Does O level Chemistry scare you? | Ways to tackle O level Chemistry

The clock is running fast and exams are just around the corner.

Are you feeling anxious?

Do you have any fears?

Is there any course that you are not acting in?

Does O level chemistry scare you?


Well, the questions asked above are roaming in the minds of the majority of the students these days. Students belonging to the science group may feel anxious and scared when they think of attempting a chemistry exam. Fear may arise due to the complex concepts and loads of formulas included in it. The subject is not difficult itself, one just needs a few ways to tackle it and ace it.


Know the paper pattern and syllabus

This may seem a very simple advice, but is infact a very sound one. It is quite imperative for a student to properly know and understand the paper pattern of the exam.

Since you have to attempt P1, P2 and P4, you must know the following details:

  • P1: objective exams consisting of MCQs (1 hr)
  • P2: Subjective detailed exam (1.5 hr)
  • P4: Alternative to practical (1 hr)

Apart from knowing the paper pattern the student must know their syllabus and which topics need to be covered for the detailed theory exams, which ones for the objective exam and which for the alternative to practical. This will help them prepare defectively and without wasting their time.


Having strong concepts and grasp on the topics 

One must have a strong foundation of the concepts being taught in O level Chemistry. Since chemistry is a technical subject, having a strong grasp on all the topics will help you ace the exams even if the questions are tweaked. Having a firm understanding of all the important concepts is required. For instance, one must remember the periodic table and the properties of its elements or have strong knowledge on acids and bases.

Khan Academy provides extensive lessons, videos and study material that will help you in clearing your queries and building stronger concepts. From understanding of periodic table and acid bases to gases and kinetic molecular theory and many more.


Practice past papers

Practice past papers as much as you can. Practice makes everything perfect. Attempting past papers in a timer setting will help you in;

  • ‌Understanding the format of the exam
  • Knowlegde of the type of questions being asked in the exams
  • ‌Idea of the time required to attempt each question
  • Idea of where you stand after attempting these papers

GCE Guide provides all the papers from the past.


Make your own notes

Writing down your own notes will help you remember what you have learned and written. This will aid in easier absorption of concepts and ideas. Putting everything you have learned in your own words will help you review easily in the future.

The formulas, equations, periodic tables must be noted down and then revised.

One method of making notes is to get notes from some websites, review them and your own course book then write them into your own words.

For instance, get notes from TeachifyMe,watch YouTube videos for topics you have queries in, then after truly understanding the concepts, make your own notes. This way you will always remember what you have noted down.


Ask and clarify

Many students feel embarrassed when asking simple questions, as a result concepts don’t get clarified in their minds building up doubts.  Therefore one must not hesitate to ask questions and clear their queries before they form a pithole. Ask help from your teachers, elder siblings if they belong to the same education background or your peers. Studying and revising with them in group study sessions may also be very helpful.


Examinations may stress any one out, it is completely normal for a student to feel this way. Instead of worrying, one must know how to tackle these situations and ace in the exams.

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