Five Effective Ways To Prepare For O-Level Pure Chemistry and IP Chemistry.
“Is there still time for my child to do well in O Level or IP?” several parents will inquire. During the June holidays, we get many calls from worried parents looking for support for their children who didn’t do well on their mid-year exams.
Their concern is understandable. After all, their child’s national test, GCE O Level, or IP chemistry examination is just four months away. If their child does well on the O-Level or IP test, they would have more opportunities for schools and courses to further their education.
Until the O Levels, students must remain concentrated and employ the proper techniques to prepare for the test confidently. We recommend the following for Chemistry:
Build a solid foundation of fundamental concepts.
Based on our decades of teaching experience, we’ve discovered that the root problem in students who perform poorly on exams is a lack of comprehension of the fundamentals of chemistry. The level of comprehension of basic concepts is woefully inadequate.
Pay attention to how keywords are used in structured questions.
How many of you have heard from your children that they pay attention in class and understand what their teachers say?
Their test results, on the other hand, are disappointing, and they don’t know why.
This is because simply understanding the main concepts, such as “stories,” is insufficient.
Examiners would grade them based on the right keywords or key phrases that were written.
Answering standardized questions with the relevant, precise, and full collection of keywords is one of the main challenges many Chemistry students face.
Questions from the Ten-Years Series should be attempted.
Next, students can immediately begin working on the O Level questions to bring their understanding of each subject to the test, as this will provide a fair gauge for their level of knowledge of key concepts, their level of implementation skills, and their trust in the same time.
Since a solid base is based on a topic-by-topic approach, using the Ten-Years Series (TYS) topical books, ideally one that offers informative step-by-step solutions, is highly recommended. This helps students to double-check their answers whenever they want.
Do you know why A-grade students have a lot more questions than B-grade students? They think more critically and do not necessarily follow what is taught to them.
Continue to clarify.
Understanding the main concepts for each subject, checking the student’s understanding by working on the questions, and, most importantly, clarifying any concerns and correcting any mistakes made are all part of laying a solid foundation.
Many students have accumulated so many doubts over the years that they have reached a critical point where these doubts, if left unresolved, would cripple their ability to perform well in the O Level or IP exams. To feel secure and prepared, they must begin asking questions to clear their doubts!
If your child is afraid of being embarrassed, have him ask someone knowledgeable about Chemistry concepts and with whom he is relaxed, such as his friends, siblings, teachers, or tutors. He can also email or tweet his questions to someone he trusts using technology.
The examination is similar to playing a game. Your child plays to win within a set time limit, and to do so, he or she must be prepared and mindful of the game’s rules. He is his own worst enemy.
The next step is for your child to learn how to handle his time during the test until he has learned all of the topics’ main concepts. To replicate the actual O Level test, he may attempt a full set of examination papers under timed conditions. In reality, chemistry tuition centres put their students through timed trial exercises in our weekly classes to understand and appreciate the value of time management during exams. They will also gain more exposure to a wide range of questions through these timed activities, improving and challenging their comprehension in the future.