GCSE Chemistry Top Tipsby Caroline Bowmer, posted 06 Nov 2020
GCSE Chemistry Top Tips
In order to achieve in GCSE Chemistry, there are three main areas to focus on: memorising key information, thoroughly understanding the most complex topics and practising past exam questions.
Make sure you realise how important it is to memorise information – there’s so much that needs to be memorised in Chemistry. Experiment with different techniques to find the best one for you. You might write information out again and again until you have learnt it, or keep saying it out loud. Once you have memorised it, you need to keep revisiting it. So ask your parents to test you using index cards, or use a revision app, such as Quizlet (others are available too!)
Look at your Chemistry specification or textbook and identify the topics that you struggle with the most. Focus on these demanding topics (often mole calculations, electrolysis, structures, bonding, ionic formulae and balancing equations). Watch videos online, ask your teacher for help and use scaffolding materials - they break down the activity and help you to build up to the most complex part
Practise lots of past paper questions. You can find plenty on your exam board website, as well as on other websites such as physicsandmathstutor.com. Make sure that you mark them carefully as this will help you see exactly what the examiner is looking for in an excellent answer. Past paper questions will also help you see if your memorising and understanding is at the right standard yet – and you can feed that back into those revision activities. So you could add more key terms to your memorising cards, or realise that you need to focus on another topic too
Remember that revision is a gradual process that you should do throughout your GCSE course – you want to be nice and calm as your exams approach.
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