# Blog

## Direct and inverse proportion for Foundation GCSE

For Foundation GCSE you need to know what equations and graph shapes represent direct and inverse proportion, and work with equations given to you, but you don’t have to actually derive the equations, as you do at Higher. You also…

## Strategies for listing/calculating possible outcomes

The GCSE Maths topic of systematic listing strategies is all about working out how many possible outcomes there are – i.e. how many ways there are for something to happen – for example when finding probabilities. Sometimes the simplest way…

## Equilibrium and resultant forces (A-level Maths Year 1)

This article, on equilibrium and resultant forces, follows on from my recent post on Forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion, and covers part of the Mechanics content of the first year of A-level Maths – though I’m sure that a…

## Why is the cost of theatre tickets so high?

This is a different kind of post from my usual, but it still involves numbers, and in a real-life context too: that of budgeting a musical theatre show and deciding how to set the cost of theatre tickets. As well…

## How to answer Rate of Flow questions (GCSE Maths)

Rate of flow is a topic that’s sometimes omitted in GCSE Maths text books, or perhaps included in the form of just a question or two in the section on compound measures. It’s only needed for the Higher Tier so…

## Mathematical notation you need for A-level – part 3

This is part 3 of a series covering the mathematical notation you need for A-level Maths. Click the links below for the previous parts:Part 1: set notation and miscellaneous symbolsPart 2: other Pure Maths notation This final instalment covers vectors…

## More mathematical notation you need for A-level

Much of the mathematical notation that you need to know for A-level, you’ll already have come across at GCSE, but there are some symbols that you may not be familiar with and others that you certainly won’t have used before…

## Mathematical notation you need for A-level

Much of the mathematical notation that you need to know for A-level, you’ll already have come across at GCSE, but there are some symbols that you may not be familiar with and others that you certainly won’t have used before…

## Forces and Newton’s Laws for A-level Maths

You’ve probably done some work on forces and Newton’s laws of motion in GCSE Physics or Combined Science, and that forms the basis of a lot of the work covered in the Mechanics element of A-level Maths. This article is…

## Finding the best Zoom alternatives – May 2022 (with Dec 2022 update)

In late April, word spread on social media that, from 2nd May 2022, Zoom was going to start limiting 1-to-1 calls on free accounts to 40 minutes. Time to start looking for Zoom alternatives! Many of us in the tutoring…

## Factors, multiples, HCF and LCM questions and problems

In this post we’ll look at HCF and LCM questions, and other situations and types of problems where you need to use what you know about factors and multiples. They start off pretty straightforward, then go on to word problems…

## Working with factors and multiples, HCF and LCM

Factors and multiples have a wide variety of uses in many different areas of Maths, so it’s a fundamental topic that you need to have a good grasp of. In this post we’ll look at how to identify a number’s…

## 10 Tough Problems for GCSE Maths Students

In this post I’m sharing a set of challenging problems for GCSE Maths students that I’ve put together with the aim of helping students to improve their problem-solving skills. They’re aimed mainly at those doing the Higher Tier, but some…

## Advance information for 2022 Maths exams

Last week the exam boards published their advance information for this summer’s GCSE and A-level exams in England. They tell us what will be in the exams, but what’s harder to identify is the omissions: what won’t, and what we…

## Exam skills for GCSE Maths: maximise your marks

Your exam skills can make a huge difference to your mark in GCSE Maths. Believe it or not, the examiner marking your Maths exam (or any other exam) wants to give you as many marks as possible! They want to…