Joyce Tang – ?A? Level student improved from C to A by practicing the correct higher order questions with Chemistry Tuition
Joyce Tang has been with Ace Scorers in her Secondary 2, Secondary 4 and
finally A ?Levels? where she was in Hwa Chong JC and recently received
excellent results for her A ?Levels?. Joyce?s enthusiasm is not just capped to
academics. From our conversations, we found that she has many other interest
amongst which, she is an avid Chinese language enthusiast and will be
pursuing her interests in NUS.
We feel that her detailed and systemic methods for studying will benefit all
students immensely. In particular, she shared how her Chemistry results
improved from a C to an A through practicing higher order Chemistry
questions with Ace Scorers. Here is her full, original email interview response
to share some of her tips for scoring well in A ?Levels?. We hope you enjoy it!
1. Share with us your success formula in achieving excellent grades in the A
Firstly, my study methods were made to suit my study habits and thought
processes. I would first consolidate the printed notes from my school, then
retype out my notes into point form and include relevant diagrams to reinforce
my understanding of that chapter. I would also leave sufficient space such that I
could jot down other relevant points when I did my second round of revision at
a later period.
My study methods were also subjective to the nature of the subject. When
revising Chemistry and Mathematics, I generally separated my revision sessions
into memory work sessions and intense practice sessions. Whereas for the
Humanities subjects, I focused more on long term skills development and
However, I did not place emphasis on just studying, as a monotonous study
rhythm often caused me to lose focus, and I would end up just reading the notes
instead of truly revising.
To ensure that I did not lose focus often, one of the more important priorities in
my study schedule was to actually get enough sleep (at least 8 hours a day),
such that I could focus and maximize on studying during schooling hours. I also
incorporated time slots in my ?study schedule? for playing, where I would
allocate specific times for relaxation ? this made it seem that there would be an
achievement and reward at the end of each study week. For example, Friday
afternoons were meant for exercising with my class and enjoying games such as
badminton, and this helped to motivate me when studying just seemed endless.
To sum up, developing good study habits to suit your learning style is important,
but work-play balance is also crucial when preparing for the A levels
2. How has Ace Scorers and your teacher-in-charge helped you in preparing
for A levels, especially in the Chemistry subject.
My Chemistry results in JC 1 were much less than stellar, where I averaged a C
for my Chemistry in JC1 overall. I believe this was because the depth of
Chemistry knowledge gained at A level standards allows for many higher-order
application questions which require greater thought and consideration than just
simple answers based on general theory alone.
However, to attempt higher-order questions, I needed to gain a clear
understanding of the basic Chemistry theories and definitions.
It is in this aspect that my Ace Scorers teacher-in-charge, Miss Evelyn,
contributed greatly towards. By providing us with constant practice on basic
questions, and especially on multiple choice questions that easily surfaces one?s
mistakes, she helped to clarify and reaffirm my Chemistry knowledge. At times,
she would also cover other Chemistry concepts to provide another point of
consideration for the given question, and this helped me to broaden my thinking.
Looking back, I believe that covering all the Chemistry knowledge is/was
definitely no easy feat. However, Miss Evelyn helped to build the study pace for
me by starting the year with topical revision and then later progressing to the
completion of whole papers over the span of my JC2 Chemistry sessions. This
aided in building my confidence and also served to mentally prepare me for the
intense revisions closer to the A level examinations.
I would like to thank Ace Scorers and my Teacher-In-Charge, Miss Evelyn for
the tremendous exposure to a wide array of questions ranging from 10 year
series questions to challenging school papers, and for her attentiveness in
correcting our mistakes while also providing a different viewpoint from which
to address higher-order chemistry questions.