Welcome to Wyvern College’s Maths Revision Website. Here you will find out about all the resources available to you to help you revise for your GCSE exams.
What can I use to help me revise?
There are two revision books you can buy, the revision guide and the revision workbook. Definitely get a revision guide. The workbook is a nice optional extra if you want questions to practise. Both books are available for order via the Wyvern online payment system and for collection from the Finance Office.
MyMaths is a brilliant revision tool that you should be using regularly. Use the online lessons and online homeworks to revise individual topics. Use the booster packs to revise a variety of topics at a certain grade. Choose the right booster pack for you.
BBC Bitesize GCSE Maths is a superb website specifically designed for revision. You will find short explanations and videos about topics and also test questions. Make the most of this superb website.
Every student at Wyvern has a free login for MathsWatch. It features a video lesson and practice questions for every topic on the maths GCSE. There is also a free iOS app you can download if you have a iPhone/iPad. Speak to your teacher if you’ve lost your login.
MathsWatch Weekly Revision Schedule
You can download a weekly revision schedule based on MathsWatch clips here:
During the 1st revision session for each topic you will need to make written notes. Click here to download a template for the notes.
This is an example of what good notes look like:
What do I need to revise?
Your teacher will be giving you quality feedback in your lessons about topics that you personally need to revise. Make sure you make a note of these in lessons so you can target your revision on the topics you need to work on. Don’t fall into the trap of revising things you can already do!
Here are some progression maps that you can download. These tell you exactly what you need to be able to do to move up from one grade to the next. Use these to guide your revision so you can meet and even exceed your target grade:
7 Tips for exam success
Here are our 7 tips for exam success:
- BRAIN BOOK BUDDY BOSS. By May 2012, our students must be able to handle all their maths without having to use us as a resource. We are not there yet, of course, but we need to be. We encourage students to try their brains first, then refer to their note books and revision materials if they are stuck. If this does not work we encourage learning conversation with “buddies” and we (the ‘bosses’) will step in and help when this does not work.
- ONE WEEK, NO BLANKS. Students have one week to work on each paper so they have plenty of time to find out how to solve issues and plenty of time to seek help from their teachers if necessary. If papers are handed in with blanks or comments like “I did not get this, please can you help me” then we ask you support us when we set a Compulsory Extra Study Period (to be done within 24 hours of submission of unsatisfactory work) where students will have to come and complete the work to a good standard. Teachers will inform their students if there is a question they might not yet be able to do – all other questions should be attempted.
- WE’RE HERE. WHERE ARE YOU? We are available at lunch times and after school if there are issues and students are expected to take advantage of this.
- COMING TO LESSONS IS NOT ENOUGH. There are effectively 4.5 years of Mathematics education that our students have to commit to memory by May 2012. Just because a student could solve equations in today’s lesson, if he cannot do it in the following week’s past paper, he has not learnt it. The best way to learn in Mathematics is to practise. The best way to practise is to do practice papers properly.
- IF WE PUT IT UP, YOU GET IT DOWN. Teachers mark papers weekly, hand them back and go over key issues in lessons. We model how questions should be done. It’s the student’s responsibility to record corrections.
- THINK IN INK. It’s all about Quality of Written Communication in 2012 and students need to show everything they are thinking in the way we have been modelling it for 5 years.
- USE THE LAST TO IMPROVE THE NEXT. A perfect student will keep every practice paper in their own folder. This way, a student can see his progress from week to week. He will also have a bank of questions that will, as time goes by, be useful examples that will help him answer new questions.