A big problem with students who wish to do well in their exams is that they simply don’t know how much they have to know!
It’s a perfectly understandable complaint, and hopefully this will help.
Remember that for each chapter you will have to know:
- All definitions (see the notes I hand out in class)
- All experiments (whether mandatory or not)
- All maths problems (see separate guide to answering maths problems).
- Graph questions (see separate guide to answering graph questions).
- Any other theory
Get your friend/Mom/Dad/brother/sister to ask you the exam questions from the questions at the end of each chapter in my notes – all the solutions are there to check with.
When revising the Experiment questions don’t waste time writing them out fully. Sketch a quick diagram labelling all the main parts, and then write down one or two sentences summarising what you did.
You can go into more detail in the exam itself – this is just to check whether or not you can remember the experiment.
Get into the habit of marking/highlighting what you don’t understand, and then either ask a friend to explain it to you, or ask me.
Make sure you don’t leave it and hope that it won’t come up in the exam!
Most students who get A-grades in the Leaving Cert do this a lot. I don’t think it’s just a coincidence!
Try to revise one chapter of science per night.
BTW, this took time to put together so don’t be afraid to say thank you; you would be surprised how much a few small words could be appreciated (by all teachers, not just me!).