It’s easy to revise History – you just read the book right? But maths, yeah that’s a different ball game, reading the book will get you only about 5% of the way there. In order to revise maths well, you should implement our three-step foolproof strategy to mathematic brilliance. Here it goes…
Actually, there is a preliminary step – ok, so maybe it’s a four-step foolproof strategy!
pre-one: crack the syllabus
This is essential. There are many different topics in the maths syllabus and in order to master them you need to know where in the syllabus you are at all times – this is the only way to identify areas of weakness.
There are a number of ways you can do this. You could visit your exam board’s website and download the syllabus. The OCR guys are lucky as their exam board prints a summary specification:
Sorry AQA and Edexcel people – you have to read the whole thing:
If you’re not up for this challenge, you could use the contents page of your textbook or revision guide as a checklist for the syllabus.
Ok, now that you actually know what will be on the exam, you have to get the information from the book into your head. Here’s how you’re going to do it:
one: acquire the knowledge
Pick a topic and read the relevant pages of the revision guide. There are two things to remember:
- Read everything on a topic in one go – even if you struggle to fully understand something, keep pushing to the end.
- Most importantly – work through all the examples as you go along!
This should take you 15 minutes TOPS! Don’t start writing out notes or anything like that – the next step in this foolproof plan will make sure you understand the content.
two: drill your knowledge
You need to get a good workbook or textbook – it should have drill-type questions that make sure you understand what you’ve just read. You are looking for a workbook with these sort of questions:
Avoid Exam-style questions for now – we’ll look at those in the next step. The key thing here is NOT to do every sub-question, only do two or max 3! per question – this is important as if you try to do all of them you will get revision fatigue.
!! LISTEN UP, VERY IMPORTANT POINTS!!:
** Keep your textbook open and use it! This is not an exam, use the textbook for the first few questions until you get the hang of it. Also, check your answers and if you get any wrong, try again! **
To avoid the hassle of selection, our drill sheets have already selected the questions so you can move smoothly through your revision. Click the link below to see a sample drill sheet:
three: apply your knowledge
Finally, you’re ready to tackle exam questions on this topic. You should use either an exam practice workbook, where the questions are set out in exam
- For the first few questions you should use your textbook – keep it open and use it to answer the questions – this is not cheating, it is learning! Once you’re in the swing of things you can close the textbook and work in “exam conditions”.
- Mark your work after you’ve done five or six questions, if any are wrong, go back and work on them again until you get them right! (Seriously, give it a good shot but if you can’t get through it ask for help – ask one of your teachers or check if we have an upcoming course or webinar that could help you – we also do 1-2-1 tuition so, if things are really tough, book a session with us and we can help you through – don’t suffer in silence)
So that’s its, that’s our three-ish step foolproof plan to maths revision success.
We hope you found this article useful. Enjoy your day and keep revising!