8 Tips to Get Ready for the PSLE Science Examinations
With many concepts, experiments and applications that science examinations test, they can indeed seem very challenging. To help students overcome this challenge, we have gathered 8 tips in preparing for the Science examinations that every student will find useful.
Tip 1: Designate a quality study space
Create an environment with no distractions. The place should ideally be well-lit, well-ventilated and have brightly-colored walls. Most importantly, students must find it comfortable.
Tip 2: Understand the key concepts
Students should seek to understand the key concepts in each topic within the first few lessons. These are the fundamental ideas that will be built upon subsequently. One way students can use to understand key concepts better is to explain them in their own words. A good guidebook will provide comprehensive and precise notes to help students understand complex scientific principles well.
Tip 3: Turn heading and subheadings into questions
With a guidebook, every chapter would be neatly structured into heading and subheadings. Each heading or subheading aims to explain a key concept. As such, these headings and subheadings could be turned into questions that students can use to quiz themselves on a key concept. One question that students may continuously ask, for example, is, “What does this (sub)heading mean?” This inquisitive approach will help them to retain new information better and associate it with facts that they already know. In this way, a wide range of scientific concepts can be fitted into meaningful groups, boosting understanding.
Tip 4: Learn the same thing in a few ways
There are many formats in which information can be presented- in tables, charts, concepts maps, etc. Studies have shown that each of these formats would stimulate different parts of the brain. The more parts of the brain are stimulated, the better the information will be remembered. Hence, students can use a variety of ways to learn a topic or concept. They can also go to different sources. On top of their textbooks or class notes, they can go to the Internet, consult reference books or even make their own notes. The use of colours creates even more variety and greatly improves the effectiveness of learning.
Tip 5: Learn the key terms
Answers to Science examination questions have heavy emphases on key terms and definitions, measurements and calculations, as well as experimental manipulation and visualisation. Using technical words accurately will allow students to express themselves well to score in the examinations. The learning of scientific terms can be greatly enhanced by using a guidebook in which keywords are highlighted and plenty of fully-labelled diagrams and charts are available.
Tip 6: Understand worked solutions
Worked solutions emphasise important concepts and help students to apply what they have learnt. Students should study the solutions carefully and apply similar principles to similar questions. By doing practices with worked solutions over several days and redoing them, students will become familiar with various scientific concepts and principles.
Tip 7: Manage time wisely
Students are encouraged to study a little of each subject every day instead of studying everything at one go. However, periodic reviews must be carried out for students to consolidate what they have learnt. They can set up a schedule for doing reviews.
Tip 8: Take good care
Health should never be neglected because of studies. Students should drink at least eight classes of water every day, exercise at least three times a week, sleep at least eight hours every day and maintain a balanced diet. These will provide students with the physical and metal energy they need to prepare well for the examinations.
By following these eight tips, scoring in the Science examinations will be a walk in the park. Good luck!