I started ExamSolutions in 2004, in the hope of providing a valuable resource for students to help revise for their maths exams. After leaving university I gained a degree in mathematics and then went on to gain a PGCE in maths education and went into teaching but left after 5 years and taught privately. During this time I gained a post grad. certificate in Statistics and Statistical education. I have now been teaching for 32 years.
I believe that when it comes to maths revision, the only way to make further progress and gain confidence is by doing plenty of problems from past papers. What I found was that students are provided with the past papers to do revision from but with no answers to check if they were successfully solving the questions. When answers were provided, they were often copies of the mark scheme from the exam board.
I find many students who are given the mark schemes often say that the mark schemes are hard to follow as often the middle stages to solutions are missed out. Mark schemes are fine for teachers but as a resource for students I believe they are of limited value.
With this in mind I set up ExamSolutions to set about addressing this issue by providing a better resource for students when they are trying to revise from maths past papers. ExamSolutions provides a much more thorough resource than mark schemes alone. Unlike mark schemes my solutions are designed for students, and hopefully encourage learning.
Some of my earlier solutions are provided in pdf format in two separate stages:
- Stage 1 - Numerical answers for quick reference.
- Stage 2 - Complete Model Solution, containing all the steps through the solution, with formulae, methods and other comments.
In later years I have now introduced video worked solutions which are hosted on YouTube and stopped doing pdf ones so that everything apart from these earlier papers is free.
I would like to believe that the maths solutions I provide offer teachers and students a valuable resource for maths revision.
ExamSolutions is constantly expanding, with videos being added most days.
I hope you find my site useful for your maths revision and welcome any feedback, feel free to contact me.