Exam Boards

This is the place for syllabuses, exam timetables, and past papers. If you don't know already, your school/college will be able to tell you which board/syllabus you need.


I often suggest to my students that they see the material they are learning in as many different ways as possible. The internet is, as you might expect, an excellent tool for this.
I have selected the following websites as being those which I consider the most complete and accurate of the many available. Of course, I'm not making any guarantee that they totally satisfy either of these conditions!


BBC Bitesize



Online Graphing Calculators

Students of mathematics at any level will find it beneficial to have access to a calculator that can plot functions (draw graphs). It is not always possible to get hold of one physically, and so here are some free online calculators that I recommend.
Please note that you will have to have Java enabled on your computer in order to use the second two, and Flash for the first.

Graphing Calculator
Probably the best calculator for GCSE and A-Level students. It allows you to plot up to four graphs simultaneously and then use them to solve the corresponding equations. Its major disadvantage is its lack of functionality, this will only cause problems to people studying further maths A-Level, or those who want to explore beyond what they've been taught already.

Cool Math
This calculator gives a good compromise between functionality and ease of use. However, I can't find any (easy) way of making it do trigonometry in degrees rather than radians; this will be a problem for GCSE students, and may cause some distress to A-Level students! The web page it's on also provides some handy tips on how to use the calculator.

GClac    (click the GCalc 2 applet button)
A good calculator, although it doesn't provide you with keys to input functions, you just have to type them. This doesn't really make it any harder to use, and it makes you think more about what you're doing anyway!

General Maths

Wolfram Alpha
This resource could have been put in the calculators section, but it's so much more than that. Wolfram call this a 'computational knowledge engine'; roughly speaking this means that it takes data from many different sources and compiles them into statistics, graphs and diagrams. This can cover areas such as maths, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, economics, politics, sociology...the list goes on. In fact just about any subject which can be approaced analytically is covered.
As mentioned above, Wolfram Alpha also functions as a calculator, just about the most powerful calculator you'll ever use. Please try it to find out for yourself just how impressive and diverse the applications of this resouce are. There are buttons for examples and random results above the search bar, these are the best way to find something new and surprising.

MacTutor History Of Mathematics
An impressively comprehensive and fascinating guide to the development of mathematics, a subject which has been around for thousands of years. If you have heard of a mathematician and want to know more, this is the place to go.

An extensive online encyclopaedia. Most entries contain way more technical maths than the average person needs, so don't be put off if you don't understand everything!
It's well worth a browse; if you're not looking for anything in particular, try the recreational mathematics section. Yes indeed, maths can be a form of recreation!

The Virtual Math Museum
A large collection of images and interactive 3D applets illustrating diverse areas of mathematics. This can help to visualise and understand a concept you are already familiar with, or you can just browse the pretty pictures!
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