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GCSE maths, higher help!!

I'm actually begging when i say this, does anyone have ANY maths tips AT ALL?? For a bit of background, i am simply awful at maths. i always planned on doing foundation, but my teacher was DETERMINED to put me on higher, and basically put me on higher without even double checking with me first, like at some point a while ago i said i needed to do foundation, but she said it was already decided, like i didn't know she even put higher in for me?? anyway, its got to the point where I get stuck around question 10/15 depending on the paper, and cant get any marks past then. i take ocr (higher obvs) and this is a polite beg for maths tips because i'm stressing so much. i would like to get a 5, but if i got a four it wouldn't be the end of the world, but a five is better for my a- level course. what i would NOT like is a 3, which is what i feel like is going to happen to me 😭😭

thankyou guys SO MUCH, and best of luck for the exams!!
Reply 1
Hey, have you perhaps had a parent phone up and complain? Usually helps with stubborn teachers. I’m in year 13 now, back when I was in year 11 I had a few class mates who changed from higher to foundation last minute - like on the day if I remember correctly. If you really can’t, have a look at websites like Maths Genie, physics and maths tutor, doctor frost, maths watch and whatever websites your school uses. Really put your head down and try to do an hour or two (and more if you can) a day, maybe every other day… etc, etc. Maths is all about practicing the same thing but in different situations. If these things don’t work (or if you want to do a bit more on top of revision) going to interventions with your teacher should most definitely help, ask her to go over those questions which you struggle on, then go home and practice some more. Another way is getting a tutor, but of course that’s not for everyone. Lastly, watching a few youtube video tutorials of how to do a certain thing before bed and trying to recall and practice it the next day should help loads, as well as watching run through of past papers (from your exam board) after you’ve done the paper, and marking it will help to further your understanding. Hope this helped! Do ask if you need any other advice, and I wish you all the luck with your upcoming exams! :smile:
Original post by academicweapon97
I'm actually begging when i say this, does anyone have ANY maths tips AT ALL?? For a bit of background, i am simply awful at maths. i always planned on doing foundation, but my teacher was DETERMINED to put me on higher, and basically put me on higher without even double checking with me first, like at some point a while ago i said i needed to do foundation, but she said it was already decided, like i didn't know she even put higher in for me?? anyway, its got to the point where I get stuck around question 10/15 depending on the paper, and cant get any marks past then. i take ocr (higher obvs) and this is a polite beg for maths tips because i'm stressing so much. i would like to get a 5, but if i got a four it wouldn't be the end of the world, but a five is better for my a- level course. what i would NOT like is a 3, which is what i feel like is going to happen to me 😭😭
thankyou guys SO MUCH, and best of luck for the exams!!

https://mmerevise.co.uk/gcse-maths-revision/

OCR specific resources - use revision and worksheets.
Original post by mds0306
Hey, have you perhaps had a parent phone up and complain? Usually helps with stubborn teachers. I’m in year 13 now, back when I was in year 11 I had a few class mates who changed from higher to foundation last minute - like on the day if I remember correctly. If you really can’t, have a look at websites like Maths Genie, physics and maths tutor, doctor frost, maths watch and whatever websites your school uses. Really put your head down and try to do an hour or two (and more if you can) a day, maybe every other day… etc, etc. Maths is all about practicing the same thing but in different situations. If these things don’t work (or if you want to do a bit more on top of revision) going to interventions with your teacher should most definitely help, ask her to go over those questions which you struggle on, then go home and practice some more. Another way is getting a tutor, but of course that’s not for everyone. Lastly, watching a few youtube video tutorials of how to do a certain thing before bed and trying to recall and practice it the next day should help loads, as well as watching run through of past papers (from your exam board) after you’ve done the paper, and marking it will help to further your understanding. Hope this helped! Do ask if you need any other advice, and I wish you all the luck with your upcoming exams! :smile:

