Revising for your GCSE maths exam can sometimes feel like a slog. At Exam Papers Plus, we’ve found that the trick is to keep your revision creative. In this post, we outline our top GCSE maths activities to help make your studying that little bit more interesting.
Using practice test papers should be a staple in every students’ GCSE maths revision. However, maintaining focus under non-exam conditions can be challenging. One activity that can help keep you motivated is Beat the Clock.
All you need is a stopwatch and practice maths questions like the ones we publish at Exam Papers Plus. Given that both GCSE maths tests last for 1 hour 45 minutes and have around 30 questions each, 3 minutes should give you enough time to answer most question types.
Set your stopwatch and try to answer each question within the 3 minutes. The more you practice doing this, the easier it’ll become. This activity is good for improving your time management skills and answering questions under pressure.
A mind map is a visual aid that’s used to help students remember important information. They typically contain a central theme, drawn in the middle of the page, which is surrounded by other snippets of information.
In the GCSE maths exam, there are 6 main topic areas: number; algebra; ratio, proportion and rates of change; geometry and measures; probability; statistics. We’d suggest creating a mind map for each of these themes and charting all the equations and formulas you need to remember for each one.
This maths activity can provide relief from question-based revision and help you organise essential information by topic. This technique is especially effective for visual learners, who prefer to use graphs, charts and images to remember information.
For more information on how to create mind maps, take a look at this video from student Eve Bennett:
This is one of our favourite GCSE maths activities and all you need is a practice paper and another person. Have your partner choose a sample maths question for you (hint: this exercise works particularly well for multi-step questions in the non-calculator paper). Your task is to explain to them what you’re doing while you answer the question.
Talking them through your thought process can provide you with surprising insights that you didn’t know you had. Roleplaying as if you’re the teacher can really help boost your confidence and confirm that you know how to approach different question types.
The best thing about this maths activity is that your partner doesn’t necessarily have to be studying GCSE maths themselves. The process of explaining your answer to someone is generally enough to reinforce your knowledge and understanding of a particular topic.
Flashcards are a good way to practice answering questions ‘on the spot’ and under pressure. Write out some maths questions on A5-sized cardboard and have someone choose a card for you to answer. You can make the activity more challenging by giving yourself a time limit.
The good thing about flashcards is that they can be used spontaneously, so your family can surprise you with a question when you least expect it. This maths activity is particularly good practice for the non-calculator paper, where you need to think through your answer logically.
Most of these GCSE maths activities are based on practice papers. Every student should introduce practice tests into their revision early. Not only are they a good way of measuring your current attainment, but they can be used to monitor your progress too.
At Exam Papers Plus, we publish maths packs that cover all of 6 topics in the GCSE maths syllabus. In creating our GCSE packs, we thoroughly analysed examiners’ reports from previous years to ensure we have every question type covered. We’ve also included some of the most difficult questions you’re likely to come across to really challenge your practice. Furthermore, all of our practice papers are written and developed by former GCSE maths examiners and markers.
Our practice tests are a great way to help students become familiar with the format of the GCSE maths tests and the types of questions you’re likely to be asked. When taken under timed conditions, they also help you get used to answering questions quickly and under pressure.
All of our GCSE packs focus on the key skills required to do well in higher tier GCSE exams and include detailed step-by-step answers and mark schemes for every question. Each question is labelled to identify the relevant exam boards.
We’d highly recommend the following resources for GCSE maths help:
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