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    I'm currently studying GCSE maths in year 11 and even though I am in top set I have realised that compared to many of the other students in my class, I am falling behind and do not understand the work as well as others.

    I am scared that it will carry on this way and could be impactful to my end GCSE grade. I am finding studying myself for maths difficult and information is not being retained as I don't have very good knowledge in the topics I'm learning. In addition I do not like my teacher's teaching style as he seems to run through topics very quickly expecting everyone to know everything where as I feel a tutor would be able to assist me more. Do you recommend I get a maths tutor or not and if so when?
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    (Original post by Meczro)
    I'm currently studying GCSE maths in year 11 and even though I am in top set I have realised that compared to many of the other students in my class, I am falling behind and do not understand the work as well as others.

    I am scared that it will carry on this way and could be impactful to my end GCSE grade. I am finding studying myself for maths difficult and information is not being retained as I don't have very good knowledge in the topics I'm learning. In addition I do not like my teacher's teaching style as he seems to run through topics very quickly expecting everyone to know everything where as I feel a tutor would be able to assist me more. Do you recommend I get a maths tutor or not and if so when?
    Not yet, try this first:

    Unlike other subjects, a lot of maths involves a lot of independent study and the classes are there A. To introduce the topics and B. For the teacher to support you with the learning and any questions you may have

    Sometimes you can get lost in the lesson ornnot understand something, that's fine

    What you need to do is get the textbook, open it up to the chapter that you are stuck on, and carefully read through the examples and notes that they give. If it's unclear, then try youtubing it. Once you have a basic understanding of it, do the first question in the textbook - it should be he easiest question available in that topic to get you warmed up. If you get stuck, don't look up the solution straight away - look back to the examples and notes and see if you can work it out yourself. Once you're happy, move onto the next question and keep going till the questions are progressively difficult - at which stage you should be getting better at it.

    Keep doing this - it requires time and effort but it is required to gain an understanding of maths and it's honestly 'easy' once you develop this ability to study maths. This also applies to A-level maths where a lot of people struggle initially but one day, after lots of hard work, it clicks and they end up getting a good grade in maths.
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    My biggest tip for maths would be to PRACTISE PRACTISE PRACTISE. With maths it's all about knowing how to go about answering certain types of questions and basically knowing the procedure. Once you've got the hang of it, it'll be easy trust me. Personally what I did was I went through my spec and found questions on literally every single topic on it and wrote down the certain steps of how to do questions I struggled at so even if I didn't understand it I at least had a method to follow. It's a pretty tedious process and it'll take time but start early and it will be totally worth it. AND GOOD LUCK!!
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    (Original post by Meczro)
    I'm currently studying GCSE maths in year 11 and even though I am in top set I have realised that compared to many of the other students in my class, I am falling behind and do not understand the work as well as others.

    I am scared that it will carry on this way and could be impactful to my end GCSE grade. I am finding studying myself for maths difficult and information is not being retained as I don't have very good knowledge in the topics I'm learning. In addition I do not like my teacher's teaching style as he seems to run through topics very quickly expecting everyone to know everything where as I feel a tutor would be able to assist me more. Do you recommend I get a maths tutor or not and if so when?
    Hi Meczro,

    Some great ideas here already - I would definitely try those first. You might also like to take a look at some of the articles our maths tutors have posted:

    https://www.thetutorpages.com/gcse-maths-tutors

    This one in particular describes a certain website that might be useful:

    https://www.thetutorpages.com/tutor-...cse-maths/9601

    Good luck!

    Emma
 
 
 
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