GCSE Maths Games to Keep You Motivated
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As the GCSE maths exam approaches, it can be tough to keep yourself motivated. You know that doing practice questions is the most effective way to revise, but let’s face it, sometimes it can start to feel like a bit of a slog.
The key to maintaining your motivation for revising is to add some variety into your schedule. We’ve put together a list of our top GCSE maths revision games to help keep you focused. All of these games use practice test papers, so you’ll still benefit from putting theory into practice. Some games can be played on your own and others are best played in a group.
There’s nothing like some competition to keep you on top of your game. This activity can be played with two or more people. All you need is a set of GCSE maths practice tests, a pen and paper to write your answer.
Choose a question from your practice test for everyone to answer. The aim of the game is to see who can answer the question correctly in the quickest time. When everyone is ready, say ‘go’ and work through the question to completion. Whoever finishes first shouts ‘finished’ and their answer is checked using the marking scheme.
If the answer is correct, the winner gets one point. If the question is wrong however, everyone else gets one point. This way, everyone is encouraged to double-check their answers. The overall winner is the person with the most points after all questions have been answered.
This is another game that will bring out your competitive spirit. You’ll need at least three players, one of which will be the quiz master. You’ll also need a GCSE maths practice test paper and answer sheet. The game works best if you assign a 3-minute time limit to each question. We suggest starting with a round of 5 questions.
The quiz master chooses a question at random from the practice pack, reads it aloud and let’s everyone see it for themselves. They start the timer, allowing 3 minutes to answer.
Once the 3 minutes are up, they ask the second question. The quiz continues in this way until all 5 questions have been asked. All players then swap their answer sheets and mark one another’s answers. The winner is the person with the most points. In the event of a tie breaker, the quiz master can ask an additional question until there’s a clear winner.
What better way to test your GCSE maths knowledge than by teaching it? The best thing about this game is that you don’t necessarily need another maths student to play with. A family member who hasn’t studied the subject will do just as well.
Have your partner choose a question from your practice tests. Your role as teacher is to talk them through your approach to answering the question. The process of verbalising your thoughts as you answer is a good way to reaffirm your knowledge and understanding.
This game is also a good way to boost your confidence in the lead up to the exam. Explaining your process can help you realise that you know more than you think, which can put you in a positive mindset for exam day.
Roll the Dice
This fun game is a good way to add some variety to your GCSE maths practice. Given that both test papers have approximately 30 questions each, you’ll need five dice to play with. You’ll also need a practice test, a pen and an answer sheet.
Aim to answer 5 questions in total. Start by picking up one dice, roll it and answer the corresponding question in your practice test. For example, if you roll a 3, answer question 3 in the test.
You can then pick up two dice and follow the same process. Continue in this way until you’ve rolled all 5 dice together and answered 5 questions in total. You can then check your answers using the marking scheme.
Our GCSE Maths Revision Packs
If you need sample questions to practice for the GCSE maths exam, then you’re in luck. At Exam Papers Plus, we publish GCSE maths packs that can help boost your confidence ahead of exam day. They’re a great way to help you become familiar with the layout of the maths exam.
As part of the process of creating these packs, we thoroughly analysed examiners’ reports from previous years to make sure that our questions cover all the essential topics of the exam. To ensure that you’re fully-prepared for test day, we’ve also included some of the most challenging questions that you’re likely to face.
All of our practice papers are written and developed by former GCSE maths examiners and markers. When taken under timed conditions, our practice tests can also help improve your time management skills. The more questions you answer, the quicker you’ll get at answering 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.
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All of our GCSE packs are available immediately after download.