MATHEMATICS – Preparing Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Mathematics Papers

The date for Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination 2015 are:

  • Paper 1: 19 October 2015 (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
  • Paper 2: 22 October 2015 (2.30pm – 5pm)

After deeper analysis of the coverage of the syllabus, there are 44 small topics that can be assessed in examinations. These topics are very small such that it will not be very difficult for students to revise 15 topics a day, which means that revision can be completed within 3 days. The list of topics can be found in the Curriculum Outline in the Mathematics Page.

Phase 1: Revision

For this phase, you will need a total of 11 sheets of blank paper. Fold each paper into half and allocate half page for each small topic as specified in our Curriculum Outline. On the papers, write down the important points of the topic (e.g. formulae, diagrams, description). Be sure to leave some spaces for further addition of content into the summary.

This phase should be done by Term 2 Week 10.

Phase 2: Practice

Right after the end of the Mother Tongue Mid-year paper (or earlier if possible, based on your own judgement and ability), practice one paper (Paper 1 and Paper 2, on each other day) every day. Practice your yearly Ten-Years Series (up to 2008). These past-year papers can also be sourced on-line, or from your teachers. Mathematics depends on constant revision.

After attempting those papers, mark the papers yourself, and see how you score. Keep a record of your scores and the topics that you are weaker at.

This should stop one week before the start of GCE ‘O’ Level (the October-November period, not the start of the Mathematics Papers).

Phase 3: Review

After Phase 2, review all the papers (as well as Preliminary Examinations) that you had done again. Identify the points that you need to take extra caution and write in the blank spaces of the notes that you had previously written in Phase 1. This should be completed at least two days before the examination.

Print out the summary from our website and tally with your notes to see whether you have any more content to add on to your notes.

Phase 4: Revise

Study the notes that you have written from Phase 1 to Phase 3 and the summary notes from Horizon Education. Your teacher may also provide with you a set of comprehensive notes that you may find useful.

By following the phases, weaker students should be able to score at least a merit or students of higher ability should be able to score distinction.

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