Category Archives: Exam tips

9 – 1 Grade Boundaries

As most readers will know, this year sees GCSE maths grading change from A* to E to 9 – 1.  There has been much speculation as to what the grade boundaries will be for each new level. The first (that I have found) to publish the grade boundaries are Cambridge, for their IGCSE and can be […]

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Large Data Sets

Large data sets – not the most inspiring of titles, but one which we teachers of A Level maths will become increasingly familiar over the next few weeks and months. A Level maths is changing, but two plus two remains four, most of the content that is in the current A Level syllabus is in […]

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Revision is temporary …

… results are permanent. Bill Shankly famously once said: Form is temporary, class is permanent I (rather less famously) have butchered his words to come up with the motivational message above to maybe spur one or two on with their revision as the summer exams loom ever closer. Feel free to do with it what […]

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Another great idea I’ve pinched

If I’m honest, I don’t think that I’ve had an original idea in my life, and why change the habits of a lifetime now when I can nick the brilliant ideas of those I work with. The latest idea I’m stealing is “cheat sheets” for tests. My Year 11’s were due a test so for […]

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A cute angel

Many years ago I set a test and one of the questions asked the pupils to Draw an acute angle and I received many correct answers: an angle between 0 and 90 degrees. But one student drew me a wonderful picture, like the one above, of a cute angel. An easy mistake to make, and […]

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