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Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of studies, I am studying GCSE maths English and science in September but wanted to get a headstart, does anyone recommend any books that will cover the basics?

Cgp books seem to be to in depth and don’t go onto the basics.

I require top grades in these subjects and only achieved a grade C in maths GCSE ten years ago (I am a mature student)

Now I don’t know where to start, weather I should study as low as KS3 and learn the basics first then when I start college in September learn from there?

I am open to suggestions, I haven’t really studied towards KS3 before I just sat the GCSE foundation paper.
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The cgp ones are recommended buy most people but dont forget there are lots of websites aswell. When revising i used seneca learning and mathsmadeeasy.co.uk this ine has past papers and revision questions for gcse maths and science.
KS3 is year 7,8 and 9 and GCSEs are KS4 there is no need to go back on yourself. CGP books only cover what you need to know thats why they are highly recommended.
Try taking a mock exam https://www.onmaths.com/mock_exams/?...dBoard=edexcel then see how you do and go from there.

Hope this helps!
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Thanks for your reply,

I usually struggle with worded questions, and I require studying Maths and further maths at A level so I wasn’t sure if I had enough problem solving skills to even do the GCSE maths this year and if I should take a step back.

Furthermore would I be better getting the cgp foundation book and working through it before progressing to higher tier?

Thank you
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Corbett Maths (website) is really good and seems ideal for your situation - has videos and questions on each aspect of the gcse maths course
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(Original post by jaysha)
Thanks for your reply,

I usually struggle with worded questions, and I require studying Maths and further maths at A level so I wasn’t sure if I had enough problem solving skills to even do the GCSE maths this year and if I should take a step back.

Furthermore would I be better getting the cgp foundation book and working through it before progressing to higher tier?

Thank you
The foundation book will just miss out the “higher” topics, I’m not sure the book will be too different aside from this in all honesty
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Furthermore would I be better getting the cgp foundation book and working through it before progressing to higher tier?
Umm.. i would say no just go straight to higher tier but it does depended on how confident you feel. Most of the topics are the same HT just has a few more and the questions require more effort, do you know which exam board you will be studying??
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Umm.. i would say no just go straight to higher tier but it does depended on how confident you feel. Most of the topics are the same HT just has a few more and the questions require more effort, do you know which exam board you will be studying??
Hi Emily,

That’s great advise thank you.

I will be studying AQA
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Corbett Maths (website) is really good and seems ideal for your situation - has videos and questions on each aspect of the gcse maths course
Thanks Laura. I will try this. Do you recommend doing past papers once I have completed all the topics ?
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Hi Emily,

That’s great advise thank you.

I will be studying AQA
thank you and your welcome
have a look at online reviews for books like collins, letts or pocket poster revision guides and see of they suit your style of learning
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Thanks Laura. I will try this. Do you recommend doing past papers once I have completed all the topics ?
Yes! Past papers are amazing revision tools as the questions get you to apply your knowledge rather than just recite it (like in most textbook questions)

The website mathsmadeeasy has lots of past papers on, and I’m sure many others do too!
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