How to Score A/A* in PSLE Science - Part 1
Posted on : 2011-04-08
As the examinations draw near, parents and pupils
would understandably be nervous. For those who are having difficulty in Science
or wonder how to improve in the subject, here are some tips to achieve your
ideal grade in the subject.
Adopting good study habits will motivate you in
learning Science. Pay attention in class and revise what you had learnt in
school at home. Submit your homework on
time and practise more questions on your own during your free time. Always
clarify any doubts immediately with your teacher. Practise questions that are
more challenging so that you can learn more than what is required. Be curious.
Always inquire how things work around us.
Learning Science can be interesting
and amazing if you can understand the different concepts behind it.
Examination preparation should start as early as
possible. It is important to familarise yourself with the examination format so
that you know what is expected. Practise
past year papers to familarise yourself with the examination format and the
trend of the questions asked during the examination. Memorise important keywords
and facts that are useful in the various topics and are commonly used in
answers. Make mindmaps or revision cards to help you memorise the words.
There are two types of questions in the PSLE Science
examination. They are multiple-choice questions and open-ended questions.
Read all the instructions carefully before
attempting the questions. Attempt those questions that you have confidence in
answering first. Remember not to leave any questions unanswered, especially for
the multiple-choice questions. Check all your answers to minimise spelling
errors. Write legibly and neatly so that you will not be penalised for untidy
handwriting. Be concise in answering the questions; know which keywords are required
for the answer. Do not panic if you cannot answer some questions. Attempt them
again after you have finished those questions you can answer.
Time allocation for each question is important. Do
not spend too much time on multiple-choice questions as open-ended questions
usually require more time for thinking and answering. Take note of the marks
allocated for each open-ended question too. Do not spend too much time on
questions that are worth only a few marks.
- To tackle multiple-choice questions,
first, identify those factual questions that require you to recall the facts
you have learnt. These questions are straightforward and you can usually answer
them immediately without looking at the other options.
of the following is not found in an
(2) Cell wall
answer is (2). This type of question requires you to recall the learnt facts learnt
and should be answered quickly.
- Questions that have more than one answer
can be tackled by using elimination.
of the following processes made up the water cycle?
I, III and IV only
II, III and V only
II, III, IV and V only
I, II, III, IV and V
is a process of transferring heat and it has nothing to do with the water
Hence, by understanding that option I is not the correct answer, we can
eliminate (1) and (4). The difference between (2) and (3) is the additional
option of precipitation. Precipitation includes rainfall, which is part of the
water cycle. Hence, the answer is (3).
By doing elimination, we do not have to
study each option thoroughly and this reduces a lot of time in answering the question.
Written by: Tan Chiang Heng
to go to Part 2 and get to know more examination techniques to achieve your ideal grade for PSLE Science.