During my GCSE’s (I’m in year 12 now, so a year ago), my brother kept raving on about this site called ExamSolutions as I was terrible at maths and was projected to fail completely (had gotten a U in all of my mock exams for maths).
It had clicked in my brain that I actually do need to do well for my GCSE’s as its the first stepping stone for my life, and I should be putting in work to get as good grades as I could (especially for a core subject like maths). This epiphany had only come to me 2 months before my maths GCSE’s and I felt as if I didn’t have enough time to cover the whole maths course (literally did nothing in all my lessons for all of my high school years), however I still went on this site, and I started watching the videos and started doing the practice questions (could even do A level questions as Stuart explained everything so well), once I finished the videos I went on and did more exam style questions from past papers (my maths teacher gave me an unlimited supply). I kept working and working, I was aiming for a 5 because at that point I was just aiming for a decent passing grade and I had no idea what level I was working at as I had no more mock exams to test my maths, this coupled with the fact that I had to focus on so many different subjects that I was all projected to fail, I did not feel very confident at all. When my maths exam’s came, I tried my hardest and grinded through all of them, balancing time and marks to try maximising marks. Once it was results day, I was praying for a five, or maybe even a six if I got lucky, my brother opened my results and told me I got an 8 for maths (I got all A*’s and A’s for the rest, except for maybe literature, does a 6 count as a low A?). I have to thank Stuart for this. Stuart’s videos, explanations and techniques are at the level of a paid course, yet he puts all of his videos up here for free. Thank you so much, you are one of the biggest reason (another being my maths teacher) I achieved what I achieved and this led to me getting what I wanted to do in A levels (Maths, Computer science and Economics).
To anyone who is reading this, it’s never too late. My maths teacher uses me as an example to show his year 11’s that working hard for even a month or two can bring about a massive difference and improvement.
Thank you so much.