IB Chemistry is a fun yet challenging subject, and it becomes a little stressful when the exam dates are announced, and you have limited time to study. Whether you are IB Chemistry HL or an SL student, your goal should be to score a 7 in your exams. Solving Questions in time is very important in Improving your grades, But it all depends on how determined you are to do the same.
Here are my tips and tricks for you to make IB Chemistry a bit easy.
Be an Early bird
Don’t leave your studies to the last minute.
The first step is to have a proper time management. You need to make sure that you have a timetable to study, you can write that in your diary, put it on a poster, hand it on your wall, or set it up online.
Check your syllabus
Chemistry is a vast subject, and you cannot study everything and anything in the universe. The most important thing is checking your syllabus and understanding what you need to learn.
You can divide Chemistry into different sections. Organic, Inorganic, and Physical, whatever you like. You should know your favorite parts or topics and the areas of improvement too. Once we have concluded our strengths and weaknesses, then we start studying.
Get your Basics Right.
So by now, you have sorted your syllabus into topics, and your study timetable is ready.
The next step is to understand the basics and clarity of all concepts. If your basics are clear, you can answer any question, long, short, MCQ.
The best way to make notes, Short, concise, and to the point.
Manage your time
All said and done, you need to complete the question fast as exams are time-bound activities.
So it would help if you planned on how much time you will spend learning each topic, my recommendation is to do the hardest topics first and then gradually move to the easy ones.
Good time management will help you finish your work on time. Make sure you also practice time management in long or theory-based questions. Summarizing and idea and getting your key points in the answer will fetch you high marks.
For IB Chemistry, you need to practice at least one hour every day till the exam day.
If you want to score a 7 or upgrade your score, then the best tips are
- Solid foundation in your core topics of Chemistry
- Crystal clear concepts and a very good understanding of basics
Revision / Practice
Revision – revise your concepts, clear your basics and focus on questions. Please do your homework on time and don’t skip it. It will help you with getting a better understanding of each topic in detail.
Practice will make you perfect. So do as many questions as you can get your hand on.
Past Papers and question banks are your friends in this, and they will help you in scoring good marks. As Quizzes are time-bound activities, don’t forget to keep your timer on.
This will help you in three ways.
- Past Papers will help you with the pattern of questions.
- You will know your areas of strength and weakness
- Question banks will help you know where you stand and how much more hard work and preparation are needed.
You can check various books and online resources like Tribe Topper, which provides time-bound quizzes and solved past papers and question banks.
Train Your Brain
Sometimes you get MCQ questions, sometimes one word or descriptive ones. You need to train your brain so you can quickly respond to the type of question you get.
Over-exerted brains and cells play games with us, and most of the time, we forget crucial information when there are time-bound tests.
Plan your favorite sports, and add some brainy indoor games; time-bound chess is a great way to enhance your time management skills.
Rest is very important, and if you are studying hard, then you deserve a Break on how to do that when exam pressure is on your head. The best way is to schedule time for resting and relaxing your mind and body.