Study-smart guide to PSLE success — Science

Revising well is just half the battle, help junior score by telling him which common mistakes he should avoid making!


Just learning everything by heart alone won’t help junior score in his Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) science paper. Notes Charmaine Choo, assistant director of PSLE at MindChamps, “Make a commitment to understand, rather than memorise the concepts, so that [he] will be able to apply them to new situations.”

While practice papers and past-year exams should remain staples in his revision plan, using tools like concept maps can deepen his ability to grasp difficult topics better. Choo advises, “Focus on the connecting words that link the concepts.” For example, the topic of heat is linked to heat conductivity, which can be further broken down to good or bad heat conductors.

Your child should try to complete at least 10 multiple choice questions daily, Choo adds. On your part, you can spot gaps in your child’s knowledge of a particular topic by looking at papers he has attempted, such as from his preliminary exam. She stresses that students should approach open-ended questions in the PSLE from an examiner’s point of view. Consider these:

(a) Which topic am I tested on?
Example: Heat
(b) Which concept am I being tested on?
Heat conductivity
(c) What are the keywords in the question?
Besides knowing what words like “state”, “describe”, “explain”, “conclude” and “predict” mean, recognise what is expected in your answer and how detailed it must be.
(d) What key words must I use in my answer?
He’ll need to include critical words taught in class such as “Air is a poor heat conductor or good heat insulator.”

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