1. Where can I buy the Apps?
All four Collins Maths Revision Apps are available on the App Store and Google Play for Android.
For Apple devices:
You can find and purchase the Apps using iTunes, the App Store App in your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, or by following one of the quick links on this website… Like this one:
2. How do I install the Apps?
For Apple Devices:
If you have bought one or more of the Apps using your computer, they will appear in your iTunes App folder. Simply plug in your device with a USB cable, wait for iTunes to recognise it and then drag the apps from your App folder to your device.
For Android Devices:
The installation process may vary from device to device. If you have bought one or more of the Apps using your computer, you will need to transfer them to your device by synching the two. Simply plug in your device with a USB cable, wait for your system to recognise it and then drag the app files to your device.
Once the installation files are on your device, simply locate and launch them.
3. Why does a download start after I have installed the Apps?
The Collins Revision Apps are full of tutorial videos that tutor and inform in a very hands-on and clear way. For Android users, these videos are not included in the initial download, however, and are instead downloaded separately by the Apps once they have been installed and launched.
You can choose to either allow them to download all video content at once when you launch an app, or to cancel the download and dive straight in. If you choose the latter, only the videos that you want to play are downloaded when you want to play them.
4. Will the Apps work on my mobile device?
All four Collins Maths Revision Apps are available for Android devices as well as for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.
5. How are the Apps structured?
There are four Apps for the four strands; Number, Statistics, Algebra and Geometry.
For Android Devices:
You can find and purchase the Apps by accessing Google Play from your mobile device, or by following one of the quick links on this website...Like this one:
Each App is divided into larger categories. For instance, the first App, Number, is divided into the categories such as “Fractions, decimals and percentages”, “Powers, roots, reciprocals and surds” and “Primes, LCM and HCF”.
Each category is then divided into specific and relevant topics, or lessons, such as "Equivalent fractions and cancelling", "Powers of 10" or "Prime factors". These are sorted according to their grade and displayed as icons that you can scroll through, just like the icons in your iPhone or iPod. In this view, you can easily switch between categories as well, and you can also touch a topic icon and then scroll through lesson cards up close.
And, lastly, for each topic there are 2-3 different resources; a Revise section with detailed maths content from Collins New GCSE Maths Revision Guides, a Practise section with practise questions, and in about half of the cases also a Watch section containing tutorial videos that give detail worked exam questions, put the maths content into a real-life context or otherwise explain the reason for, background of, logic behind and solution to maths problems.
An easy way for you to make your way through the Apps would be to (1) pick a category that is most relevant to what you want to revise and practise, (2) choose the specific topic you wish to focus on, and then (3) watch it, revise it, practise it, or do all three.
6. Can I zoom in on text and images in the Apps?
Yes, you can, though this feature is only available on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. If you are using the Apps one of these devices, simply “pinch to zoom”.
7. How do I know if a topic has a video?
There are three ways of spotting if a topic has a video:
8. What do the little symbols on icons, or mini-cards, mean?
Each icon is divided into quarters, and the symbols in each quarter make it easier for you to determine if you want to focus on that topic now or later.
9. How do I switch between categories?
When looking at the topic icons, or mini-cards, you can easily switch between categories by scrolling through them at the top, just as you would scroll through the mini-cards themselves.
When looking at topic cards, you can go back to the icon, or mini-card, view by touching the green arrow in the upper-left corner of the screen. Once there, just scroll through the categories as described above. Alternatively, use the Home button in the bottom-right corner to choose a different category from the main menu.
When in a Watch, Revise or Practise section, you can either go back to the icon, or mini-card, view by touching the green arrow twice, or go back to the very first category menu by touching the Home button in the lower-right corner.
10. How do I switch between topics?
In the icon, or mini-card, view, you can simply scroll through the mini-cards left and right until you find the one that you wish to focus on next and then touch to select.
In the topic card view, you can easily scroll through all the topics in the respective category.
If you are in a Watch, Revise or Practise section, you will have to go back one step to the card-view in order to switch topics. Simply click the green arrow in the upper-left corner and then scroll to a different topic of your choice.
11. What do the little circles on topic cards mean?
Just like the circle on topic icons, or mini-cards, these little circles are progress indicators. Before you have touched the Revise button, for example, the circle on said button is grey, i.e. not filled in yet. Once you have touched the button, the circle begins to fill in, in black.
If you have seen part of a section, the circle will be partly filled in.
When you have gone through a section in its entirety, the circle will be entirely filled in.
This means that you can easily make out which lessons, or which parts of those lessons, you have already taken.
12. What's the difference between the Test and Practise features?
The Test feature, aside from being divided in a Foundation Test and a Higher Test, is entirely randomised, while Practise sections only contain questions specific to their respective topic.
In Practise sections, you will be told if you answered a question correctly or not, and you can keep trying until you get it right. In Tests, however, you only get one chance to answer the 20 question correctly, but at the end you receive both your result and detailed suggestions for further revision… unless you got all 20 questions right, of course.
13. How do I answer questions?
All questions contained in the Apps are multiple choice questions. In order to answer one, simply touch the answer you believe is right.
If you’re answering a Practise question, a green “correct” symbol will appear on the right side of the answer if you got it right, and a red cross will appear if you got it wrong. You can keep trying until you get it right, or scroll to the next question.
If you’re answering a Test question, you only get one try. Touch the answer you think is right and then move on to the next until you’ve answered all 20.
14. How do the tests work?
Each App contains a Foundation and Higher test that you can find in both the initial menu and in the following topic icon, or mini-card, menu. Simply follow the green Take a test link in the upper-right corner of the screen. Once touched, this link will give you the choice of taking a foundation or higher test. Choose the one you want and the test will start immediately.
Each test picks 20 questions at random for you to answer. In contrast to Practise questions, you will only have one chance to answer each one correctly. At the end, the test will give you your score, as well as identify any possible trouble areas and recommend further relevant revision.
15. Do the Apps have a built-in Help feature?
Yes, there are detailed instructions on how to use every part of the Apps. In the lower-left corner of the screen there’s a help button.
Touching it will open a quick and concise description of how to use the page in question.
16. Can I keep iTunes turned on while I practise?
Yes, but we wouldn’t recommend it, as it may distract you. If you launch a video resource, however, any music or podcasts that may be playing in the background will be turned off to allow for the video to play unhindered.
17. How can I tell my friends about these Apps?
The Apps come with a built-in Tell a friend feature, accessible at the bottom of the initial menu that you see when you start the Apps, or when, for instance, you touch the Home button during revision or practice.
Touching the Tell a friend button will open a pre-written email that you can send to whomever you wish. Just add an address and touch Send.