IGCSE is a tough nut to crack. One cannot take any chance when preparing for such important examination. The preparation has to be very strong and reliable. It is utmost crucial for students to know the complete syllabus to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of Chemistry through a mix of theoretical and practical studies.
In this article we bring you the right tips and strategies to prepare for IGCSE Chemistry paper. Read on to know more below.
General Tips for Clearing IGCSE Chemistry Paper
- Read the Chemistry question paper completely and correctly. In order to understand this point better, let’s take an example. For example, if the question says ‘give two observations apart from temperature change’, don’t include temperature change in your answer.
- Know the syllabus statements and definitions clearly.
- Check for contradictions within your answer.
- Learn your definitions well. Questions such as “what is a compound?” or “Define the mole.” are often poorly answered. Define does not mean ‘give an example of.’
- When asked to give examples see how many examples are asked by examiner. If the question asks for just two examples, do not give three examples. Because if one gets incorrect, you may lose marks.
- In chemistry, when plotting a graph of reaction rate, you must draw a curve of best fit through your prints.
- Look out for ‘hidden words’ in questions such as ‘which of the following is a gas containing diatomic molecules?’ Many students focus on one or two words, and might forget ‘gas’. Underline key words and read the question slowly.
- Avoid vague statements. For example, if the question asks about the use of graphite, the answer ‘graphite is used for electrodes in electrolysis’ is appropriately specific. ‘Graphite is used in electrolysis,’ is too vague. Remember, the examiner has so many papers to check, so don’t make their process time consuming by your vague answers.
- Take care when writing electronic structures including hydrogen. Always show the hydrogen atom either as a circle or (if ionic) by its symbol. It is best practice to write the symbol of the atom in the centre so it is clear to the examiner which atom is which.
Don’t take stress. Please keep calm and attempt the paper with positive attitude and open mindness.
All the best for your exam!