The complete GCSE maths revision guide

:Revision topics, techniques, tools and resources

GCSE maths revision season can be a stressful period for students and parents, but with the right tools, techniques, and resources, we ensure that your experience leading up to the GCSE maths exams is smooth and enjoyable. 



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GCSE maths topics

There are a number of topics covered in year 10 and year 11 GCSE maths. Our curriculum ensures that you master all the skills needed to be ready to go for the exams. Here’s a short list of the topics covered in both years. 

Year 10 maths

Year 11 maths

  • Factorising quadratics 
  • Proving circle properties and circle angels 
  • Pythagoras Theorem, trigonometry and vectors 
  • Turning points, finding rules for sequences, and simultaneous equations 
  • Scatter graphs, trends, and sampling 
  • Venn diagrams and quadratic formula 
  • Angles of elevation and depression 
  • Volumes of different shapes (spheres, pyramids, and cones) 
  • Histograms, inverse proportions, and congruent triangles 
  • Conditional probability and OR Rule 
  • Ration and cumulative frequency
  • Functions, notation, inverses and composites 
  • And much more! 
  • And much more!


GCSE maths revision: what’s covered

What’s unique about Explore Learning is that we tailor each lesson for your needs. This means we don’t make you follow a strict study plan or make you tick off boxes. Instead, we take the time to know what you need the most and help you address the topics you struggle with most. 

Although each exam board has a different exam style, they share many of the same GCSE maths topics. Here are some of the most important topics you should be aware of: 

  • Algebra 
  • Geometry and Measures 
  • Statistics 
  • Probability 
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Rates of Change
  • Number 


If you’re looking for the specific topics covered under each category, make sure to browse the individual exam board for in-depth introductions for the topics: 

Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR)

Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)


Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)

Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA)


GCSE maths revision resources


GCSE exam past papers

There are a number of different resources you can use to revise for the GCSE maths exam. One of the most popular ways to study for the exam is to solve past papers. Solving past papers not only helps you understand the exam techniques and question styles, but also allows you to time yourself and have that needed exam-setting mentality. 

You can download free exam papers online. Here are some quick links to some of the exam boards’ exam papers: 





Practice questions and answers

When tackling the GCSE maths exam, it’s very important that you’re used to the exam style questions and model answers. Getting used to the style of the exam makes you more comfortable with facing different kinds of questions, especially during the exam day. 

The best way to do so, is to refer to GCSE maths textbooks and GCSE maths revision booklets. Our tutors can recommend the best textbooks and booklets for you to use based on the exam paper you’ll be taking and your learning style. It’s essential that you speak to your tutor about your learning needs so that they can look for the best resources to meet those needs. 


Revision advice and guidance

We know that each person has their own revision techniques, but it’s important to always try different methods to see what works best for you since it might differ for every subject. Here are some of the ways we think work best with our students. 


Create a revision timetable

A revision timetable includes the days of the week and the hours you have available to study. You can colour code it based on every subject and day of the week. A revision timetable can help you focus your time and put you on track to following a schedule so you can tackle as many topics as you can. 


Vary your revision with different activities

Different activities can help train your mind into remembering the methods and strategies for the exam. Some of the most popular study methods include: 

  • Mind maps 
  • Study groups 
  • Post-it notes 
  • Stories/songs/rhymes 
  • Flash cards 
  • Teaching 


Use revision cards

Making revision cards is one of the most common ways to study for an exam. Revision cars usually have the question on one side and the answer on the other. This helps you make sure that you know the answer/method to the question without having to go through the textbook or notebook to find the answer. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that the process of creating the revision cards is a very important revision method in itself? So, what are you waiting for? Start making your own now! 


Do lots of practice papers

Once again, practice papers are really important in your exam revision process and play a key role in helping you identify patterns in mistakes and trends in questions. Find more ways to support your child during their exam preparation here.



The best GCSE revision tools

Procrastination; we all know it and we all sometimes fall in its trap. Studying for different subjects over multiple months makes you want to procrastinate and wait till the last minute. It is very, very important that you don’t procrastinate, but instead give yourself well-deserved breaks and rest from studying. 

One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is to follow a strict study schedule, where you focus only during the allocated time and pursue other tasks during other times. 

Another tool to avoid procrastination is to study using the 25-5-25 minutes study method. This is a method where you study for 25 minutes straight, then take a 5 minutes break, then study again for 25 minutes. This helps you stay focused and motivates you to keep going. 


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