Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tactic That You Can Use To Score Better In Chemistry (Part 1)

Today I am going to share with you the tactic you can use to score better in exam papers that consist of 3 papers. In SPM, chemistry consists of 3 papers. This also applies to biology and physics papers. I believe you can use the same tactic for the other two pure science papers.

Before I continue, you have to understand the marks distributions of the 3 papers.
• Paper 1 (Multiple choice questions) - 50 marks
• Paper 2 (Structural and essay questions) - 100 marks
• Paper 3 (Questions about experiments) - 50 marks

Some students will focus on exercises for Paper 1, because they think Paper 1 has answers to choose from, hence should be easier to score. This is not always true, because Paper 1 actually covered all the topics from Form 4 to Form 5. You should be familiar with all the topics in order to score well in Paper 1. Besides that, sometimes the multiple choice questions provide very similar answers to choose from, you should know how to choose the best answer. Sometimes, the answers can be very tricky.

Some students will focus on exercises for Paper 2; because they think Paper 2 contribute the most marks. If they can score in Paper 2, they should be able to score well. This is not always true as well. Paper 2 consists very limited numbers of questions. You might not cover all the topics that you need to know. If exam come out with the questions you had seen before, then you can score. What if the exam comes out with the questions that you never seen before? Then you might not be able to answer the questions correctly.

Paper 3 should be the easiest paper to score because Paper 3 asks questions about conducting experiments. By knowing the techniques of answering Paper 3, you will be able to score well in Paper 3.

Students nowadays are very busy with a lot of tuitions until they complaint that they don't have enough time to do revision. But the truth is, there is no short cut for you to skip the study of reference books and memorize facts before you can go on to do revision exercises. Therefore, before you do revision exercises, you MUST go through all the notes in reference books in details.

After you have gone through the notes in reference books, then you can apply the tactic that I am going to show you later. I don't want to make my post too long. So, please come back later for Part 2. If you want to know my updates, please subscribe to my blog posts by entering you email in the form on your right. We will talk again soon.


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