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Mathematics is built on laws. No matter what your opinion on if the laws are stupid or not, you’re going to have to do what they tell you if you want to pass your GCSE. There is one that you’re going to use in almost every aspect of your maths exam though. The one that everyone always seems to forget even though it is one of the most important. BIDMAS.
Oh no. Not algebra. I can already see you click the back button but hold it there. Stay with me. Take your hand off the mouse, sit back and get ready. You’re about to find out that algebra isn’t that hard, in fact you already know how to do it. You just don’t realise it. Stick with me, we’ll get there.
So, you get to the end of year 9 and as well as everything else that is going on in your life, you have to make choices concerning what subjects you will be studying for the next two years, which may have an impact on what you may study later at Advanced level and beyond at college or university. The decision may weigh very heavy on you.
Before a started to write this article, I diligently wrote notes and formulated a plan. I have a vast experience of supporting students with difficulties; instructing both teaching and non-teaching staff to assist students and on a more personal note supporting a close family member. However, I felt that the planned article could have just have been replaced with a short lecture as it lacked the sincerity that I wanted to convey.
One of the biggest changes that is coming to the various maths exams is that there will be a lot more contextual questions on the papers than in the past. Contextual is just a fancy way of saying, plenty of sentences, but that still doesn’t help us to solve the question does it? The easiest way to go through this is to simply go through as many of these questions as possible in order to hammer home the ways that these questions might trip you up. If we tackle them together, when the exam rolls around there will be no question too wordy for you.
There has been an absolute boatload of changes to the mathematics curriculum over the last few years. Ignore what your parents tell you, exams are not getting easier. In fact, they’re getting significantly harder. While some of the increase in difficulty does involve more difficult questions being moved down to the foundation paper and even some A-Level topics being introduced earlier, a lot of it is from “contextual questions” being used a lot more.
As a student sitting your GCSEs, you may be wondering why there are different exam boards across your subjects. For some schools- even within the same subject- you might find that someone in a different class is with a different exam board to you! This can be confusing, maybe even worrying. You might wonder if there’s a secret reason why your teacher has signed you up for a certain one! Here, we look at some of the reasons exams boards differ- and how this applies to you.
At the end of this, you should be able to: state how you know a reaction has taken place, write a word equation for a given reaction, write a balanced symbol equation for a reaction, given the symbols for the reactants, write a balanced symbol equation for a reaction when you have to look up the symbols from a table and/or using the Periodic table (Higher only)…