GCSE Maths Independent student revision

Craig Barton
08th April 2019
GCSE maths revision

Support students to take control of their own revision by kitting them out with the very best GCSE Maths resources

With exams on the horizon, much emphasis is placed upon what happens in revision lessons. 

However, Dylan Wiliam makes the point that when we look at time spent in lesson to time spent out, the latter dominates. Hence, it is clear that what students do in their own time will play a key role in their learning and understanding. Dylan argues that we should adopt the approach of music teachers who dedicate time to training students exactly how to make the most of their time practising outside of lessons. 

The resources we provide our students to help with this is crucial. They must offer the opportunity of plenty of practice, but also provide answers to allow students to know if they are going right or wrong. Practice does not make perfect, after all - practice makes permanent.

This collection of revision resources has been designed to do exactly that. 

Happy revising!

Craig Barton

Revision checklists

GCSE Maths Check Lists for Higher and Foundation, for revision and reference

These topic lists are taken from the AQA 8300 spec and re-written in language that, hopefully, students can fully understand. The Higher one lists all topics on the spec, with the Higher topics in bold, the Foundation one lists all the Foundation topics only.

I’ll be giving these to my year 11 students to help with revision and give them the security of knowing what they should know as they approach their exam, and there are tick boxes alongside each topic. I’ll also be using it myself as reference.

Please feel free to comment, or let me know of anything that you might find is missing or incorrect, but I think it’s a fairly thorough job; it took long enough to write!

By Ninz

GCSE revision checklists

Here is a "mind map" of all of the gcse topics students need to know for the GCSE maths exam.

There is a foundation and higher version.

(For an editable version visit my website! https://www.missbanks.co.uk/revision-checklists)
By Alison Banks

EDEXCEL 9-1 GCSE Maths checklist Higher and Foundation

Checklists covering both higher and foundation linked to 9-1 grades. Students can self assess or use in class to cover particular grade topics
By ahoy

Revision Checklist - GCSE Higher Maths 9-1

Revision checklist for the new Higher GCSE Maths 9-1 Exam.

For a more detailed revision checklist designed to promote independent learning with links to Mathswatch and Corbett maths video clips I now have a more recent resource: Maths Revision Checklist

Please rate or review if you found resource useful - thank you :-)

By TenTors

Daily self-quizzing

GCSE key skills revision booklet

This 5-a-day booklet is for the final month leading up to the GCSE’s and targets students aiming for 4-6.

I made it with mind of some key skills which students need to brush up on and common mistakes are made on. These are:

  1. Error intervals/bounds
  2. Unit conversion – km, m, cm, mm etc
  3. Ratio
  4. Surds simplification
  5. Best value
  6. Estimation
  7. Factorising quadratics after rearranging
  8. Reverse percentages/interest/depreciation
  9. Standard form calculations
  10. Mixed number calculations
  11. Indices with fractions/negatives
  12. HCF and LCM given the product form
  13. Solving equations
  14. Pythagoras written questions

Answers at the end. Hopefully this helps and if any answers are wrong please let me know.


By Tiernan668

GCSE mathematics revision calendars

Calendars that provide daily practice to prepare for GCSE mathematics exams.
For each month there is a higher calendar designed for those aiming at level 6 or higher and a foundation/foundation plus calendar for those looking at level 4/5 and probably doing the foundation tier.

By alexsabella

GCSE revision cards - game KS4 Maths

Print double sided and then cut into cards - they have a questions on one side (or a word that needs a definition) and the answer on the back.
By jessieB

Knowledge organiser Unit 2F Intorduction to Algebra

I wrote this having been inspired by a twilight INSET at my school promoting the benefits of low stakes quizzes and knowledge organisers. This is how i used it with my year 9 foundation group.
At the beginning of the unit i gave everyone an A4 colour copy of the knowledge organsier. Every lesson i referred to this page and talked through the previous lesson and,also, where we are going in todays journey. After i had introduced all topics, we spent the next few lessons working through the mini-tests to ensure as much fluency as i could muster!
Having used them, i think the biggest drawback was that students were reliant on this sheet and i should have demanded students spend time re-producing the important elements of this knowledge organiser so they could recall the information for themselves.
I also felt that the questions became progressively more difficult and this thwarted fluency a little, especially for my weaker students.
There’s always next time …

Please let me know how you use this resource and any suggestions on how it can be improved. Please contact me using my twitter handle @billyads_47

By Billyads_47

Practice, practice, practice...

GCSE Maths Revision Race (Grades 4-5)

15 exam-style questions aimed at grades 4-5 in the format of a revision race, written specifically for the new 9-1 spec. This is a great activity to do as a revision lesson to engage your students in some exam practice. It'll also help you to identify weaker areas that need more revision.