Well the problem is once my tier had been submitted, if i want to change, the school have to pay this massive late fee thing, and my teacher would defo not give in anyway, she believes it will be better for me because i usually make a load of silly mistakes. honestly though, thankyou SO much for all your tips, you are honestly a lifesaver!! Honestly the youtube tutorials thing is so smart. i do actually have a tutor, and it does help, but not exactly enough, i did get a four on my mock, but i failed paper 3 and barely scraped the others. thankyou so so so much for your luck, and i wish you luck too !! 🤗🤗
Original post by Muttley79
https://mmerevise.co.uk/gcse-maths-revision/
OCR specific resources - use revision and worksheets.

omg this is so helpful, thankyou so much!! 🤗🤗
Reply 5
Original post by academicweapon97
I'm actually begging when i say this, does anyone have ANY maths tips AT ALL?? For a bit of background, i am simply awful at maths. i always planned on doing foundation, but my teacher was DETERMINED to put me on higher, and basically put me on higher without even double checking with me first, like at some point a while ago i said i needed to do foundation, but she said it was already decided, like i didn't know she even put higher in for me?? anyway, its got to the point where I get stuck around question 10/15 depending on the paper, and cant get any marks past then. i take ocr (higher obvs) and this is a polite beg for maths tips because i'm stressing so much. i would like to get a 5, but if i got a four it wouldn't be the end of the world, but a five is better for my a- level course. what i would NOT like is a 3, which is what i feel like is going to happen to me 😭😭
thankyou guys SO MUCH, and best of luck for the exams!!


watch maths genie videos, get a notebook dedicated to maths and make notes from the videos. a topic per page. do follow up practice questions from maths genie and then move onto exam style questions. hope this helps!!
Original post by academicweapon97
I'm actually begging when i say this, does anyone have ANY maths tips AT ALL?? For a bit of background, i am simply awful at maths. i always planned on doing foundation, but my teacher was DETERMINED to put me on higher, and basically put me on higher without even double checking with me first, like at some point a while ago i said i needed to do foundation, but she said it was already decided, like i didn't know she even put higher in for me?? anyway, its got to the point where I get stuck around question 10/15 depending on the paper, and cant get any marks past then. i take ocr (higher obvs) and this is a polite beg for maths tips because i'm stressing so much. i would like to get a 5, but if i got a four it wouldn't be the end of the world, but a five is better for my a- level course. what i would NOT like is a 3, which is what i feel like is going to happen to me 😭😭
thankyou guys SO MUCH, and best of luck for the exams!!
Hi, I went from a grade 4 in gcse foundation maths in year 10 to an 8 in higher at my GCSE’s, and this is what worked the best for me:

. Identifying common areas of weakness. Using the traffic system to red yellow green areas you made mistakes in. Even if they are just ‘silly mistakes’, it is still worth another look at the topic. Make sure your plan is clear and in a timeframe so you can follow it.

. Try past papers! Or topic based questions from sites such as maths genie. Just practice as many past papers as you can before your exam, but ideally not the night before. The night before you should relax a little, go over any important formulae or read/watch videos about topics you struggle in.

. Try targeted papers! For example harder grade questions at the end of papers. MyMathsCloud also provides some papers matched to grade.

Hope this helps!
Reply 7
Original post by academicweapon97
I'm actually begging when i say this, does anyone have ANY maths tips AT ALL?? For a bit of background, i am simply awful at maths. i always planned on doing foundation, but my teacher was DETERMINED to put me on higher, and basically put me on higher without even double checking with me first, like at some point a while ago i said i needed to do foundation, but she said it was already decided, like i didn't know she even put higher in for me?? anyway, its got to the point where I get stuck around question 10/15 depending on the paper, and cant get any marks past then. i take ocr (higher obvs) and this is a polite beg for maths tips because i'm stressing so much. i would like to get a 5, but if i got a four it wouldn't be the end of the world, but a five is better for my a- level course. what i would NOT like is a 3, which is what i feel like is going to happen to me 😭😭
thankyou guys SO MUCH, and best of luck for the exams!!

i went from a 5 to a 7 in week doing maths genie focus on the higher topics becuase thats where most of the marks are and do all the exam questions after you have watched the videos it helps so much the videos are long so increase the speed

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