# GCSE maths skills

## How to handle Vectors for GCSE Maths (Higher Tier)

In this post we’re going to look at how you deal with the more difficult kinds of questions you’ll encounter on the topic of Vectors for GCSE Maths at Higher Tier. If you haven’t already read through the post on…

## Understanding Vectors for GCSE Maths (Foundation Tier)

Vectors for GCSE Maths is one of the topics that people tend to find hardest. Some questions are very challenging even for the strongest students, but getting to grips with the basics isn’t so difficult. In this article we’re going…

## 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 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: How to round numbers by place value The first two categories could also be described as…

## 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…