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Can I go from a 2 to a 4 or a 5 in Foundation GCSE maths in a month

I need to go from a 2 to at least a 4 to pass GCSE maths, is this possible In the time I have left? I am revising 3+ hours on Mondays and Tuesdays and 4+ hours on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays, plus 7+ hours over on Saturdays and Sundays and I have outlined the key skills, topics and such I need to learn/ master to pass. I need at least a 4 but ideally a 5 in GCSE maths to get into the T level course I would like to do. I’m a good student elsewhere consistently getting 6s and 7s but maths is just a major struggle for me and I’m very very worried and concerned about having to resit next year and not being able to get onto the course I want to be on. I know I shouldn’t have left it this late but it just came around so quickly and I realised how long I had left quite late. I need to go up 60 marks across all 3 papers to get a 4 and pass and 90 marks across all 3 papers to get a 5.
hey i'm year 11 too right now. i'd say considering how much revision you're doing that is definitely achievable. i'm taking higher but hopefully any tips will still help. having a list is a very very good start. i think first off just working through the list and doing interactive questions or worksheet questions just to practice the basic skills. there's websites like dr frost maths and mathswatch (with school subscriptions), or bbc bitesize and maths genie (free). past papers are also a good way to revise for maths, especially marking it yourself and looking through the mark scheme after because that shows what the exmainers are looking for. also just a note, always write down any working you have in an actual exam because working picks up lots of marks even if you dont get to the answer. if you're really stuck on a topic i'd say try watching a youtube video as those are often really good to explain or maybe try get a teacher or friend to explain it because it might make more sense. good luck for your gcses as well and for your T level course in the future :smile:)
Original post by JackH876982
I need to go from a 2 to at least a 4 to pass GCSE maths, is this possible In the time I have left? I am revising 3+ hours on Mondays and Tuesdays and 4+ hours on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays, plus 7+ hours over on Saturdays and Sundays and I have outlined the key skills, topics and such I need to learn/ master to pass. I need at least a 4 but ideally a 5 in GCSE maths to get into the T level course I would like to do. I’m a good student elsewhere consistently getting 6s and 7s but maths is just a major struggle for me and I’m very very worried and concerned about having to resit next year and not being able to get onto the course I want to be on. I know I shouldn’t have left it this late but it just came around so quickly and I realised how long I had left quite late. I need to go up 60 marks across all 3 papers to get a 4 and pass and 90 marks across all 3 papers to get a 5.
My biggest tip would be getting an independent tutor(I understand this may not be financially viable) Or if you have a sibling/ parent who is comfortable with maths and can go through questions, sometimes a fresh perspective can help. The hours you are dedicating are amazing but also remember sometimes less is more and you don't want to overwhelm yourself before you've even begun. Focus on topics that are almost definitely gonna come up and nail them eg. Algebra, SOH CAH TOA, Fractions, percentages etc. Work through practice papers work out where you lose marks and practice those areas the most. If you dislike a topic revise it until you can do it blindfolded. Online websites have great resources too eg: Corbett maths,Maths genie(youtube.)CGP books are also amazing as they cover the entire syllabus condensed down. Doing something once is great but for it to stick do it again and again and again until it's second nature. I find small rhymes help sometimes to remember things. My biggest tips for actually in the exam:
-Try to answer all questions even if it's a guess.
-When revising understand what it is that you are doing, so when a question comes up you can identify it.
-The calculator paper should be the easiest, they are giving it to you for a reason.
-Sometimes the way they word questions throws you off so reading example questions and getting familiarised with the wording.
Lastly, Schools are there to support you; if you need extra resources don't be afraid to ask.
Good luck, It feels like a lot of pressure now but I'm sure it will all work out. And on the plus, if the paper is hard and everybody struggles grade boundaries will be low!!


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