Halo Singapore students,
How was your common tests coming along? For those that didn’t do well, this is the time to sit down and reflect what you have done for the last few months? Is your studying methods correct? Is your time management effective enough?
A week ago, a enthusiastic?lady called me up to seek indiviudal chemistry coaching and advise for her daughter that has borderline pass in her Secondary 3 (Grade 9) Chemistry examinations, and are preparing for GCE O Level this year. She mentioned a few times that it might be too late for her daughter to catch up on her Sec 3 work and ask me if she do well for her Sec 4 syllabus, will it suffice for her to pass O Levels. Her daughter’s aim is to study Tourism in higher education.
First, i would need to state that to do well for Sec 4 application chapters, you would need to have a strong foundation on the Sec 3 topics which are essential fundamental concepts. We cannot skip those earlier chapters. For my current coaching programs (group as well as individual), we are touching base?on those fundamental topics so that we can learn Sec 4 topics more effectively.
Next, it would be great if the mother encourages her daughter along as she prepares for her mid-year examination in 69 days time and the Preliminary examination and the actual GCE O Level papers that comes along shortly. Your daughter need your encouragement to let her know that she still have time to regroup and re-strategize her time and learning methods to score the A in O levels for Chemistry. This is not yet time to Panic.
Lastly, Chemistry is not a “dry” topic. It is actually a very lively and interesting subject that touches our everyday lifes, from what we see, feel and use. Perhaps, those teachers have focused too much on the academic part to relish their own Key-Performance-Index in their schools. You can easily use your general chemistry knowledge to “WOW” your tourists when you bring them around.
So Parents and Students alike, stay focus and have a good time management and strategy. I am certain you can do well in your up-coming examinations. But, you need to commit yourself in the first place.