Often I hear people say “How do I revise for Maths?” or “Why isn’t my revision working?”
Well, Mathematics revision is one of which requires a lot of time and understanding. For example, in revising for my GCSE Mathematics I can recall the countless hours spent going through questions after questions after questions. All in all this massively helped me as I managed to get my A* which I desired.
What we have got to also understand is that different revision techniques helps people differently. Some people are visual learners so like reading and looking at how things are done. Some are auditory learners and so learn by hearing about things and contributing in discussions to understand Mathematics. Some however are kinesthetic learners and learn by doing things practically. You find that kinesthetic learners prefer applied mathematics modules and ones of which you can actually apply into an investigation. In physics for example, you could apply the maths you have learned and use it to develop a deeper understanding of why things happen.
I personally find myself to be a visual learner so I would much rather read what the textbooks say and make sense of what is going on in my own mind that way. However I’ve noticed in my own classes that this doesn’t apply to everyone so the teacher may use kinesthetic applications of learning instead.
Following on, my top 3 methods of revision are:
Past Paper Questions
Past paper questions are a classic, and so they should be, they allow students to really apply their knowledge and understanding in a way which they will be asked in their real exam. Furthermore, for visual learners this gives them the chance to really cement that knowledge in their minds as they see what they have learned on paper and how the examiner would see their answer in relation to what is required to achieve those marks. For me this has to be the number one way to memorize and get those marks!
Another revision technique which helped me is revision videos. These both allow visual and auditory learners develop a deeper understanding of topics. Revision videos can be found all over the internet on platforms such as YouTube and Khan Academy. The one which I found to be the best for my personal preferences was Maths Watch as this platform in my GCSE exam season, showed me step by step how to answer exam questions and was sufficient in providing understanding for the topics on the syllabus.
Another revision technique I find to be the very good is project-based learning. At my current educational institution this is a very wide used method of learning and revision. This is because it encompasses all different learning styles into one. All three, visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning and revision methods are met in this way and this is highly effective in deepening knowledge and understanding. Ways you can do this at home include: creating your own projects which include the content within your syllabus or even searching for projects online which use parts of your syllabus in the making of a project.
Following on from this soon will be a blog post on revision timetables and calendars which will help structure your revision in a way which wont allow you to go off track.