Most of the KS3 Maths resources that my daughter uses are worksheets downloaded from websites and a few extra practice pages from some activity workbooks. But last year I realized that she needed a Study Guide, something that she could keep and refer to when she just wanted to double check something or remind herself of something (she likes to try and figure out things herself so I want to give her the tools to do that and of course I am here to work through and explain things). I suppose I would call it a “text book”. A book with explanations and worked examples in it.
I searched and immediately found this KS3 Maths Study Guide – Higher: ideal for home learning and catch-up but I was initially reluctant to buy it for her because she did have some CPG books before and she never liked the format. I searched some more but I kept coming back to this Study Guide and since it was under £5 I thought, lets just try it and if I find something better later I will replace it.
Well, it is exactly what we wanted. And my daughter is happy using it.
So what can you expect?
Each page tends to be a topic, the concept is explained at the top, then they have some worked examples and at the very bottom they have a couple of examples that the kids can try (yes there are answers at the back of the book). And at the end of each section there is a revision page. But before I go further I want to stress there are only a few examples for the kids to try. This is NOT a practice book, or as some would say a workbook. It is an Explanation book. You will need to buy another book or download worksheets which contain examples for the kids to work through.
The book itself is split into 6 sections
- Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
- Geometry and Measurement
- Probability and Statistics
It is everything the kids need to know for KS3 Maths (Years 7, 8 and 9).
So for someone who is not normally a fan of CGP books – why this? I really wanted my daughter to have a reference guide, a book with all the explanations that she needed together in one source. Something that she can turn to and read. And it works. The explanations are clear and concise, the worked examples are well explained. It is exactly what I wanted. So much so that I actually ended up buying my youngest a similar KS2 version.
Do I think you have to buy the CGP workbooks to use with the study guide. No. We use this study guide with other sources (Twinkl worksheets, TeachitMaths worksheets, Collins books) and it works perfectly.
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