GCSE and AS Maths Revision

Here are some maths revision resources, suitable for GCSE and AS Level. All are free and available on their respective websites.

GCSE and A Level Maths Revision – Advice for Students


The Definitive Guide to Maths Revision at GCSE and A Level – there is some great advice here. I especially like the Revision Power Hour. But, for maths, I’d recommend finding more than one past paper question for Step 3, since you need to be doing about 20 marks in 20 minutes.

An Excellent Tool for Quadratics Revision


The Pick a card… resource from Underground Maths is an excellent revision or fluency exercise on the topic of quadratics. Click on one of the cards to reveal a property of a certain quadratic. The task is to work out the content of all the other cards. Clicking “Generate new numbers” produces a brand new quadratic, or you can choose specific values of a, b and c. The resource only generates quadratics with a non-negative discriminant. This ensures the graphs will cross the x-axis.

Topic revision for C1/C2


C1 and C2 Workbook and Exam Papers (from m4thsdotcom). This is a collection of topic-based worksheets and exam papers that are suitable for C1/C2. They are for the Edexcel specification, but definitely useful for other boards too. Individual files can be found here.

GCSE Maths 9-1 Revision Resources


The Access Maths website has many impressive resources. Check out the Crossover Problems, Octagon Revision Mats and Easter Revision Calendars.

Free Revision Guide for 9-1 GCSE Maths


52 page higher and foundation revision guide from www.m4ths.com. This is suitable for Edexcel, AQA and OCR exam boards. There are links throughout the revision guide which open YouTube videos and worksheets. This is the free version – there is a link to buy the full version on page 1.

Cazoom Maths Worksheets Review

Cazoom Maths Worksheet

Cazoom Maths Worksheets is a website offering more than 1000 high-quality maths worksheets for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. The worksheets are differentiated by using a ‘progression’ indicator  of either Light, Medium or Quick. ‘Light’ means a slower rate of progression through the topic; ‘Medium’ refers to a standard expected rate of progression; ‘Quick’ is intended for learners who can make a lot of progress through the topic in a short space of time.

Cazoom-Maths-Worksheets-menu-and-searchThe website can be used by teachers, parents, private tutors, or even students. I found it easy to navigate and locating worksheets is made easy by the clear menu and search function.

There is a large collection of free maths teaching resources, such as blank pie charts, printable graph paper, isometric paper, multiplication grids and more. These teaching resources are available after signing up to their newsletter.

Although not immediately obvious, the coloured Number/Algebra/Geometry/Statistics text on the right-hand side of the homepage are links to each topic area, allowing for easy worksheet hunting.

The Worksheets

Worksheets are separated into topic areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics and are downloadable pdf files. There are also starter activities and GCSE revision worksheets for grades A*-G. Hee’s a gallery of some of the worksheets from their free sample pack:

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I like the clean layout of Cazoom’s worksheets – the purpose of each task is very clear. Answers are also available for all worksheets. Colour is used appropriately and does not distract the learner (I have seen some worksheets – not from Cazoom – that contain more colours than a Dulux colour palette).

Although no longer officially used, the Cazoom worksheets still include National Curriculum Level indicators, which can be useful for knowing which topics are suitable for various age groups.



What to study at A-level?

Excellent advice from The Guardian for students deciding what to study at A-level:


I certainly agree with the following paragraph from this article:

Enthusiasm for a subject is important, because A-levels are stretching. “It’s worth considering which subjects you actually enjoy,” says Carys Roberts, head of admissions at Bangor University. “Then you’re more likely to get to grips with the continuous study and revision which comes with A-level work.”

Another important point regarding the changes taking place in the next few years:

It’s worth remembering that from next academic year, A-levels will no longer be assessed in modules. For someone who doesn’t thrive in an exam setting, this could have serious implications on their final grades. It’s therefore worth thinking about other qualifications that might better suit your personal learning preferences.

How good is your maths?

Last week, on the back of a story of a nine-year-old criticising the Government’s High Speed Two projectThe Telegraph posted a maths quiz on their website. So… how good is your maths? (No calculators allowed!)