The Singing Hedgehog Guide to:

Revision and Exams

What's in the exam

Topic guide - find it, print it out, scribble on it, read it, ask about it

Weak areas – find them, don’t hide them do something about them

Strong areas – don’t ignore them, welcome familiar questions

Do some practice

Best practice - work as if it is the real thing, no internet etc, layout, full working

Quality vs quantity – variety of sources eg CGP, previous syllabus, other exam boards, questions that are sufficiently challenging

Use of support when stuck – blind copying is not learning, highlight where you had help, help your teacher to help you


Other Sources: Students - nrichBBC BitesizePlus Magazine (part of MMP), Hegarty Maths on YouTube,,, Khan Academy (US focus), Corbett Maths, Mr Barton Maths

Teachers - nrichUKMT Maths Challenges, TES Resources, MyMaths Twitter: #mathschat, #mathscpdchat, @mathsjem


Perform under pressure

If in doubt, do some maths

Find the maths amongst the distractions

Look for cue words

Break the question down into simpler tasks

Don’t worry about tricky bits until you get to them

Look out for separate sub-questions



Have you answered the actual question?

Common mistakes, units

Numbers: Have you used the right values?

Process: Have you used the correct method?

Maths: is your working correct?

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