Last minute revision – GCSE Maths

7 best ways to prepare for GCSE Maths in the last minute!  Warning!  This is a no-nonsense guide!

 

Tip 1:  Flick through the text book to ensure you know all the formulae

At the end of each chapter, you will see a summary section which key formulae and concepts.  Read these!  If you didn’t know any of them, learn them!  Learn them now!  Don’t waste a second!

Tip 2:  Make Revision Q-Cards

While revising and doing past papers, you will come across questions which surprised you in how difficult they were.  Add them to a Q Card and read it on the day of the exam, about 30 minutes before the exam.

Tip 3:  Past Papers, Past Papers, Past Papers and more Past Papers

Any Maths Teacher will tell you that that past papers are the ONLY way to pass.  Anyone who tells you otherwise is an idiot. Past papers are very accessible from the exam board websites and from many other websites.  Do all of the past papers for your course.  Don’t skip any.  If you do, you deserve to fail.

Tip 4:  Mark your work harshly

Mark your own past papers using the mark scheme.  In case you’re wondering, “B marks” are independent marks meaning you give yourself the mark simply by writing the answer, “M marks” are method marks which are awarded for trying to use the correct method and “A marks” are accuracy marks which are awarded if you get the right answer AND you got the method mark also.

When marking your own papers, mark harshly.  If you are not sure if you got the mark, just assume you didn’t.  And LEARN FROM EVERY MISTAKE!  Don’t ever repeat the same mistake twice.

Tip 5:  Ask your teacher!

Most of you will be on study leave now and will assume that you cannot go into school and ask your teachers about any questions you may have.  But you can.  So do so.  But make sure you collect all of your questions so you’re not making a long trip in for every question.

Tip 6:  Get an ELITE Tutor

If you would like something carefully explained to you, with teachers who have every student of theirs get an A* at GCSE Maths, click here and sign up for our tutoring programme.  We can arrange an ELITE Tutor for you in a matter of hours.

Tip 7:  Sleep and eat well!

Last minute revision works!  It does!  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. However you can only go two days with little sleep before your brain actually starts to under perform.  So if you are going to do an all nighter, then make sure you’ve already planned when you will catch up with the sleep.  Or better, sleep properly and drink plenty of water.  It will make you more alert and your revision will be more effective.

 

If you want to take a chance and not do the above, sign up

After you fail your GCSEs, we’ll be right there to offer you tuition for your re-sits.


 

Good luck!

 

 

Do you suffer from Exam Anxiety?

Unhappy with A level resultsEver sat in an exam panicked?  Frozen with mind block.  Ever looked at the exam questions afterwards and thought “I could have done that”?

3 / 5 students suffer from some form of exam anxiety.  Whether it is getting a mental block or freezing under the nerves of the exam pressure.  At ELITE Tuition, we formally recongise this as a element to be conquered to get the A* grade.  We are offering our expert tips in this free booklet below:



 

 

How to do A-Level Maths Past Papers

Maths ExamAs we approach the summer exams, students will start their campaign of past papers. There are many Do’s and Don’t’s when it comes to doing past papers. The key point to remember that the real exam will have to be sat under exam conditions, without anyone or anything assuring you that you are doing questions correctly. It is best to emulate that as closely as possible.

So when doing a past paper:

1) Sit the paper under exam conditions. Do not use any study aids or guides to help you.

2) Do not mark the paper until you have completed it. It is tempting to look at the mark scheme while you are doing the paper, but this is terrible for developing examination technique.

3) Mark the paper harshly. If you’re unsure if what you’ve written should earn the mark, then you probably haven’t. But do feel free to check with your ELITE Tutor.

4) Make sure you understand why you didn’t get the marks on the questions which you’ve done incorrectly. Do you need to revise this topic, or did you simply not spot the trick.

5) Place a Post-It note on each question you still do not understand for your ELITE Tutor. Go through how to do these questions and make sure you know how to get EVERY SINGLE MARK.

