The ‘O’ Level Series: Pro-tips for Humanities Exams (Part 2)

3) Understand the question

Once you understand how to study and remember all the knowledge needed for an exam, you have need to learn how to deal with actual exam questions. Students often know so much about a topic that they actually end up deviating from what the question is really asking. Read more “The ‘O’ Level Series: Pro-tips for Humanities Exams (Part 2)”

The ‘O’ Level Series: Pro-tips for Humanities Exams (Part 1)

Many find the Humanities to be very tough subjects to study for at “O” levels, mainly due to the sheer number of facts needed to be memorized and applied throughout the syllabus. Here are 5 pro-tips in the next few posts that may work wonders for you in approaching Humanities with distinction in mind! Read more “The ‘O’ Level Series: Pro-tips for Humanities Exams (Part 1)”

Bilingualism– Gaining Proficiency in Mandarin

While English is the main medium of instruction in Singapore, our education system has always prided itself on preparing our students to be effectively bilingual.

Although there is an academic and socio-linguistic debate as to what really constitutes ‘Mother-Tongue’, the importance of being able to speak two or more languages, especially Mandarin in today’s global landscape is becoming a determining factor in creating both academic as well as career/financial opportunities where international job markets are fluid and, multi-lingual. Read more “Bilingualism– Gaining Proficiency in Mandarin”

The ‘O’ Level Series: Mathematics (Part 3)

Strategizing for Success (Maths)

I had shared on my journey as a student and my exam preparations strategies. In this post, I will share more on the “O” Level format and the strategies I used to score my distinction.

According to Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB), there are 2 papers to the Mathematics exam. Paper 1 has 25 compulsory short answer questions. On the other hand, Paper 2 has 10 or 11 compulsory questions to be completed in 2hours 30mins. These questions will be more complexed as compared to Paper 1. Both papers will have formula list provided and calculators are allowed during the exams. Both papers will have a weightage of 50% of the marks scored.

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The ‘O’ Level Series: Mathematics (Part 2)

Practice Makes Perfect (Maths)

Mathematics is a subject you can score well if you practice A LOT. Before you start your practice, you would need to understand the basics of Maths first. Topics such as BODMAS and arithmetic will allow you to understand the elementary rules of Mathematics and apply to more complex topics such as algebra, graphs, differentiation, integration etc. Therefore, improving on Mathematics is a progressive thing whereby the simpler topics will be building blocks for future topics. Read more “The ‘O’ Level Series: Mathematics (Part 2)”

The ‘O’ Level Series: Mathematics (Part 1)

For the Love of Maths

Mathematics is a subject that students either love or hate. In my opinion, this subject is the cornerstone for every student’s education. Having a foundation in Maths is vital to progress in the education level such as in JC, Poly, ITE and university. Whatever you study or do in future, Maths concepts will be needed. Read more “The ‘O’ Level Series: Mathematics (Part 1)”

The ‘O’ Level Series: Conquering English Literature (Part 3)

In this third post on English Literature, I will share 3 useful tips in studying and understanding the key aspects of English Literature.

1. Memory work
You must read the textbook multiple times to understand the text. Subsequently, memorising important parts of your textbook is necessary. You should include prominent acts, scenes, chapters, quotes etc. which will allow you to refer and compare with other statements of the character or narration in the text.

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The ‘O’ Level Series: Conquering English Literature (Part 2)

Continuing from my last post, I will be sharing on the format of the English Literature ‘O’ Levels exam and strategies I used for exams.

The exam consists of 2 papers: 2 questions must be answered in Paper 1 and 2 respectively. Each essay question is equal in weightage, at 25 marks.

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The ‘O’ Level Series: Conquering English Literature (Part 1)

English Literature (EL) is one of the most difficult subjects offered in the ‘O’ Level exam. English Literature also gives students the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the English Language in its purest form. It is an art that illustrates the differing perspectives of the world around us. Read more “The ‘O’ Level Series: Conquering English Literature (Part 1)”

A Glimpse to A Successful O-Level Exams Series

As the ‘O’ Levels examinations get closer, it is vital for students to learn effectively. In this series, I will be sharing on strategies I used and challenges I faced as a student.

Back in my secondary school days, I was enrolled in Zhonghua Secondary School in the normal academic (NA) stream. My class in secondary 1 and 2 were offered compulsory subjects such as English, Mother Tongue, Science, Mathematics, English Literature, Art, Home Economics, Design & Technology, History and Geography. Read more “A Glimpse to A Successful O-Level Exams Series”