3 Smart Strategies Your Child Can Use to Ace Maths & Science Exams That Most Students Don’t Know
Unlike Languages, Mathematics and Science subjects usually have one specific correct answer. This is perhaps what makes mathematics a lot easier than other subjects.
In many instances, we have heard from parents and our students that the main strategy they adopt to mastering Maths and Science-based subjects is by spending most of their time solving different exercises from their textbooks and past questions. By so doing, they end up doing hundreds of possible types of questions, but yet during the exams, they still get confused by difficult questions set by crafty examiners. Now, what if we told you, even crafty examiners and test setters have to play by the rules?
Let’s take Physics for example:
Let say they were taught the Physics concept that Force = Mass x Acceleration or F=MA. There can only be a fixed number of ways in which the teachers can test students on this.
The possible combinations are:
- Given Mass (M) & Acceleration (A), calculate the Force (F);
- Given Mass (M) & Force (F), calculate the Acceleration (A);
- Given Acceleration (A) & Force (F), calculate the Mass (M).
This is supposed to be a great news for all learners! Understanding that even their teachers have restrictions when setting exam questions means as long as they learn and study the types of possible questions, they can always ace their exam papers!
Now, Here Are The 3 Steps Your Child Can Follow To Start To Master The Application For Mathematics And Science Subjects:
1. Collect all possible Question Types
The first step is really straight forward. It is about information gathering; more specifically, going around to collect all the possible different types and combinations of questions for each chapter or topic.
This will probably be the most tedious step of all three, but they need to realize that there is always a fixed number to it, so what may seem like endless possibilities in the past, is actually just a handful of variations by the time they complete this process.
Your child will need to search for all the possible questions from a variety of sources. Some useful sources will include five-year series books (a compilation of exam questions over the last 5 years), assessment books, homework and textbooks from school, and test papers from their school and even other schools.
Before this step is concluded, they need to double-check the questions they have at hand. When they can confidently go through the entire list of sources and not find any new combinations, they can be sure they have found and collect every possible question there is.
2. Learn the Step to Solve the Questions
What comes next is pretty much the same concept as to why teachers give us homework to do at school. They need to find the steps needed to solve every question type and combination that they have previously collected in Step 1.
This is where real learning takes place and they will be amazed at how for some types of questions, the steps to solving them are exactly the same as others, even though the values may vary at the end of each sum.
When doing step 2, it is perfectly normal to get stuck sometimes. During these times, all they need to do is to just approach their teachers or a friend to help solve the question together.
3. Practice to Internalize
Finally, it is time to internalize each question by practicing them at least 3 to 5 times. To internalize each question is to be able to identify each question type just by reading it and be fully confident that they have mastered the steps to solve them. They can make this process fun and exciting each time by getting their friends to test them or by creating cue cards to randomly test themselves whenever they are doing their revision.
Study Groups Can Help Greatly Here.
They Could Work as a TEAM
- They should get their friends to collect the questions in Step 1
- They should come together to solve the questions together. That will save everyone a lot of time and they will be able to cover more chapters in a short amount of time.
- Step 3 is the most crucial and it is up to the individual team members to practice and internalize each question.
I hope this helps.
The Brain Coach