Revision Technique

 

My Year 9 and 10 have a test tomorrow and my year 11s are winding down so I gave my year 11 class the following task:
 

“My year 9 and 10 are having a test tomorrow.  Can you have a look at it and give them some hints/information that will help those who get stuck on the piece of paper I’ve given you?  Thanks"
 

I gave each pair a plain sheet of A3 paper and a copy of the test. Then they got on with it.  After a while they started writing things on the board (without prompting from me) then near the end we discussed which info was useful and which wasn’t, the reasons why and whether it was phrased in a way the other class could understand.

 

The finished article is here. Really useful task as it helped my year 11s to revise too and the G and T kids were really challenged to explain things in writing in a way that was understandable to somebody of a diff ability (who wasn't there with them).  I've asked someone to photocopy it for tomorrow and will give it to my classes as a crib sheet during the test. Then I think I'll ask them to give feedback re how useful it was and how they improve it.

Maths Table Mat / Poster shown on right from @ReviseJustMaths - Click here

Ask An Expert

After an exam or test get the pupils to write down the last 3 questions they got correct, (eg. Q17, 19 and 23)  The teacher writes down or projects the numbers 1 to 30 (if there are 30 questions) and pupils split a post-it into 3, write their name on each post-it and then stick it next to the question number on the board.  Pupils then look to gain sufficient marks to move up a grade or get an extra 20% or ... by looking at the questions they couldn't do and then by checking the list on the board finding an expert to help them - More detail can be found here:  pdf Version     Word Version

Exam Advice

Key Advice to avoid losing easy marks on the exam papers - Click here       Extra Key Point - Click here
Superb idea to get the pupils to appreciate the key topics to revise - Click here      Supporting PowerPoint to explain the process - Click here
Exam Language in Maths Exams - Click here
This document outlines a variety of approaches to revision - Click here

Click here for a fully Glossary of Mathematical Terms

GCSE Revision Materials 

Thanks to Alex Deveson for sharing the following sets of Exam Questions - follow on twitter @MathsAlex

A* GCSE Questions - Click here
A   GCSE Questions - Click here
B   GCSE Questions - Click here
C   GCSE Questions - Click here
D   GCSE Questions - Click here

Thanks to Paul Collins for putting together most of these Homework Sheets covering targeted GCSE grades - Click here

Bingo Cards which provide a great means of assessing a wide range of topics - Foundation and Higher Versions available - Click here

Revision Videos

www.m4ths.com has an extensive range of higher tier revision videos and a large amount of exam questions - Click here

Mathcasts is a Maths revision website with all the lessons you need to achieve a grade C or higher at GCSE Maths - Click here

Hegarty Maths has a wide selection of categorised videos - Click here

There is a YouTube channel called Applepip Productions which has a variety of revision videos some for Higher tier and some suitable for Foundation - Click here
Section on YouTube dedicated to Revision Videos for Higher Tier - Click here
This free site has over 2100 instructional video clips of a teacher explaining all the key Mathematical Topics from KS3 to KS5 - Click here

Foundation Tier Materials - These include relays, card sorts, exam questions, key facts, quizzes, CD Teaching Materials ... - Click here

Foundation GCSE Revision Cards - Click here
Foundation GCSE Key Facts Sheet - Click here
Foundation GCSE Revision Checklist - Click here

Foundation GCSE Questions to be used as series of starters - Pupils should make up their own variations having tackled the one presented - Click here
Foundation GCSE Prompts to be used as a series of starters - Pupils should generate their own questions using the visual prompt - Set 1 Click here         Set 2 Click here

Domino Activity covering the key facts that pupils should remember:    Version 1      Version 2     Version 3

Foundation Bingo Cards - 7 Sets of problems - Click here

Grade C-D 10-4-10 Questions - Lancashire Materials  - Click here

This site enables you to generate Worksheets which can be used for Revision Purposes (Use drop down menu top left) - Click here

Kangaroo Maths has an excellent section with assessment materials for each Attainment area at Grade D, C, B and A/A* - Click here

This document gives a list of Key Topics for those targeting a grade C with hyperlinks to mymaths tutorials - Click here

This section has Teaching Materials and Tests for all the Grade C and Grade D topics - Click here

Higher Tier Materials - These include relays, card sorts, revision Races, exam questions, key facts, quizzes ... Click here

100 Hard GCSE Questions - A and A* Grade Worked Solutions for Revision - Click here

Higher GCSE Questions to be used as series of starters - Pupils should make up their own variations having tackled the one presented - Click here
Higher GCSE Prompts to be used as a series of starters - Pupils should generate their own questions using the visual prompt - Set 1 Click here         Set 2 Click here

This site enables you to generate Worksheets which can be used for Revision Purposes (Use drop down menu top left) - Click here

Kangaroo Maths has an excellent section with assessment materials for each Attainment area at Grade D, C, B and A/A* - Click here

Students to match up the clues to a collection of exam questions on 10 higher topics, then use the clues to answer the questions. Peer assess using the rough mark scheme provided - Click here

Higher Tier and AS/A2 Revision Notes can be found at  www.mathsrevision.net

If you want access to Edexcel questions at Higher & Intermediate level for every GCSE exam from 1999 to 2009 - Click here

All Grades

Free ebook from Barton Maths Click here

For grade descriptors and self assessment forms Click here

For Grade C, Grade B and Grade A/A* Passports which can be stamped and used by pupils to gain credit for providing evidence of understanding - Click here

Revision World, a site allowing access to a wide range of revision material with the option of building a revision timetable - Click here

Ma+hs Card APP:
The GCSE level app contains all of the really useful formulae you get on the printed cards, but with the added advantage of having it available on your mobile at the touch of a button, making it ideal for home and revision use. Just like the printed card, the mathscard® app is completely free of charge. It is available to download from BlackBerry App World, Apple’s app store, Ovi Store (for Nokia) and Android Market  - Click here

TES Resources - Compiled by Mr Barton

Revision questions and answers from Kenny's Pouch (Kangaroo Maths) for grades A-D (scroll down) - Click here

Get the class working in groups and then give them sections of an exam paper which they hand in for marking when complete.  The results are entered on this spreadsheet which allows you to enter the grade/level boundaries and pupils can then see the progress they are making as the grade changes as they complete more exam questions - Click here

Click here for a Spreadsheet to record Quiz results which ranks the teams
Click here for a PowerPoint template for a Multiple Choice Quiz
Click here for a PowerPoint which uses just the diagrams from exam questions and the pupils have to pose and answer the question, these are GCSE Higher Tier Problems
Click here for a PowerPoint Brain Training Quiz - This one has Level 2/3 Content

Free Downloadable Revision Guide for all Grades - Click here

Key Websites - Click here

Warm Up Activities - Designed to be used just before an exam to settle students and prepare them mentally for the examination, includes key points from topics - Click here (Charlie Dawson and Stella MacKenzie and Myself)

Alternative Warmups can be found here - these are number based and designed to focus the students - Click here

Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions in people's understanding of mathematics which ultimately give rise to errors. CIMT have identified 24 of those most commonly found and of these, they have produced some supporting resources for the first 8 at the moment - Click here

Looking for a useful set of materials to highlight common errors at levels 3-5 and also 6-8 and   worksheets to practice key topics in preparation for SATs and GCSE (Intermediate/Foundation)
Then I suggest you look at these by Pearson Publications (£26) - Click here

A free series of downloadable posters highlighting common mistakes - Click here