There can be too much emphasis on memorising past paper questions and formulas, detracting from a true understanding of the rules that underpin certain mathematic theorem. Some GCSE students find it difficult to progress after struggling to grasp rules that were taught in year 9. To address this, it is vital to drum up enthusiasm for maths as early as possible. I make it clear to my students that I am a proud maths geek and that maths is my passion, as well as my profession.
Guardian teacher network: Getting students hooked on maths