This may seem like an obvious fact, but it is worthy of emphasis. As a student, there are so many lessons and tests from various subjects that sometimes, you may forget what are the specific or important topics that will be tested in your O-level Physics or A-level H2 Physics syllabus. In fact, the GCE Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board has already listed down the key contents and topics, as well as specific learning outcomes, expected from students. Pay attention in classes too whenever your Physics teacher highlights certain important topics or questions. Remember to not only study hard, but to also study smart. Not knowing what topics will be tested on is the easiest way to lose marks.
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Physics is not a subject that you can get by just by knowing the theory and regurgitating the answers during your exams. It is a subject that would require you to understand the concept, and how the Physics formulae and equations are being derived. Understanding the concepts will also help you remember the facts and formulae better. If you find it hard to understand the concept, do some extra reading. Once you find the explanation that works for you, everything will become much clearer.
You can also try to create mental pictures to help you better understand the concepts. High Physics scorers are the ones who can demonstrate how these concepts combine to explain the phenomena illustrated in the questions, and to effectively apply the right theory and formulae. Regular revision also helps to reinforce what you have learnt and understood.
Imagine yourself being a O-level Physics or A-level H2 Physics exam marker going through thousands of answers by hundreds of students, what would make your job easier? A clearly presented answer. When you first read a Physics question, it may look complicated at first but simplify it as much as possible. Are you able to spot the key words and numbers, identify the main and sub questions, and look for important clues to solve this question? Analyse the question thoroughly and present your answers in a logical and clear manner with the usage of tables, flowcharts, or diagrams if needed for better visibility. Ensure your answers are easy to understand and have a good structure. Also take note of the number of marks the question is offering and use what you know about the topic to make sure you get down all the keywords that the examiner is looking for.
Familiarize yourself in the exam-environment by taking mock Physics tests in a time-bound manner. Do it with the goal of answering the questions well and as quickly as possible. You may also start to notice similar questions or repeated questions as there is just so many questions that examiners can ask. It can even be possible to start knowing answers to the questions ahead of time. As you take more mock tests, you will also have a clearer understanding of the O-level Physics or A-level H2 Physics syllabus, marking scheme, weightage distribution, and questioning trends.
Factor #2 is especially close to the heart of Concept First learning centre as we believe that all students are able to effectively grasp Physics concepts, which is a key foundation for them to further improve and excel in the Physics subject. Find out more about our O-Level Physics and A-level H2 Physics lessons at https://conceptfirst.com.sg/class-schedule/ and our very own CF360 Total Physics Learning System at https://conceptfirst.com.sg/cf360-learning-system/.