A Level Maths is a step up from previously studied Math. Having an A Level Maths Tutor can really excel your learning and understanding of A-level Maths.
A Level Maths underpins the quantitative demands of many technical and scientific undergraduate degrees, and also serves to support content covered in many scientific A Levels. This qualification is held in high esteem by a wide range of employers from finance to research to logistics. This A Level is a sensible choice for any student hoping to pursue further education or a career in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, business or finance.
It’s important to identify which exam board your child’s school is following for A Level Maths as they do vary. For example, syllabuses and question styles differ slightly between exam boards. Having some knowledge of exam boards is great information to give to your A Level Maths Tutor. This will help them tailor their lessons with your child, to include relevant syllabus content.
The main exam boards for A Level Maths are:
Though syllabuses do vary, an A Level in Maths is generally intended to:
A student’s confidence in their ability to approach staged maths problems is of fundamental importance. Your child needs to have the conviction that they can break down ostensibly complex problems into their manageable constituent parts. Moreover, concepts in calculus, mechanics, and statistics are often cumulative: if a student is not comfortable expressing misgivings or confusion in the classroom at an early stage in a topic, this can exacerbate their workload. This also means that your child needs to understand the logic behind mathematical processes, rather than learning them by rote. So, to do well your A Level Maths Tutor will spend a lot of time in the run up to the exam going through past papers. Going through past papers means your A Level Maths Tutor can help your child master each style of exam question. This will hep your child to obtain higher marks.
In terms of assessment, there are two steadfast rules.
It is important to understand how your child’s A Level Maths exams will be marked. Understanding this can help to provide the right support throughout your child’s revision. All the exam boards publish detailed guidance on what they are looking. Your A Level Maths tutor will know this like the back of their hand.
Your child needs to know what the examiner wants from them in every type of question. They then need to learn how to ‘tick the boxes’ on the mark scheme to ensure they pick up the most marks they can. Knowledge of command words is vital for this. Learning different exam question styles will be an essential part of your child’s time with their A Level Maths tutor.
It is important that your child allows enough time for revision process. They need to their work properly. You’re A Level Maths tutor will have a structured revision plan by the January of their exam year.
Organisation is vital! Making sure your child has all their class notes and revision notes sorted is the first step. It is often helpful to check off notes against the requirement of a syllabus as the year goes on. Once your child and their tutor are confident, they have covered the whole syllabus, they can start to make revision notes. The skills developed in this re-noting and reformulating are very helpful for approaching unfamiliar exam problems, and for making sure that your child understands the logic behind the mathematical processes.
Before exam season however, it is important your child to liaises with their A Level Maths tutor about any material that they are finding difficult.
Throughout the academic year and revision period it is helpful to think about how your child learns. Do they like the pressure of a memory test or flashcards? Or is mapping out key ideas helpful? Maybe they like challenging themselves to write everything they know about a topic on one side of A4? Or talking things over with a parent, sibling, or their A Level Maths tutor? We all learn differently, so it is good to be aware how best your child learns.
With Maths especially, it is important to do as many practise papers as possible. Exam practice familiarises your child with how examiners tend to disguise and reformulate common maths problems. Timing these practice papers also helps your child with their exam technique.
According to a Department for Education assessment released on 30 September 2021, “exam boards will provide advance information about the focus of the content of the exams for all GCSE, AS and A level subjects… for the summer 2022 exams”. This information will be released by 7 February 2022. If the information is released sooner than 7 February, DfE will give schools and students “at least a week’s notice”.
Even after navigating the demands of GCSEs, students can feel immense pressure around the time of public exams and it is part of your job as a parent to help them navigate this. On a positive note, this can be a time of great personal growth for teenagers, as they specialise in academic interests, sustain hard work over many months and push through exam nerves. Talk to your child about managing their emotions and introduce important elements of self care, such as sufficient sleep and good nutrition.
The best way to support your child through their Maths A Level is to give them the tools and skills to succeed. Some targeted intervention with an experienced A Level Maths tutor can make all the difference. Our A Level Maths tutors are experienced, qualified teachers, Heads of Department and Examiners who know the A Level Maths syllabuses back to front. They can teach your child in the manner they learn best, explain the latest mark schemes, and help them improve their exam technique
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