Wednesday 6 January 2021

How to Get High Grades in IGCSE Examination



IGCSE exam has its own importance and so does the difficulty level. It needs long term planning to get high grades in the exam. We need to be consistent in our studies and keep our concentration on the subjects. Students must utilize each and every hour to study for the IGSCE. All the vacations and holidays should also be used for preparations. Students should focus on what they are aiming for like achieving the grade A* while doing the preparations.

We may feel fear of failing IGCSE Examination. We may feel like we try our best and yet we never get the best score we deserve in IGCSE Examination.

We must be sure and optimistic to prepare our exam better, by these following steps:

1)   We must be optimistic and challenge ourselves:

We need to be a better version of ourselves which means we have to challenge our current self to be a better future self. So, we have to motivate and challenge our skills by increasing the difficulty level of problems and practicals every time.

2)   We should avoid errors:

For getting best score in exam we must watch out for errors students often commit and avoid them. For example in Physics, we must know the difference between dependent and independent variables and we must be able to calculate what changeable variables we need.

3)   We must practice solving MCQs: 


In Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) Paper 1 (core) and paper 2 (extended) comprise of 40 MCQs each. Therefore, practice as many MCQs as we can.

When we practice MCQs make sure we check our answers yourself. Moreover, look up the right answers to all the questions that we answer incorrectly. Also, mark them for revision later.

4)   We must practice the practicals:

In Science, practicals hold 20 percent of the marks in the overall marking scheme. So we must practice the practicals.

In IGCSE Physics, we must also know the measurement of physical quantities such as length or volume or force and other aspects such as cooling and heating, springs and balances, timing motion or oscillations, and electric circuits.

We must also practice drawing, completing or labelling diagrams of apparatus and determining a derived quantity, such as the extension per unit load for a spring.

In IGCSE Chemistry, we must familiarize the anions and cations investigation, how the substances are recognized by the colour change or precipitation formed.

5)   We must be careful with calculations:

We are allowed to carry a calculator in IGCSE Physics. For better results, we must practice on the calculator you are going to take with we in the examination room. We must be able to calculate the powers of a hundred as quickly as possible on it.

Another point to be noted is that we must always show our working in calculations as there are marks for the method, even if we make a mistake while calculating the final answer. Never forget to include units where appropriate.

6)   We must read questions carefully:

A common mistake that students commit is misreading the questions, not reading them properly, or missing parts of questions. Please be very careful and read questions at least twice to be sure.

Do take note if the question directs you to show calculation or if the question is based on a diagram then study it carefully along with the question. Include everything in our answers that is asked in the question. Also, be careful not to waste time mentioning the things that haven’t been asked in the question.

7)   We must familiarize with the jargon of Science:

Every subject has terms associated with it exclusively and we must be familiar with them. We must be able to answer them when asked and also incorporate as many of them as possible in our answers.

For instance, for IGCSE Physics we must know the types of energy, the difference between mass and weight, concepts such as electromagnetic induction, radioactivity, and emissions.

8)   Use Drawings:

Investing in a teaching board would be a great idea to prepare for exam. We can illustrate concepts on the board and teach out loud to ourselves making flowcharts and diagrams.

This method of self-learning would prove to be incredibly helpful for learning theories and concepts of Science especially the long and complicated ones.

9)   Break Down and Simplify: 

Physics/Chemistry can get complicated and wear you off. Whenever you feel that you are stuck with something, break down the concept into smaller parts, and simplify the complication.

This method will not only provide you with some respite but it will increase the chances of your understanding of the concept as well as remembering every step of it for the final exams.

10)              We must strengthen the basics:

We need a strong foundation to build anything on. To improve our performance having a strong command over core concepts is a prerequisite.

If we want to master the complexities of Physics you must begin with understanding its fundamental theories and concepts and only then would you be able to proceed further.

Scoring best score in IGCSE Physics is no child’s play but it isn’t impossible either. Just be persistent in your preparation and follow the above-mentioned tips and suggestions diligently and you will see the results yourself.

11)              We use the time wisely to study

 A steady, ongoing state of learning will have we more than ready by exam time, rather than trying to cram at the last minute. Those breaks during the year provide a more relaxing, yet still work-focused, time to keep preparing consistently. If we use these times to keep learning, we won't stress anywhere near as much as those leaving it all until the last minute.


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