No one wants to spend hours studying for a chemistry test, but it is essential for securing a good grade. Here are some tips to make studying for JC H2 A-level chemistry easier:
- Use flashcards and practice questions. This is one of the most popular study aids out there and it works well for H2 exams, too. If you want to make the most of them, try using different types of questions, such as multiple-choice and true/false questions. You can also try different types of flashcards, such as ones with pictures and those that have just short answers.
- Use calculators! Not only do they come in handy when you’re trying to work out difficult equations, but they can be very useful when it comes to remembering chemical formulas as well.
- Use study packs. This is a great option if you want to create your own study plan. There are many different packs available online, and they usually include questions, flashcards, and other materials that can help you prepare for the exam.
- Take practice tests. This is probably the most effective way to prepare for a chemistry test since you can find out exactly what to expect and how well you are doing.
- Make a study schedule. This will help you stick to the plan and keep track of your progress.
- Befriend the Periodic Table
The periodic table is a wealth of information for students preparing for exams. Thoroughly reviewing the table and understanding common terms like mass number, proton (atomic) number, etc. before the exam will help students succeed.
- Memorize the Essentials
Some memory work cannot be avoided, but the upside is that they are not difficult to learn. The properties of groups in the periodic table, for instance, need to be memorized (you can’t write the color of iodine without knowing the color of iodine, can you?). The properties of metals, Group I elements, Group II elements, Noble gases and so on are things you will need to know. The best way to learn this information is to make a booklet of sorts with key content. That way, when you find yourself forgetting, you can simply open it up and refresh your memory.
- Manage time to Complete
To submit a great exam, remember that your initial goal is just to finish. If you encounter a question that seems too difficult, skip it and move on. Don’t waste time on a single, difficult problem, because if all your focus is concentrated there, you may not have enough time to attempt the rest of the questions. Complete the whole paper well before the submission time and then go back to the beginning to identify the parts that you left empty. Now you’re free to edit and cut to your heart’s extent. Most importantly, do not leave any of your responses blank. If you’re confused about something, it’s always best to respond as sensibly and as closely to the requirement as you can. This way, you give yourself a chance of writing something that turns out to be correct.