Problem 1: Wrong Studying Method
Many students prepare for Chemistry by memorizing chemistry concepts. Alternatively, some students re-write the chemistry notes hoping that it can help them to retain more concepts.
By merely memorizing facts and ‘reproducing’ the same concepts in exams cannot give your child the ‘A’ in Chemistry.
In the good old days, there are a lot of ‘RECALL’ questions tested.
Eg. Level 1 recall question, What is the chemistry concept behind solid becoming gas immediately?
However, Level 3 higher order thinking application questions are tested instead of ‘RECALL’ questions today.
E.g. Level 3 question,
The school can set a 200-word passage about sublimation. Also, expect you to infer from the passage PLUS your content knowledge to APPLY in the answer!
Using the information in table 1, Describe & Explain why the particles can transit from Solid to Gas?
1 mark – Describing the sublimation process.
1 mark – explaining why they transit from Solid to Gas…
1 mark – able to identify the relationship between the passage and chemistry concept. <— most challenging part.
That’s where a little ‘RECALL’ and students have to master the RIGHT answering technique with RIGHT keywords & have RIGHT understanding to do this kind of question.
In fact, ‘A’ level concepts are usually used in the ‘passage’ to IP and O level students to differentiate the outstanding chemistry students!
So if your kids share that, ‘Mum/Dad, what’s covered in class and what’s tested in the test is very different! It seems like I didn’t learn it before!’
Problem 2: Simply by doing the 10-year series cannot give your child (PURE Chem/IP students) the ‘A’s in exams!
Because the kind of questions tested has evolved over the years. The higher order thinking application questions (L3) were only introduced these few years.
Therefore, the good old advice of ‘just do your TYS’ is not as effective these days. With the syllabus getting more and more challenging, students need to do more and more to meet the expectation more challenging curriculum!
The TYS contains a lot of L1, L2 questions. However, to get the ‘A’, your child needs to be exposed to the L3 higher order thinking application ins!
In AD, we have recommended resources for students. We help parents to save time searching and trying out different assessment books. Or worse, wasting your children’s time doing assessment books that are not relevant.