Maths teacher Andy Thomas gives a detailed account of what took place during his recent Academic Scholar session.
I spoke to 16 pupils (Year 7 to 10) about how they can best prepare for maths assessments and of course for their GCSE.
I talked to the pupils about the following diagram which shows how all the topics that are studied at iGCSE connect to each other.
The pupils were surprised by the number of topics and how many connections there were from one area of maths to another. The task ahead of the pupils is to ensure that their revision is strategic enough to ensure all topics are covered and that it helps them make the connection from one area of maths to another.
They were shown how to make an effective maths topic revision sheet. They were encouraged not to spend too long making it pretty but to ensure time was used effectively to produce a revision sheet that included worked examples and tips linked to using a calculator effectively.
The pupils were also shown the excellent CorbettMaths revision cards.
The cards clearly display the key information that needs to be learnt. They also have links to video clips, exam questions and solutions. They will be available to purchase from the maths department.
Finally, learners were encouraged to study maths using the following cycle:
Practice questions – mark the questions – identify areas of weakness – improve – repeat.
I finished the session by emphasising that success is always underpinned by hard work, failure, doubts, setbacks, persistence, early mornings, late nights, sacrifice, courage, action and a willingness to take a risk!