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Getting students to achieve grade 9 in maths, help!

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by jamesg, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. jamesg

    jamesg New commenter

    Hi there

    I currently have one student achieving 9's and 4 girls achieving 7-8 on different past papers.

    I'm giving them Pixi maths targeting grade 9 booklets, the last three years papers with worked answers on the second half of each paper, they have Corbettmaths revision cards and I get them to look at his videos as well. They do a past paper once a week and of course all the other in class stuff.

    Any other ideas of what they could do that would help them? Especially with Application of the grade 8-9 questions?

    Any help greatly appreciated, tyvm
  2. Elfrune

    Elfrune New commenter

    IMHO grade 9 happens when it is the right paper for them on the day of the exam (for our students anyway - they can throw a grade 9 on one bad paper out of the three, which is disheartening). I love the Collins papers myself that came in the brown envelope last year - I don't know if they are the same as in the new book that has appeared for sale.
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  3. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

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  4. bmarchand

    bmarchand New commenter

    To get a grade 9 they need to understand the maths, be able to think for themselves and answer questions they have never seen before. The teacher's main role is to encourage them to put the hours in working on hard problems to develop the understanding.

    Resources I have used:
    Collins Higher Reasoning and Problem Solving (Sandra Wharton)

    Elmwood Applying Skills (Michael White)

    CGP Grade 8-9 Targeted Workbook

    Problem Solving in GCSE Maths Daniel Griller

    m4ths.com Level 9 Practice papers

    They also need to get through the first half of the paper dropping virtually no marks. - one past paper a week rigorously rooting out errors.
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  5. traditionalque

    traditionalque New commenter

    I feel like the best way is just simply going through as many past papers as possible.
    Maybe even do old-spec past papers if you begin to run out of papers, or try different specification questions.
    Practice makes perfect (for maths anyways)
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  6. I had a top set class a couple of years ago and the Churchill Papers were best for them. Definitely gave them a challenge. Initially they weren't fan but eventually got on board with them.
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  7. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    Thanks so much for this. I have purchased the applying skills book and found it extremely helpful! Thanks for the suggestion.

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