The solitary nature of the study makes learning GCSE math at home challenging. In a normal classroom set-up the student can learn from his classmates and observe the teacher work through math questions, such as a tricky equation. The teacher marks his work and gives feedback. With home study that is missing. However, with the help of text books, online videos and distance-study courses the home student can prepare for his GCSE math examination and pass.
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Sign up to a distance-learning GCSE math course. The course will follow the same curriculum as if you were taking regular classes at school. You will study graphs, geometry, equations and formulae as part of the course. Most online GCSE courses allocate a personal tutor who is available to help either online or by telephone. The course will provide and mark test papers.
Use text books specifically aimed at GCSE math, such as "Higher Mathematics for AQA GCSE." Work through the whole book, including the examples and then buy a revision guide for GCSE math.
Use online courses and videos that go through specific GCSE math examples. These websites often provide forums so you can interact with other math students and review past papers.
Pay for a face-to-face math tutor for hour-long sessions. Tutoring websites list local tutors or you could ask for a math student at a local college or university to tutor you. Make the most of this tutoring time to go through topics and questions that confuse you.
Enlist the help of an online tutor for your GCSE math studies. You will need a computer with broadband access and a microphone and webcam. Online tutors work all over the world so make sure your tutor understands the GCSE math curriculum well.
Tips and warnings
- Try to meet with other students studying for their GCSE math. Set up a group, if possible, to work through past papers and examples.
- You will have to make your own exam arrangements and pay an examination fee if you study at home. Ask your exam board, such as Edexcel, for a list of exam centres and procedures.
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