To do well in chemistry, it is essential to memorise formulas, diagrams and equations along with having an in-depth understanding of math equations and chemical structures. With plenty of study, tutoring sessions, showing up to classes and keeping on top of assignments, means that you have the potential to not only succeed in getting good results in chemistry exams but also create a passion for the sciences.
Here we have outlined some useful tips on how to improve your results in your chemistry exam. At C3 Education Group, we provide our chemistry tutoring to students of all ages, complete with additional practical tips and tricks to get maximum results.
Put your knowledge on paper
Test yourself by starting with some blank sheets of paper and writing down everything you have learned and memorised. You will be surprised by how much you can write down just from your memory. This also helps to show where you are lacking in knowledge and need to study further.
Check the instructions for the exam
Don’t be too keen to rush into an exam paper and start answering right away. The exam instructions tend to outline the mark value of each question and can give you an idea of where to focus the most.
Read the whole question
By assuming you know the answer straight away, you may be setting yourself up to fail. When you read the whole question, you will be to break down the different components of a question. Make sure target each aspect of the question and provide an accurate and detailed answer.
Check out the questions during reading time
Make the most of your reading time! As you may have experienced from previous exams, not using this time effectively to read over every single page of the exam means that you may be caught simply completing the exam page by page in chronological order. Going through and taking your time on less valuable questions when there may be more difficult, time-consuming problems to solve later in the test means that applying time effective strategies can help you maximise results. By checking the questions during the reading time before the exam begins, you can plan your time and minimise the risk of leaving questions blank.
Have a guess
By having an honest and educated guess means that there is more chance of getting the question right in comparison to not at all. Just make sure you read the rules at the beginning of the exam in case you are penalised for incorrect answers.
Write down your equations
Just like the first tip, writing down all of your knowledge onto some blank paper means that you can save your brain space for other parts of the exam. We suggest that you write down all of your formulas and equations at the beginning of the exam. This will help prevent you from getting nervous and forgetting the answers.
Show your process
When solving problems, it is a good idea to write down your process and make it neat enough for your instructor to read. This will help in cases where you may get an answer wrong, and your instructor can see where you made an incorrect calculation. This might just get you some partial marks!
Get a tutor to help you
Sometimes lecturers and teachers don’t have enough time to focus on your individual learning as they have many other students to teach. A chemistry tutor will be fill in those knowledge gaps or even accelerate your understand of chemistry at your own pace. They will also be able to give you hints, tips and tricks on how you can improve your results.
If you like the idea of engaging a chemistry tutor to help improve results in future chemistry exams, then look no further. C3 Education Group has highly experienced and intelligent tutoring specialist that are passionate about teaching and helping each one of their students. Book today!