6) Record each trick that you have learnt into a separate file which you can review to remember.

 

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How to pass GCSE Maths

Ten Top Tips to Guarantee you Pass GCSE Maths

Student preparing for exams

GCSE Maths is compulsory and is needed to get into University and for many jobs.  Sadly, one in three students fail GCSE Maths and those who pass may not get a good enough grade.  Below are the Ten Top Tips guaranteed to get you a good passing grade in GCSE Maths.

Tip 1 – The Value of Homework

Think homework is just to keep the teacher happy?  Think again.  Education experts know that the human mind is very similar to a muscle.  The more it practises maths, the more it remembers, learns and can recognise patterns.  Doing homework on time is a sure way to consolidate what you have learnt in class, identify what you don’t know, and give your brain the consistency needed to push for the top grade.  Take a look at the 24 Hour Homework Rule for more details.

Tip 2 – Write to your future self

The single biggest secret to the 100% A* Grade success rate of ELITE Tuition is that we tell our students that you must assume you WILL FORGET EVERYTHING you learnt by the time you sit the exam.  85% of students assume that just because they understand something now, they will still remember it at the time of the exam.  That is not true.  Write details in your notes to your future self.  Nobody is a better teacher to you than yourself.  Do this religiously and you will never ever fail.

Tip 3 – Ask your teacher, ask your teacher and ask again if necessary

Your teacher is there to help.  If you don’t understand something, it’s your teacher’s fault.  You didn’t pay attention, that is your teacher’s fault.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.  But if you fail, that is YOUR fault.  That is your problem.  You will not get the opportunities.  You will not get into university.  You will not get that job.

Tip 4 – The internet is your friend

We live in a wonderful time where you can YouTube practically anything.  For GCSE Maths, there are even more sites dedicated to help you succeed.  Wonderful websites such as Khan Academy, GCSE Maths Tutor.com and Maths Tutor.ac.uk (links below) have excellent videos, worksheets and resources.  Best of all, they are FREE!!  Watch these videos after you have learnt a topic.  The effect on your memory is outstanding.

Tip 5 – Get used to exam style questions early

Your GCSE will be an exam.  Not a lesson.  Not a teacher asking you a question.  Not the questions in your text book.  Learn exam technique.  Find out HOW the exam asks questions.  Find out how an exam will link topics together.  Find out how the marks are allocated.  You can get exam style questions without having to look at past papers by going to websites such as MathsNetGCSE and BBC Bitsize (links below) and downloading exam style questions by topic.  Do this after your homework and ask your teacher about questions you don’t know how to do.  Surprisingly, your teacher will be happy that you did this.

StuckinmathsTip 6 – Get stuck in Maths

What was that??  Get stuck?  Why would that lead to success?  The GCSE Maths exam will definitely ask you questions you have no idea how to answer.  You need to problem solve.  You need to write down what you know and see what you can find out.  So do the harder questions.  Don’t skip them.  You need to practise being stuck and figuring out the answer.  If you master this, you will conquer GCSE Maths.  Your school teachers are excellent at doing this.  Many of the times when you ask them a question, they are doing this and it looks effortless.

Tip 7 – Rewind and Review

Every now and then, look at your Maths notes and try and do some of the questions you were set back then.  You can look at work you were set a month ago, or even six months ago.  See if you can still answer the questions.  If you can, great.  If not, look at your notes and see if you can figure it out.  Usually, it all comes back but sometimes you need to ask your teacher just to explain something. If you review your work like this, you will remember it at the time of the exam.  Very clever learners will ensure that everything gets reviewed.  They are the ones who become successful.

Tip 8 – Know your exam board

Visit your exam board’s website.  Look at the resources they have posted online.  You will be shocked at how easy it is to get past papers, mark schemes, worksheets and other great things.  Also, if there are any changes to the style of the questions in the exam, they’ll tell you on their website.  Click on your exam board to be forwarded to their website: EdExcel, OCR, AQA, WJEC.  You should visit their website from time to time and look our for notices about your course.  They will tell you where you can get fantastic resources.