Answers and instructions are included, all you need to do is print the questions. The questions could also be used as a quiz or treasure hunt-type activity.

Get our GCSE Maths Revision Race for grades 1-3!

Get our GCSE Maths Revision Race for grades 6-9!
By SimplyEffectiveEducation

GCSE Maths Revision Cross-Number (Grades 9 to 5) - New Spec

Here are three cross-numbers on various GCSE maths topics that I have created. One is a general cross number, one is on Number and Algebra and one is on Shape and Space. They are designed for higher tier students (grades 9 to 5). Answers are included too (on the PDF files)
By Rosiehns

GCSE 9-1 Exam Practice Questions (BUNDLE)

Ideal for GCSE Revision, these carefully selected compilations of exam questions have fully-worked solutions designed for students to go through at home, saving valuable time in class.
Click 👉 tes.com/…/Exam Practice… to download questions and answers on 50 more topics.

NOTE: I usually print these questions as an A5 booklet and issue them in class or give them out as a homework. I also make them available for a student who wants to do focused independent study on a topic.

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By Maths4Everyone

Increasingly Difficult Questions - Vectors

The Increasingly Difficult Questions are making their way on to the TES!

Low floor, high ceiling tasks with the opportunity for a variety of starting points and a high ceiling. Supporting Material (if applicable) allows for identification of areas for development and greater practise at these questions.

Please leave a review if you like what you’ve downloaded.

By taylorda01

Exam technique

30 Essential Marks - Free Sample - Maths GCSE Revision Sheets - Higher Tier

Free Sample includes Sheet 1 from Pack 1, Pack 2 and Pack 3.


  • Revision resource for the Higher Tier Maths GCSE.
  • The full resource contains 10 separate sheets that include almost all content on the curriculum. (Topics not included are noted within the contents page)
  • Each sheet has 30 marks, and should take students approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  • All sheets come with worked solutions, and implicitly show students where marks are awarded.
  • Blue ticks show marks for workings, while green are for final the answer only.
  • The first 7 sheets have content suitable for all students on higher tier, but are more suited for students targeting grades 4 to 6.
  • The last 3 sheets contain more difficult topics and are suitable for students aiming for grades 6 to 9.
  • In total there are 3 ‘Packs’ available. The packs repeat the topic, but the question has been changed. Packs 1 and 2 are more focused on the skill, where Pack 3 develops the problem solving aspect of the curriculum.

Guidance on Use

  • Decide on sheets that are appropriate for your group. Ensure you have enough lessons before the exams to use them to have their full impact.
  • I have found that sheets 1 to 7 are appropriate for mid ability groups targeting 4 to 6.
  • Lesson One
  • Give Students Sheet 1, Pack 1 to complete in exam conditions. Give approximately 25 minutes (certain sheets need longer to complete).
  • Go through worked solutions, encouraging students to take down corrections. This should take approximately 10 minutes.
  • Take in student scores to be kept on spread sheet.
  • Lesson Two
  • Repeat process, using Pack 2, Sheet 1.
  • Students will generally show an increased score on the 2nd attempt.
  • Lesson Three and beyond
  • Do not use ‘Pack 3’ (the problem solving sheets) just yet.
  • Continue the process but using the next sheet in pack 1, then the repeated sheet in pack 2 the following day.
  • This process takes me 14 lessons with my mid ability group (7 sheets).
  • Once you have finished the cycle, go back to the first sheet of Pack 3, and continue through these until all sheets have been exhausted.

I have found them really useful over the past 2 years and students do like seeing the progress on a day to day basis.
Overall I have found it takes the stress out of planning revision. Following this method ensures that students have seen almost all key topics 3 times before the final exams.
It also gives me time in the last 20 minutes of the lesson to tackle unrelated problem solving questions or topics the class still struggle with as a whole!


By christrow

GCSE 9-1 Mathematics Mock Exam (Higher)

A mixed mock exam with both calculator and non-calculator questions. It is a difficult paper designed to expose students to some of the trickier and newly styled questions seen in the 9-1 GCSE. A mark scheme accompanies the paper.
By SpacedMaths

Maths GCSE Revision Clocks

I created and shared these revision clocks last year but they're still useful for the new spec.
The questions are all from past papers and are worth 4 marks each.
Mark schemes are included, if you spot any mistakes please let me know @EJmaths
Also included some blank templates.

@Mathsjem's blog explaining what revision clocks are :)
By Em81

Going for gold! - GCSE problem solving papers

These papers test skills that appear on both foundation and higher tier papers.

Each paper has three versions to choose from: Bronze, Silver and Gold. They are the same questions, but the amount of scaffolding is adjusted in each.

There are worked solutions to accompany every paper.

The Platinum paper is an extension to further challenge your students.

Full preview available at http://www.missbanks.co.uk/copy-of-going-for-gold
By Alison Banks

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