This blog will focus on Maths GCSE but will also include some primary school numeracy:-

1) Show my notes as I help my children prepare for their Maths GCSE exams.

2) Share my experience with anyone else studying Maths (up to Maths GCSE)

3) Understand how Maths is taught today and how it compares to my maths school experience.

I was amazed to read in the Guardian that nationally 22% of 11-16 year-olds had private tuition and that in London that figure rockets to 43%!

Its over 30 years since I studied Maths so its probably not surprising that I couldn’t immediately help with my daughter’s homework. My first thought was to learn with my children but I thought they would probably become impatient as they watched me struggle. Then it struck me, my children are only 10 and 12 so I had a few years before they would start Maths GCSE, why not find out all about the syllabus, get a book and study so I could help them.

MyMaths blog will document my ups and downs and provide a resource for like minded parents. I must admit I don’t know what I’m getting into and will need all the help I can get. If you have any tips or useful links please pass them on.

I will use the blog to record my notes as I go through the Maths GCSE syllabus. Please feel free to leave comments and ask questions. Please note that I am not a Maths teacher and my only qualification is Maths O Level (in the seventies this was the equivalent to Maths GCSE today).

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  1. Kay says:

    I recommend the GCSE maths books on the above website.
    They are particularly suitable for students doing a 1 year
    GCSE revision/ resit class.
    They have a write-on format throughout and give plenty of
    practice until confidence is gained. The major benefit is that
    you then have a clearly structured set of notes to revise from.

    Best of luck.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Kay

    I’ve already purchased a textbook (AQA GCSE Mathematics for higher sets- editor Glyn Payne published Longman-Pearson). Are the books you recommend suitable for new AQA Maths GCSE 2010?

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  4. wadzanai says:


  5. Tanya says:


    I’m a 34 year old independent, self taught maths student. I want to sit the maths foundation, linear GCSE in 2012 as I need maths to study Teaching. I’ve been on the AQA website, looking for study guides and all I’ve found are sample and specification papers. I’d really like this text book you purchased. Can you post or send me the website link please? I’m really pleased to have found this blog.


    • admin says:

      Hi Tanya

      This link takes you to the AQA Resources page for GCSE Linear Maths. From there you will see a link to textbooks. If you click on this you will see a list of all the publishers (including my choice, Longman).

      On my resources page I also include links to enable you to go to Amazon (amazingly its a little cheaper to buy the books through Amazon than through the links provided by AQA) and buy the text books for Maths GCSE 2010 Linear course (Higher, Middle and Foundation). Did you know that Higher covers grades D to A*, Middle covers grades E to B and Foundation G to C?

      Here’s link to resources page:- Resources Page

  6. gainni says:

    can you put more methods on here

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the question Gainni

      For the 2, 3, 4 & 5 times tables I’m not sure that there are any tricks or methods to help. I think you just have to learn them through repetition. Playing online games may also help. Here is link to a good free resource that was set up by a primary school:-
      Maths Timetables

      Does this help?

  7. tom says:

    i like this but i want some practice pass papers to work on and can u hurry it up because i got my exam this Wednesday. please, please, please

  8. jacqui says:

    Hi my son uses mymaths for school maths homework and loves it – being able to get a score and then redo to learn and get a better mark is such a good idea.
    The reason Amazon is cheaper is a lot of their stuff comes via the Channel Islands where there are loop holes in vat (which are about to be closed by the government) so we will soon find the stuff from Amazon goes up in price I’m afraid. Good blog. I got my maths three or four years ago and it was such hard work. (I’m 55!) but I got it thank goodness.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jacqui,

      My daughter also uses mymaths. I’m not sure she would say that she loves it but it certainly helps her and I agree that it has lots of good features. I didn’t realize that Amazon used this loophole- it will be interesting to see what happens. Congrats on getting your Maths GCSE. I find it a lot harder now than I did in my teens. I’m sure the syllabus now is more extensive and challenging than it was when took my O level back in the mid seventies.

  9. thanks for your blog, i want to admit my younger brother in an English medium school.
    hope , we collect more information regarding maths form your site ,
    any way, can you give some more explanation about Maths GCSE 2010.

  10. Re-math says:

    Hi admin,
    Your blog is very helpful. I want to know long it can take me prepare fully. I want to sit in the exam asap i.e. in June 2012.

    My background
    I haven’t even bought the book or contacted anybody about sitting the exam. I am 28 year old. I came to UK in 2009. I studied Maths in my matric (gcse level), fsc(a level), BSc computers. The I did MS computers but there was no Maths in my MS. I was quite good at Maths. My two sisters did international gcse and a levels. So I know I studied far beyond ALevel. But I left Maths in about 2003.

    I want to do a Postgraduate Certficate of Education in Maths and then teach GCSE and CSE. I don’t need to sit for any exam. May be just GCSE English. But I want to do full justice to the job and sit for GCSE Maths, additional Maths and English and CSE Maths and further Maths.

    I just want to know how soon can I sit?

    • admin says:

      Based on your experience my best guess would be that you should not find it difficult. Obviously, how long it will take you to prepare depends on how many hours you can spare per day. Please note I am not a teacher and it’s well over 30 years since I went to school so I’m not qualified to offer anything other than common sense! As you have previously studied to “A level” it should not take you too long. I certainly think you could be ready to sit the exam in June 2012. You need to find a local exam centre and apply as soon as possible. My local exam centre asked me to come in before 10th February to be sure to meet their deadline. Did you read my article about becoming a private candidate (here’s link). In summary you need to decide which examining board you are going to use, find a local examination centre. Then ring the exam centre and make an appointment to go in and sort out the admin. You will need to take in a photo ID and a fee (my local centre charged £62.60- but it will vary a little from centre to centre).

      Good Luck!

  11. Re-math says:

    How do yo know which school is using which board?

    • admin says:

      If you are talking about sitting as a private candidate, each board has designated exam centres for private candidates. The boards publish lists of these centres. If you check out this link it explains a bit more. Basically, you have to find out and then ring your nearest exam centre to arrange to sit the exam.

  12. sana says:

    Hi there, i really want a mock gcse exam online. is that possible on this website?
    Thanks :)

  13. veethusan says:

    kl i doing my GCSE for maths yh and i can you put some website that has past paper tat u can access for free plz

    • admin says:

      Hi Veethusan
      Sorry I’ve taken so long to reply. If you go to my resources page you will find (at the bottom of the page) links to AQA’s specimen question papers and marking schemes for the new Maths GCSE (2010) paper (first exams June 2012). Please note there are specimen papers for the foundation and higher levels. I hope this helps.

  14. crystal silcox says:

    hey i need soome help with my maths problems please help in

  15. Jinu Kim says:

    Hi ,I`m 4th grade student.
    Really i don`t understand 319 ?
    x 52
    6 3 8
    1 5 9 5
    1 6 4 8 8
    Please help this ^ ^ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Jinu Kim says:

    Sorry , I mean,

    x 52

    • admin says:

      Hi Jinu- Thanks for the question. Have you tried the grid method of multiplication? I explain it here (includes video) You might find if you answer this question using the grid method- you might understand how it works using the normal method that you showed. Please let me know how you get on. If you’re still not sure I will try to find a way of making it clearer.

  17. Steve says:

    Great idea – good luck. Have a look at my blog, I’ve put together som ideas that just might help you and your kids.


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