Tip 9 – Past papers, past papers, past papers and past papersiStock_000016853747XSmall

There is literately no better way to master exam technique than to actually do past papers.  These should be done when revising and done under exam conditions.  Do all of them.  Do them twice.  Write Q cards explaining how to do the tricky questions and write model answers.  If you do enough past papers, you will see patterns.  You will begin to see what the examiner is looking for.  It’s the next best thing than having the actual answers to your exam.  The value of this simply cannot be understated.  You can get past papers from the exam board websites and other sites such as Maths Made Easy.

Tip 10 – Find your natural learning style

The single biggest hurdle to learning GCSE Maths in school is not being taught in the way that you naturally learn.  Your preferred learning style is as unique as you are.  Some are visual learners while others are kinaesthetic.  Some learn by examples and others need to be taught logically from first principles.  ELITE Tuition offer free learning assessments to any student regardless of whether you are looking to take tuition with us or not.  Our assessments are performed by learning specialists and educational psychologists.

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Rise of the ELITE Tutor Supermum

Working Mother Holding Sleeping Baby

Having a baby is an exciting time for a mother, but giving up work for a year can be a career killer.  With over 60% of first time mothers choosing not to return to work, this can hit the family income hard.  We at ELITE Tuition believe we have found the answer.

With over 95% of our tutorial sessions taking place over Skype, we have opened up our recruitment to allow mothers with new borns (from 2 months onwards)to apply and work from home, teaching our easy to deliver mathematics programme.

ELITE Tuition has an ever growing army of young mothers and other qualified mathematics teachers, whom for various reasons have not been able to return to the classroom.  We recognise that our teacher colleagues are able to contribute to our teaching arsenal and are delighted at the way we can offer exciting teaching opportunities which are consistent to their parental duties and personal circumstances.

We wish to open this platform of opportunity to all whom have made career sacrifices to be at home.  Be it for a new born baby, or to take care of a loved one, dealing with an illness or to consider a possible career change, working from home as an ELITE Tutor may be the best way forward.

We are looking for highly motivated Mathematics Teachers with a QTS or equivalent qualification and encourage mothers to apply for one of our part time vacancies.  These can be done by clicking here.

 

 

The Best London Maths Tutor

ELITE Tuition are proud to win the Award for Best London Maths Tutors having achieved our sixth consecutive 100% A / A* for A-Level Maths, and a third year running at 100% A* at GCSE Mathematics – Higher Tier.

Best Maths Tutor in London

“The key to becoming a successful Maths Tutor is to carefully monitor how the student is learning mathematics and focusing on how to apply these to unfamiliar techniques.” says Ian Giles, Co-Founder and expert maths tutor.

With the rising competition for spaces at top universities and graduate jobs, having a Grade A in GCSE or A-Level Mathematics has never been more critical.  Many maths tutors will offer superb teaching and coaching but fail to achieve our level of success.  We believe that a maths tutor should be a qualified teacher with a proven track record of teaching excellence and intimate knowledge of exam technique.  There are vast quantities of resources available for GCSE and A-Level Mathematics and yet only a small amount of these reflect the style and structure of exam questions.  It is the job of a good maths tutor to pick these out and use them to develop exam technique.

The ELITE Tuition teaching programmes follow our own carefully designed teaching resources w

hich are tailored to each exam board, and focuses on every permutation to which an examiner can test the topic.  This preparation has not

yet failed to yield in Grade As for our students.

We know of no other maths tutors in London or anywhere else in the UK whom can boast such a claim.  However, we would welcome to hear from our colleagues from other teaching institutions who would like to learn our winning formula for achieving Grades As in the hope that we can raise the standard of teaching and learning in the UK.

