# Blog

## How does the English school system work?

This article is for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of the English school system. For example, if you’re moving to England from overseas (or even just from another part of the UK!) and have a child of…

## How to apply the Rules of Divisibility

Can you tell, just by looking at the number 31845, whether it can be divided by 5 without leaving a remainder? How about rules of divisibility for 3 or 9 or 15: will there be a remainder if you divide…

## Fractional indices: Essential skills for GCSE and A-level Maths

This article is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 covers all the Foundation content – basics, laws of indices, negative indices – and you can find it here. In this post we’re picking up where that one left…

## Indices 1: Essential skills for GCSE and A-level Maths: Basics, index laws, negative indices

What are indices, and what do I need to know about them? “Indices” is the plural of index. An index is another name for a power, also sometimes called an exponent. It’s a small number written as superscript, such as…

## How to make a flying start to A-level Maths

Are you starting sixth form this year? Want to know how you can make a flying start to A-level Maths? Here’s some guidance to help you ease your path and make a success of your studies! As anyone who’s done…

## How to work with upper and lower bounds

Once you’ve got to grips with the basic techniques involved in rounding numbers, as covered in my recent blog post, the next step is to deal with upper and lower bounds. The section down to the embedded video is required…

## How to round numbers for GCSE Maths

For both Foundation and Higher GCSE – and also for other Level 2 Maths qualifications – you need to know how to round numbers: to the nearest whole number, ten, hundred or thousand to the nearest tenth or hundredth to…

## How to choose your sixth form subjects: A-level Maths or Core Maths?

You’re in Year 11 and your GCSE Maths is all going swimmingly – a few bits of it are tricky, but mostly it’s fine. You should easily get a Grade 6, hopefully a 7 or maybe even an 8, then…

## How to achieve a Maths qualification as a mature student

Are you someone who always struggled with maths at school, and has tried to avoid it ever since… but now you find that you really need to become a mature student, or adult learner, and get a Maths qualification to…

## Maths courses on exciting new sister site: mathscourses.co.uk

After many hours of work, I’m proud and delighted to introduce my new sister site, mathscourses.co.uk. As the name suggests, its purpose is to host a range of maths courses. Exciting? Well, maybe not for everyone, but it is for…

## Clueless about calculators? Get more clarity here!

You might be a little unclear on which calculators are appropriate for which exams. The short answer is that if a calculator is permitted in an exam – at least in England – then ANY calculator is fine*, as long…

## How to make a DIY visualiser for free using an old smartphone

Ever wondered if it’s possible to make a DIY visualiser (document camera) out of kit that you already have at home? It’s actually pretty simple; there’s really no need to spend £50+ on a Hue or similar camera if it’s…

## Master online tuition with Zoom and BitPaper in 2021

There are a huge number of software options for delivering online tuition but I use Zoom and, in my 1-to-1 online tuition, BitPaper. I favour Zoom over Google Meet, Skype and the rest because it’s the only one I know…

## How I check a new GCSE student’s basic skills

Basic skills check When I take on a new 1-to-1 tutee for GCSE Maths, the first thing I ask them to do is a basic skills check. They shouldn’t view this as a test; they can look things up and…

## Confused by BIDMAS / BODMAS / BEDMAS / PEMDAS? Try GEMA!

Remind me again, what’s BIDMAS? If you grew up in the UK then it’s likely that you’ve been taught BIDMAS or BODMAS to help you remember the order of operations – what order you should do things in – in…