Firstly, anyone who says GCSEs dont matter is a fool because the main institutions wont even consider you if you dont have all A*s/As. Also, GCSEs are probably the easiest exams you will sit in your life, and definately will be much easier than A Levels/IB and University for that matter, relatively speaking. Deffo go for the 11 A*s. You dont need to be especially clever - just attentive and with common sense. Good luck!
QUOTE=The Chameleon]For maths GCSE 2 years ago, the grade boundary was around 70/75% for an A*, which compared to some subjects is fairly low, so secyring an A* is perhaps not as difficult as it may seem.
I think the best way you can improve your ability in maths, is to (1)make sure you have decent notes on the main topics, even if it means going through and reproducing your existing notes from lessons, that are written in a way that is easy to follow for YOU, and to (2) attempt as many questions as possible so you can practise applying the skills you've learnt, and develop .[/QUOTE]
Well last year in my GCSE I got 76% and aparently that was just a B
I found maths nowhere near as bad as it was made out to be, i got 20% in my mock (MUCH harder than the actual exam), did no pass papers for revision and still got a (what must have been very high) B. I did do some reading revision for it, but i think the thing that helped most of all was going to my teacher when i didnt understand something.[/QUOTE]
The 76% was probably in terms of UMS.[/QUOTE]