If you are a maths tutor, please contact us so we can share our best practises and raise the standard of tutoring.

ELITE Tuition regularly posts articles which offer valuable advice and resources for students taking GCSE and A-Level Mathematics as well as the best way to tackle past papers and develop exam technique.

Follow us @elitetuitionand keep updated with our articles and blogs.

Vital advice from former students about starting AS

Studying for C3 / C4Congratulations!  You have just got your results for your GCSEs and are probably having mixed emotions.  Some of you will be very happy and looking forward to celebrating, while others will feel that they could have done better.

For those of you going into Sixth Form or College to start your AS studies, these following students have kindly given their top pieces of advice in hope that you will not only have a great time but also get the best grades.

“This year, there are no January sittings so MAKE SURE you do all past papers early.  You’ll need time to figure out how the A-Level style questions are different.  If you rely on natural talent, you will fail.”  -  Simon York

“Universities will look at what you get in your AS exams, and schools will make predicted grades based on your AS exam results.  Make sure you ace these if you want to go to a top university.” – Hannah O’Pray

“Everyone told me GCSEs are hard but I did last minute revision and got As.  I tried that at AS level and I got Ds.  A Level isn’t hard but it certainly isn’t something you can do last minute.” – Nikesh Patel

“The questions in the textbooks don’t necessarily match the questions in the exam.  Make sure you do all of the past papers.” – Rajesh Pandya

“Make sure you ask your teacher if there’s something you do not understand.  A-Levels go deeper into things and topics build on each other.  If you are unsure about something, don’t ignore it.” – Matthew Wallice

“Ask A2 students for help.  They are in the college with you and they have already gone through your year.” – Graham James

“Pick a few past papers that you will never look at while studying so that you can use them as an authentic mock.  You won’t see your real exam beforehand and you need to practise that.” – Manish Joshi

“Don’t get behind with your schoolwork.” – Phillip Oluwo

For more hot tips or to discuss these, please follow us @elitetuition or like our Facebook Page.

Top Ten Tips Of A Maths Tutor

Maths is one of those subjects that more kids struggle with than any other in the academic curriculum. Many children, kids and teens need tutors to survive maths programs because they can be very difficult. But a maths tutors are not just for children, they are also for college and university students trying to get their education. Unfortunately, maths courses can be really challenging and can negatively impact their grade point average.

Elite Tuition is an online math tutoring program that is that offers you a guarantee of developing high understanding and therefore achieve high grades. All you need is a computer, broadband connection, headset, an email account and a printer and you are ready.

Top tips of a maths tutor for his/her students:

1) Make sure you complete all assignments – This is important because the assignments are the training ground for all exams.

2) Take courses that you know you can achieve. – Do not take unnecessary courses that will be hard for you and add pressure. Take the necessary courses for your study plan.

3) Make sure your attitude is correct for exams – Preparing for an exam and completing an exam is very stressful. Many students are so afraid of their grade that impairs their preparation. Make sure you are ready, and emotionally free from fear.

4) Eat smart – Yes, eating is important when studying but eating the healthy foods is even more important. Avoid sugars and chocolates and try to eat proper meals, fruits or other healthy snacks.

5) Avoid social media – When students are revising they should not be on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. These are huge distractions for students. Maths requires your full attention and you should not allow controllable distractions to detour you from your studies.

6) Look to the future – No matter how overwhelmed you may feel, the revision period will be over very quickly so keep looking to the future.

7) Don’t let all the work get to you – Yes, there is a lot of work but it can all get done.

8) Place Post-It note – Place post it notes on each question that you do not understand so your tutor can review and make sure you are able to answer all the questions.

9) Avoid study aids – When doing a past paper, make sure to avoid study aids or guides to help you. Treat it as an exam.

