Adrian from Adrian Beckett Maths Tutors has kindly contributed a guest post. We LOOOOOVES guest posts at Flying Colours - if you have something about Maths you want to get off your chest, do drop me an email.
For a lot of people, getting a C in GCSE Maths can make a massive difference to their future. I’ll be talking about how you can ensure you get that C in Part 1 of the series ‘How to get a C in GCSE Maths without becoming a nervous wreck’.
1. DON’T PANIC!
Whatever you do, stay calm. Glad we got that point out the way!
2. Learn your times tables
If you can’t multiply confidently, it’s like sailing up stream without a paddle (or however the saying goes). In fact, it’s worse - it’s like you’re ﬂoating on a piece of wood down a river with a great big waterfall heading your way. You’re not going to get a C without knowing your times tables.
3. Learn to add small digits
You need to know how to add small digits e.g 8 + 6. I can bet you some of you are still using your ﬁngers. This will slow you down and cost you valuable time in the exam.
4. Get help if you’re struggling
If you don’t know points 2 and 3 and your tutor can’t help you, get in touch with me and I’ll send over some tips.
5. Know the Big Four
Make sure you can do a written method of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. I would recommend the column method for addition and subtraction , the grid method for multiplication and the chunking method for division.
[Editor’s note: I believe there are nice yellow books to help you with this, too.]
6. Learn the language
Like any other subject, you need to learn vocabulary for Maths too. Just pretend it’s not Maths and start learning the words like you would for Spanish or Science. Flashcards, Post it Notes are all helpful. Repeating the word a 100 times in different voices, moods - try saying Pythagoras as if you’re in love - can be helpful too. I’ve just been through all the Foundation papers. Here are some essential words to learn:
- Line of Symmetry
- Rotational Symmetry
- Prime Number
- Prime Factor
- Square root
- Equivalent Fraction
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