, you're right- some of the A* gcse topics which I knew well a few months ago I have completely forgotten...
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Oxidation)
    Oh nice! I'm aiming for an A* but I'm around a B grade. How can I boost this? As in should I do past papers then practice the questions that I don't know?
    OK, firstly go through your revision guide and specifically pinpoint topics you don't understand. Do not be tempted to just keep revising topics YOU find easy! Then, use corbett maths and hegarty maths videos for topics you don't understand- they are very useful. Corbett maths also has lots of practice questions which are very useful. When you understand every topic, then attempt past papers. Do LOADS of them, and the questions you don't understand try again, and again- until you are sure you can't get it wrong. After you have done a few papers, you will start noticing a trend in the types of questions asked (despite you doing the new spec.) Also, USE the mark schemes- you will begin to understand exactly where the examiners award marks. Read the examiners reports on the exam board's website- they are very useful in telling you where students went wrong each year; what questions they found difficult, or easy.

    However, the most important thing for maths is to practice questions- you can't really 'revise' like other subjects- you have to 'do'! Best of luck!x
    Spoiler:
    Show
    Sorry for the really long answer...
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    In year 11 I did both Edexcel Level 3 Algebra in the January and then AQA Level 2 Further Maths in the summer. Both of these were very manageable despite the fact the six of us at my school were essentially sent to the library with the relevant textbook (2 people got A's, 3 A* and 1 A^ (A* with distinction) which was me ).

    Our school did consider the OCR FSMQ above but it was generally considered much harder than the AQA maths but I guess if you and your school were serious about it it could be learnt in a year. You could also consider the Edexcel Level 3 Statistics qualification but I don't know it very well. Final option is to start directly on the A level course but I doubt most schools would agree to this.

    Most important thing to consider for further maths: do not let it compromise your other subjects (especially GCSE maths), you and your school should make sure it is considered optional and not at the expense of any other subjects which are more important.

    Finally, try and agree to get some teacher help as for some parts of the course it really does help.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by sunshine774)
    OK, firstly go through your revision guide and specifically pinpoint topics you don't understand. Do not be tempted to just keep revising topics YOU find easy! Then, use corbett maths and hegarty maths videos for topics you don't understand- they are very useful. Corbett maths also has lots of practice questions which are very useful. When you understand every topic, then attempt past papers. Do LOADS of them, and the questions you don't understand try again, and again- until you are sure you can't get it wrong. After you have done a few papers, you will start noticing a trend in the types of questions asked (despite you doing the new spec.) Also, USE the mark schemes- you will begin to understand exactly where the examiners award marks. Read the examiners reports on the exam board's website- they are very useful in telling you where students went wrong each year; what questions they found difficult, or easy.

    However, the most important thing for maths is to practice questions- you can't really 'revise' like other subjects- you have to 'do'! Best of luck!x
    Spoiler:
    Show
    Sorry for the really long answer...
    Ohh thanks so much for your advice and great help!!
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Oxidation)
    Ohh thanks so much for your advice and great help!!
    That's OK- if you need any more help just ask!
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by sunshine774)
    That's OK- if you need any more help just ask!
    Thanks so much!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Hey guys, you say to do past papers (and I am) but the new GCSE levels 1-9 has been sprung upon us with no past papers done in the same format, how do I combat this?
 
 
 
Poll
Which party will you be voting for in the General Election 2017?
Useful resources

Make your revision easier

Maths

Maths Forum posting guidelines

Not sure where to post? Read the updated guidelines here

Equations

How to use LaTex

Writing equations the easy way

Student revising

Study habits of A* students

Top tips from students who have already aced their exams

Study Planner

Create your own Study Planner

Never miss a deadline again

Polling station sign

Thinking about a maths degree?

Chat with other maths applicants

Can you help? Study help unanswered threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.