GCSE Maths takes the foundations of mathematics that students have gained at Key Stage Three, and builds on these, applying previously acquired knowledge to new branches of mathematics and challenging students to be able to communicate more effectively mathematically.
To achieve a higher grade pass at GCSE Maths (4 or above), students need to be able to recall facts and knowledge, explain mathematical processes, as well as applying knowledge to unfamiliar scenarios (problem solve).
Students looking to achieve the higher grades (5-9) also need to learn to prove mathematically, and confidently model problems using algebra.
How can we help you achieve your goals?
As well as helping our students keep up with the Maths they are currently studying at school, we aim to achieve the following objectives with our GCSE maths tutoring session:
• Increase confidence – Our expert tutors find creative ways to explain mathematical concepts to students, helping overcome students’ barriers to learning and catering for any special educational needs the student may have.
• Assess prior knowledge and fill in the gaps – All students have gaps in their knowledge somewhere, but most students are unaware of what these are, and it it’s human nature to shy away from topics we feel less confident in. Students will complete assessment tasks as part of their homework each week, which help our tutors build a mathematical profile of their student and pinpoint the areas which need work. These areas will then be addressed in future sessions.
• Promote good study habits and learn to revise effectively – Getting into good study habits as early as possible is key to achieving highly at GCSE. Regular tutoring sessions combined with a structured homework program helps to build a routine, and the success it brings for the student motivates them to do more. Before they know it, they’ve snowballed into having good routines for study and feeling the joy of achieving more.
Keys to Success in GCSE Maths
• Strong knowledge of ratio, proportion and percentages.
• Mathematical literacy and knowledge of key exam terminology.
• Ability to communicate effectively using mathematical language.
• Ability to set out work neatly and effectively.
• Highly developed knowledge of the language of Algebra.
• Ability to problem solve and use more than one branch of mathematics in a single question.
• Ability to decode difficult questions and find a start point.
• Ability to put together convincing arguments and proofs using Algebra.
• Resilience! The exam is tough but remember that, in general, half marks get you a grade 6 or 7.