How to Study for Your O-Levels

The school year has just started, so you might be thinking, “Isn’t it a little too early for me to begin reviewing for my O-levels?”

Yes, the O-level examinations are more than five months away, but it does help to prepare early. It’s better to start studying early rather than do intense mugging just a couple of months away, which will make you feel stressed and tired.

Here are some study tips scoured from past takers that you can adopt in order for you to perform well in your O-level examinations.

Do your TYS.

It’s important for you to do your TYS so you can familiarize yourself with the format and difficulty level of the examinations.

It’s no secret that in the past, O-level exam questions have been replicated a lot. That’s the reason why a lot of students memorised answers rather than understand the questions. But according to this article by the Straits Times, there are fewer repeat questions now than before. Hence, it’s important for you to understand the questions and subject concepts rather than resorting to memorisation.

Another way for you to prepare for your O-levels is doing papers from other schools.

Practice, practice, practice.

For English, Chinese, and maths, it’s essential that you do a lot of practice.

You can ace your English exams by reading a lot on your own. Read books, newspapers, online news articles, and even online forum discussions on topics that interest you. Enrich your vocabulary by using newfound words in your writing for school essays and your blog, if you happen to still maintain one. You can also practice reading out loud for the oral exams. For Chinese, reading newspapers and watching entertainment should help you have a better grasp and understanding of the language.

For maths, you need to do as much papers as you can until a few weeks before the O-level exam period. Work hard on your studies and you should be able to do well.

Understand more than memorise.

For science, the social sciences, and economics, it’s more important for you to understand more than memorise. These three subjects have a lot of intertwining concepts so you should learn to analyse why certain chemical reactions occur, or why certain events happened in history, or how the economy actually works. Use real-life situations and current events as case studies for you to review.

Have a dedicated review period.

Dedicate at least an hour a day for reviewing. It would be best if you can tackle three subjects every week.

Choose a great place to study.

Do you know where to study in Singapore? There are a lot of places to study in Singapore, but we recommend visiting a study room, especially when the exams are nearing and you need to really mug. Paid study rooms provide a conducive environment complete with ample lighting, powerpoints and pantry areas for times when you need to take a break.

Are you ready to begin studying for your O-levels? Let us know!