Maybe you’re already doing well in class tests and exams. But you want to do even better. You’d like to score that A consistently so you can just put A Level Chemistry away to focus on other subjects. Many guides talk about how to do better, or just how to pass, for weaker students. Well, this guide will show you just how to do your best – a solid A. For another guide (not from us) on how to ace Chemistry exams and tests in school, you can check out this guide by ExamTime called “How to Study Chemistry: The 5 Elements of Success” over here.
1. Show up to every single class
Yes, every single Chemistry class that the teacher holds. That includes enrichment classes or remedial classes that you’re not invited explicitly to. Ask your teacher “Can I attend?” Chances are that they will say yes to your request. In “extra” classes, teachers often give extra hints and sometimes outright answers to possible questions in their own internal school tests and exams. Sometimes, these “hints” are for those freakishly hard questions that no one can ever seem to solve in your class, not even you.
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I’ve seen them be worth about 10 points sometimes, in a 60 marks paper. Even better – if your teacher has access to the past year A Level papers and has been working as a teacher for a while, he likely can tell you what trends he’s spotted in past year’s papers, and what you should watch out for this year. (Disclaimer: Does not apply if you’re the first (or second) batch taking a completely new syllabus)
2. Never get complacent
If you’re already scoring As consistently for the school Chemistry tests and exams, it’s really easy to get complacent really easily and start bragging about how good your scores are to your friends. Do not do this. Not only will complacency ruin your study habits, but it will also alienate you from your friends. That also means that they might just start excluding you from their study groups altogether, “because you’re already too good” to study with them.
Remain humble about your marks, and look over each and every mistake in your tests and exams. As I mentioned in point 1, your teacher will “spot” trends for you, and you should work easily hard by “spotting” your own mistakes. No matter how basic or careless a mistake can seem to you, it has still caused you to lose marks in some manner. So, spot the mistake, rectify what you think went wrong, and try the question again.
3. Ask your teacher for harder questions on topics
Sometimes, your teacher will say “You don’t need to understand this part of this Chemistry topic, you won’t be tested/tested extensively on this.”
At that point, many students just mentally discard whatever the teacher says after that sentence and tune out. Don’t do that. Listen extensively, and ask questions if you don’t understand. Often, when the teacher says that sentence, that part of that topic may be harder and a good break from the monotony of the rest of the lesson. Also, sometimes the Chemistry A Level exams can pop out questions that buck historical trends – they may be completely new and unseen before.
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Hence, if possible you should ask your teacher about acquiring some of those harder questions on those parts of the topic that she has said you don’t need to learn and understand as much. If he refuses and insists that you really don’t need to learn those parts as thoroughly, the Internet is your friend. Just go online and search for questions pertaining to that part of that Chemistry topic. Look for those websites that provide answer keys, so that you know you’re not just doing the Chemistry questions blindly wrong.
4. Don’t stop revising your basics
It’s really easy to get caught up in trying to solve those intricate, difficult questions because it seems like they do have the most marks. However, many of those questions don’t intend for you to get the full marks, and you will likely lose some marks to those questions in the Chemistry A Levels, no matter what you do or don’t do.
However, remember that most questions in the Chemistry A Levels are built heavily on your basic Chemistry foundations, and if you don’t revise them, you will suffer heavily and be penalized for forgetting the basic concepts.
5. Tuition can be a game changer for getting A’s consistently
If your teacher is the sort that mysteriously disappears immediately after class or is otherwise engaged in other non-helpful activities, it might be a good idea to consult a tuition center or tuition teacher. If you’re not currently going to Chemistry tuition, it might be worth it to go to an intensive Chemistry A Level Crash Course. They’re extremely helpful, and the experienced A Level Chemistry tuition centers often know exactly which areas of weakness you have and how to target and turn them into strengths.
A good tutor can often be a game changer, especially, if you are already doing well, but just don’t know how to improve further, or maintain an A consistently. Experienced tutors can help, again, to spot trends in your mistake-making. Even better, some Chemistry A Level tuition centers give out their own notes, which are attractively colorful and helpful on each topic. You can use them as a quick revision tool when you’ve got a few minutes to spare here and there.
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Alright, so that’s our five tips on how to excel and get that A consistently for Chemistry exams. In short, show up to every class humanly possible, ask your teachers for help, get tuition if you need it, and most importantly, don’t get complacent, ever.
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