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Can you tell me what topics are considered the hardest to understand in the new GCSE Maths syllabus?

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Can you tell me what topics are considered the hardest to understand in the new GCSE Maths syllabus?

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Quadratics, Surds, Trig Graphs, Proof, Vectors, Conditional Probability, Histograms...
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Quadratics, Surds, Trig Graphs, Proof, Vectors, Conditional Probability, Histograms...
Personally, i think histograms are pretty easy. But the rest i agree.
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all of them are very easy
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I think i struggle most with algebraic proof and conditional probability
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Thanks folks

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perhaps iterations? I always confuse the way to do it.
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I do foundation so everything’s difficult.
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Students seem to find "estimating the median from a grouped frequency table" hard but often that's because it's taught badly. And sometimes it's not taught at all!
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Personally, i think histograms are pretty easy. But the rest i agree.
Finding a median can be tricky.
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graph transformations.
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Students seem to find "estimating the median from a grouped frequency table" hard but often that's because it's taught badly. And sometimes it's not taught at all!
If you mean using linear interpolation, I don't think estimating median from grouped frequency table isn't required at GCSE like that. At least I haven't seen any questions about it without using a cumulative frequency graph. Isn't that AS stats?
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If you mean using linear interpolation, I don't think estimating median from grouped frequency table isn't required at GCSE like that. At least I haven't seen any questions about it without using a cumulative frequency graph. Isn't that AS stats?
See page 165 in the Edexcel specimen set 2.
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Finding a median can be tricky.
Yes i guess, but if you learn it properly, it's honestly not that bad.
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hi folks

i hope you're all well.

Can you tell me what topics are considered the hardest to understand in the new gcse maths syllabus?

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vectors, inverse law and surds!
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Can you tell me what topics are considered the hardest to understand in the new GCSE Maths syllabus?

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I'd argue VECTORS are the hardest topic in GCSE maths.Look at the november 2017 paper 3,only a select few people would get this right.
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See page 165 in the Edexcel specimen set 2.
That's not finding median from a grouped frequency table though, it's finding median from a histogram, which is on the GCSE spec.

What I meant was I don't think they'd just give you a grouped frequency table and expect you to find the median from it without the aid of a histogram or cumulative frequency graph.
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Yes i guess, but if you learn it properly, it's honestly not that bad.
^ literally all of GCSE maths :P

If you study to understand rather than memorise, GCSE Maths is piss easy. If you try and remember everything by rote (like so many people do) not only is it so much harder, but it's so so so boring.
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That's not finding median from a grouped frequency table though, it's finding median from a histogram, which is on the GCSE spec.

What I meant was I don't think they'd just give you a grouped frequency table and expect you to find the median from it without the aid of a histogram or cumulative frequency graph.
Yes you're right - the content guidance only mentions finding the median for a histogram. But you still need to use some form of interpolation and for a lot of students it will be just as hard doing it with/without a histogram.
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Yes you're right - the content guidance only mentions finding the median for a histogram. But you still need to use some form of interpolation and for a lot of students it will be just as hard doing it with/without a histogram.
True. Lots of people in my class have trouble with finding median from a histogram because my teacher just didn't teach it - quite an obtuse topic. Would you say it's better to have them memorise a long formula for it or have them actually understand the procedure? Lots of students come to me for help on these kind of topics and I'm not sure which way to teach them this late in the game.
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