10) Focus on learning – Reset your focus to learning rather than achieving a specific goal. Do not think in terms of “if I pass or fail”, but rather, “I need to be able to answer the questions”

The Cognitive Assessment

iStock_000020432813MediumAre you a student who struggles with Maths?  Are you parent who wonders how your child learns?  We at ELITE Tuition believe that identifying the way a student thinks is vital to ensuring they achieve the A grade.  It is for this reason that founder and leading Educational Learning Specialist, Sati Kudhal ensures all of our prospective students receive a free detailed cognitive assessment.

So what is a cognitive assessment?

A cognitive assessment is a thorough analysis of how a student learns, processes information, sorts and allocates data in the mind and how the student recalls information. But how does this help a student do learn Maths better? Our brains uses unique systems to process and recall information. Knowing about these while teaching and learning allows a student to learn more effectively. Much like trying to drive a car in only one gear, learning without thinking about how we are processing information ultimately limits our speed.

Our cognitive assessment looks at many factors such as how the student records information, create systems to manipulate data and also regards the student’s behaviour to difficulties.

The one thing that we can all be certain is that a student will get stuck at some point.  With the pressures on the examination boards to make GCSE and A-Level exams harder, well prepared students are still finding exam questions tricky and unfamiliar.  It is for this reason that we identify how students currently react when stuck, and formally teach them ways to better problem solve in these situations.

A common misconception is that a student is either a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner.  This is about as accurate as saying all students who don’t get it right away, never will.  In truth, we all employ these learning styles and have sophisticated hybrids of these strategies.  Identifying which ones a student uses and training on how to use it effectively is how anyone can get an A at A-Level Maths.  Don’t believe us?  Click here to see our Testimonials.

So why aren’t schools performing these tests on all students?

A detailed cognitive assessment for the learning of Mathematics is an expensive process.  In addition, there are not many people who are trained at performing these assessments.  We hope that in time, educational psychologists will performing these assessments on all students so to help them achieve their full potential.

So why limit your mind to snail pace when after a short assessment, you’ll get keys to turbo boosting your learning?  Click here to arrange your free cognitive assessment.

Top Tips for studying C3 and C4

Are you studying Core 4 in school?  Ever looked and thought “This exam is going to be impossible?”  Are you looking over C3 and C4 and thinking “This is going to pull my grades down.”  Are you shooting for the A* Grade?Last year, 72% of our A2 students scored the A* grade. Below is a short extract of the advice pack we give all of our A2 students.

Exam Guru, Brian Martin lists the key advice all students should focus on when studying the A* modules for A Level Maths.

  • Make sure you remember how to use surds.  Examiners still use surds as a way to make A2 exam questions more difficult.
  • Quadratics are a popular way to test students.  Though these exams will test your knowledge of trigonometry and integration, you will be surprised at the number of times you need to use quadratics to get to the answer.
  • Know your trigonometric identities.  You may convince yourself that you are given all the identities you need in your formulae booklet, but if you need to look them up, you are far from ready.
  • Algebraic Long Division strikes again.  Thought you left this at C2?  Think again.  Anything taught from C1 and C2 is fair game for exam questions in C3 and C4.  This particular technique is increasingly being used in exam questions.
  • Know the rules of logarithms. ln 9 = 2 ln 3.  Did you know that?  You need to.
  • Don’t leave anything to the last minute.  I’m yet to meet a student to has an A* in A-Level Maths who simply left learning C3 or C4 to the last minute.  All of the A* students I have every met studied consistently throughout the term.
  • Do EVERY past paper.  Students at ELITE are required to complete the past papers, the Solomon papers, our own practise papers and the BlueStar Workshops.  Our results is the result.  Do them also.
  • Ask your teacher / ELITE Tutor if there’s anything you don’t understand.  Believe me when I say that your teacher is more than happy to sit with you after school and go through anything you don’t understand if you only give it a try and identify specifically where you get stuck.  If I’m wrong, I’ll personally explain it to you.

To get updates on our latest top tips, or to add some of your own, follow us on twitter @elitetuition.

 

 

 

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