Build confidence, raise AO2 performance


    Teaches students how to Apply concepts to unfamiliar situations - the only way to get high grades in exams.


    Hundreds of high quality, guided questions which vary the context and mix up problems. Students will become confidence and fluent in recognising new situations.


    Step by step worked examples with visual explanations and prompt questions to get students following the thinking.


    Students can use the book independently, with hints for getting unstuck, and full answers to check their working. It's also write-on format.

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Push up low and middle achievers.

Applying knowledge is one of students' biggest challenges at GCSE, according to AQA's examiners. As apply is worth 40% of the marks, it's vital students learn how to do it.

What doesn’t work: just practising past papers in Year 10/11.

If practice were enough, all students would do well! But they don't.  What good students learn to do is abstract a general 'template' for each type of problem, from the details of specific questions. Then they can recognise a new situation as just another instance of the problem type they know how to solve. This is hard for low and middle achievers.

What does work? Teach Apply from the beginning of GCSE/year 9

The Mastery Practice Book uses a systematic approach for teaching 'apply', based on cognitive science and masses of practice. We have created 40 problem types, spanning all concepts taught early in GCSE and IGCSE. For each one there's a detailed worked example with visual explanations, and a 3-step approach to solving problems: detect, recall, solve. Then it's 'your turn', carefully crafted variations on the problem that act as stepping stones to develop students' confidence. 

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What does 'reserve' mean? You are requesting a quantity of books in our first print run to make sure you get them on publication. You are not under an obligation to order. After 15th November you will be asked to confirm and pay for your order using the shop website.

How can I pay? We accept payment by credit card and PayPal. If you're a school, you can also choose to pay by bank transfer or cheque when you checkout. We deliver after payment is received.

Can I return the books if I don't like them? Yes, there is a 30-day guarantee on our books. We will refund the cost and you only pay the return postage. The books need to be received in their original condition.

Who is the book aimed at? It was written to help students at the beginning of GCSE learn to transfer their scientific knowledge to unfamiliar situation. It can also be used by students in other years to improve their understanding of the fundamental concepts. Learning to apply is what will give students access to the 60% of marks at GCSE that demand more than recalling content. The book uses a research-based approach to teach students how to solve different types of problems. 

What content does the book cover? The Practice Book has a chapter on each unit in year 9 of our 5-year curriculum, Blueprint. Download the sample material to see what concepts and problems are included.

Is it re-usable or write-on? Both! It's designed to be re-usable for classrooms. There are also write-on sections for students to use the book individually at home.

What is the delivery cost? See details on the product page. 

  • "I am programming in time to tackle the problems - some in class, some for homework and pulling out one or two questions for the end of unit assessment. I am expecting pupils to understand that they can apply their knowledge to everyday situations."

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