This post will teach you how to score for JC H2 Math
Junior College (JC) is probably the toughest period in a student’s life. The amount of content to learn, absorb and apply in 2 years is really immense. I came from National JC and the thing I remembered most is the lack of sleep during those days. Lectures and tutorials are conducted at breath-taking pace and everyone has difficulty keeping u . I had to sleep late at night to finish the tutorials. As a result, my energy was drained in the day-time and I always sleep during the lecture. Since I didn’t listen in lectures, I always lag behind what the teachers teach in school and I have to do a lot of self-revision.
In my personal opinion, JC H2 Math has the highest jump in difficulty from Secondary Math. The difficulty didn’t jump so much from Primary to Secondary. But when it comes to JC H2 Math, even students who are very proficient in Secondary Additional Mathematics are struggling badly in JC H2 Math. JC H2 Math consists of 60% pure Math and 40% statistics. Pure Math include those topics which you learnt in Secondary School like Differentiation and a lot more. Statistics is a new field which JC student must study. It includes probability, permutation and combination and lots more. Being strong with Algebra is only 1 part of the equation. You must know your Trigonometry formulas at your finger tips, master lots more Differentiation and Integration techniques, and grasp a strong understanding of Probability and Statistics.
Despite all these, Mathematics is still my favorite subject. After putting in a lot of hard work in this subject, partly due to my enthusiasm, I scored A for both Math and Further Math (Which is equivalent of H3 Math nowadays). On top of that, I also scored Distinction in the JC Math Special Paper which was only offered to those who were scoring well in Math.
I will like to offer a few tips for you to succeed in JC H2 Math.
1. Understanding is Crucial
When I asked some students why they did badly in JC H2 Math despite doing well in Secondary Additional Math, most of them said they don’t understand the topics. For Additional Math, most of the questions asked are quite typical. They are trained to apply this method when they see this word or phrase. However, in JC, this doesn’t work anymore. The questions come in greater twists and turns and you must have a good understanding of the topic in order to solve them. When you study a topic, take your time to delve into it. Understand the methods and the theories behind it. Do not take things on the surface. Understand why. It is good to do a summary of each topic. Write down the things you have learnt and include in some examples. Then refine it along the way.
2. Practice is Essential
I know this is nothing new to you. There is no shortcut to score well in Math other than doing lots of practice. Prepare lots of foolscap paper. You got to put in hours of hard work per day to master JC H2 Math. Many students ask me if doing their schools’ tutorials is sufficient. It depends. Personally, I find some JCs’ tutorials lack the required questions to apply your understanding. If that is so, you may need to do other JCs’ tutorials. I like to create questions that need to apply every single important concept which you must know.
Doing tutorials is still a must to build up your understanding. Then, you need to practice exam papers to solve the more challenging questions.
3. Consistency is the Key
For JC, I have seen very few last minute miracles. Those who scored A in their A-levels are very consistent in their studies and did well in their school exams. With the immense amount of contents you must learnt, it is not possible to revise only when you have 3 more months to your exams.
On top of that, most of the topics are linked to one another. If you think you can skip this topic and focus on the next one, the topic which you skipped will come and haunt you later. I understand it is very common for students to lag behind what their lecturers are teaching due to the incredibly fast pace lessons are conducted. But you must sacrifice some of your weekend and leisure time to catch up. Once you start to lag behind, you will find it harder and harder to catch up. So do put in effort to follow the pace that is taught in your school. Revise each class test and common test diligently and put in your best effort.
4. Master your Time
In JC, you must learn how to manage your time well. Gauge yourself how much time you need to spend per day on your homework. I have seen many JC students (usually JC1), who spent so much time on their CCAs, that they neglect their studies. As a result, they lag behind in schools and fail all their class tests. Needless to say, they failed their promos too. I am not saying that CCAs are not important. But do not fall into this trap. If you think you really need the extra time, learn to say NO to other activities. Give priority to your studies. You can create a weekly study timetable and follow it.
5. Seek a Good Tutor
There is nothing shameful in seeking tuition. A good tutor can make sure you understand the topics well, clear your misunderstandings, and provide you with good questions and methods to solve them. Sometimes when you are stuck with a question, instead of spending a few hours cracking your head, your tutor can give you a few pointers to guide you. He should not give you the solutions right away. He needs to teach you on how to derive the answer yourself.
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Hope these tips are helpful for you!
by Jimmy Ling
JC Math Tutor
Intellicat Tuition School
If you stay near Hougang, Kovan, Serangoon or Punggol, you are in luck! Call me at 6280 6841 or msg me at 9753 9016 for Jc Math tuition. I can teach both H1 and H2 mathematics.