Chemistry is one of the subjects that most learners find challenging to learn. Some reasons make it so:
- There are lots of concepts and theories to analyse and synthesise for learning.
- It requires various equipment, tools, apparatuses and a laboratory for applications.
- Demonstrative, discovery, inquisitive and experiential teaching methods are necessary.
Consequently, some students struggle while others aim for better grades. Most of them decide to engage Chemistry tutors or Chemistry tuition centres. In this article, find out some tips on how to get a higher grade in JC Chemistry.
Why is JC Chemistry tuition necessary?
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Students who are taking their Singapore JC H2 Chemistry examinations will benefit from H2 Chemistry tuition sessions. JC Chemistry tuition helps students in comprehending more complex concepts and ideas. A good tutor / tuition centre would frequently use a variety of learning strategies, including subject-based materials, videos clips, and atomic models to help students grasp a topic. The teaching style would be frequently adapted to the student’s needs, allowing them to get the most out of each session. Students can also ask questions to the tutor so as to help them better understand concepts and build their knowledge base.
How to Get a Higher Grade in JC Chemistry?
1. Determine your unproductive study habits
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If your grades aren’t what you want, it’s evident that you need to change your study habits. Consider the following questions to determine your weaknesses and areas for improvement:
– How serious are you about getting better marks in Chemistry?
– Do you review the topics and concepts before heading to class?
– Are you paying attention to the teacher throughout each lecture and jotting down important points? Do you go over your notes after class and reread them?
– Do you ask questions on the concepts you’re having trouble understanding?
– Are you spending enough time to review past year papers?
Answering these questions with solid, affirmative answers will confirm how effective your present study practices are. Otherwise, you should identify the areas where you’re weak in or know you’re lacking and take steps to improve them before they become a problem.
2. Review previous examinations and prepare for them
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If you have understood the key concepts and formulas but struggle with exam questions (which is typical), obtain past exam papers from different schools, use them as a reference, and practice answering those questions.
On top of the usual 10-year series, make good use of practice papers that your teacher disseminated. Such practice papers have model answers that you could learn from and apply them in your next examination. Ultimately, hard work and consistent practice would do you justice and bring you satisfactory results.
3. Become a member of a study group
Students often form study groups, especially for challenging subjects such as Chemistry. A systematised study group that focuses on supporting every member and monitoring each member’s progress will be very helpful for you. Through study groups, everyone can share their notes and resources, and conduct discussions on certain tough topics and concepts. You would also be able to clarify and seek help for concepts that you have trouble with. Having support from your peers and helping out one another will provide you with the motivation and drive to study hard and achieve good results.
4. Watch Chemistry teaching videos on YouTube
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At some point, students may find difficulty in understanding texts on their own, especially if it involves numbers, formulas and procedures. These concepts require demonstration or visual aid for deeper understanding and retention. Therefore, watching teaching videos online will help enhance learners’ understanding of the concepts.
The number of learning materials available on video-sharing platforms, like YouTube, are enormous. The resources on YouTube can help you with more than simply preparing for your tests and A Level Chemistry examinations. There are countless instructional channels on YouTube with specialists from various professions presenting topics in JC Chemistry in an easy-to-understand manner. At the stroke of a mouse, you can get everything from extremely successful monthly study programs to explanations of exam formats and recommendations on how to ace them. You can even find video tutorials containing concepts that school teachers do not teach, such as the crucial features of Iodoform Reaction Mechanism in Organic Chemistry; check it out in our Focus Chemistry YouTube channel now to build your Chemistry knowledge!
5. Find a Good JC Chemistry Tuition Centre
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Of course, we could always turn to tuition to help pull up our grades. Tutors provide you with the necessary resources and are able to devote their undivided attention to you. With their assistance, you will be able to recognise your flaws and turn them into strengths with a bit of time, patience and practice.
When choosing a good tuition agency, remember to consider a few factors before deciding (read more here on what to look out for when choosing a Chemistry tutor in Singapore). Remember that tuition should not only be your only strategy in getting good results, hard work and determination are also determining factors that will affect how well you do. As the saying goes, “Hard work betrays none.” Complement your hard work with tuition, and you would be on the right path to success.
As parents, you play a great role in your child’s education. Find out and understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Compliment on their strengths and help them overcome their weaknesses. Monitor their studies and support their needs, such as physical, social and mental needs, to help balance their academic life both in school and in tuition. Make use of the above tips to help your child build a productive study plan and habit so that your child can achieve better results.
Start adopting these tips today to get higher grades for Chemistry!