Before you start:
- Do not wait until the exam period to go and ask for advice or help on a topic.
- Draw up a summary of all the topics to be tested and use it to plan your revision timetable well in advance of the examination period. Devote roughly equal time to each topic.
- Most Maths exams require you to solve problems, so the best way to prepare is by working through as many examples as possible.
- Do not look at a solution, until you have really attempted the problem. If you get stuck:
- Do some further reading.
- Try comparing the problem to other similar examples.
- Do not be tempted to miss out a topic unless you are really desperate. This could seriously limit your options in the examination.
- Use a variety of resources. This will help deepen your understanding and also keep the revision process more engaging. For example:
- Review your notes and read text books. Although reading alone is not enough!
- Work through any homework sheets. i.e. do the examples again.
- Use any relevant websites and computer based quizzes.
- Go through a specimen exam paper.
- Do not just memorize a previous exam paper!!! Even if the format of the paper is fairly consistent from year to year, the types of questions asked can vary quite considerably.
- Leave one past exam paper unseen to attempt a timed dummy run towards the end of your revision period. Obviously, don't look at the solutions until after you have completed the paper.
- Do not stay up late “cramming” the night before an exam. Put your things ready for the morning and get a good night’s sleep.
Why not check out our other study skills guides:
- Reading Skills for Maths
- Writing Skills for Maths
- Problem Solving Skills for Maths
- Exam Skills for Maths