What’s that, you cry? Algebra was bad enough, without throwing fractions into the mix? Well, unfortunately for you, it’s on the Edexcel Unit 3 spec., and you’re going to have to learn it. To find out about algebraic fractions, simplifying before multiplying, and calculations involved, read on…

Ah, yes, the second half of the Unit 1 Literature exam – an essay question on a novel, using context. But what context? If you’re studying To Kill a Mockingbird, you’re in luck – this article has some of the ins and outs of the context points of both the setting of the novel (1930s deep south America) and of the time of writing (during the 1950s). Ready? Here we go…

You might have thought this was done, with a quick article on simple simultaneous equations a while back. But no, they’re back, and they’re back with a vengeance. Ready to take the plunge? Here we go…

Proportion is an easy topic, and nowhere near as frightening as it looks. Well, not normally any way. There are two (reasonably) simple formulas you must learn for proportion – one for direct proportion, and one for indirect proportion. But first, some definitions:

Directly Proportional –This is when ‘as one thing goes up, so does another’. For example, the amount of money you earn is proportional to the number of hours you work – the more hours you work, the more money you receive.

Inversely Proportional –This is when ‘as one thing goes up, another goes down’. For example. my laptop’s battery level is inversely proportional to the number of hours I spend using it. The higher the number of hours used, the lower the battery level.

This is something that could come up on the listening or reading papers, and it’s worth knowing – especially if you’re going on holiday!

Below we have some helpful hotel vocabulary to see you through, ranging from places, to things, to people, to dinner!

So, you know that there was a lot going on on the Great Plains mid-1800’s. The Native Americans lived peacefully there, hunting buffalo, mountain men lived with the Native Americans and worked in the Rockies collecting beaver fur. But why exactly were the Great Plains so important to white people:? I mean, they described it as “the great American desert”, it’s not like there was much there for them – yet they felt it necessary to disrupt the Native Americans, and wished to control the plains themselves (roll on the homestead act of 1862!) – why?

Nailing Those Exams is a series of tips I write that focuses on how to get through the exams in each subject. Here I cover English again – with greater, more in-depth explanations of the difference between Language and Literature, how to get that specific language analysis in, and priorities in the exam. More »

When you’re answering a simultaneous equations question, you’ll actually be given two equations to work with – and there’s a good reason for this: both equations have two unknown variables in (variables are *x’s* and *y’s*), meaning that we can’t solve them individually.

Instead, we have to use both equations to figure out an answer!

And you thought normal, straightforward, rational numbers were hard enough. Then surds came along – nasty, recurring decimals; square and cube roots, and goodness knows what else. It’s understandable that you’d be feeling a little unsure of what to do now. But really, surds are all about knowing how to manipulate them – a few handy tricks I’m going to show you here. Ready? Then let’s begin…

And you thought it was safe to go out again. No, circle theorems are not over – we’ve got to know how to prove them as well, much like many different things in Maths. And although only one is really likely to be on the exam, we’ll cover all of the proofs for the theorems that have even the slightest chance of coming up – to see these, continue reading…