As parents who want the best for our children and recognising the leap in standards between O level Chemistry and A level Chemistry, parents need to decide whether or not their child needs Chemistry tuition in JC. Here are three considerations that will help parents make an informed decision on whether or not to send your child for Chemistry tuition!
1) Pure Chemistry Or Combined Science At O Levels
If your child has taken Combined Science at O Levels, it could be tough for your child to cope with A Level Chemistry due to the gulf in standards on the content was covered in Combined Science as compared to A Level Chemistry. Hence if your child has taken Combined Science, it is very likely that your child would need additional help in A Level Chemistry.
2) Grade Attained For O Level Pure Chemistry
Due to the huge leap in difficulty between O and A Level Chemistry, if your child has scored an A2 or below for O Levels, parents are strongly advised to send their child for Chemistry tuition.
3) Looking At Percentile Rather Than Grade
Parents often look at grades to determine how good or bad their child is doing. The truth is that it is the percentile, and not the grade, that predicts how well a student will perform in the A Level examinations. For example, if a particular junior college has on average 50% of its students scoring A’s in their A Level Chemistry, and if your child has scored B (but is ranked at the 55th percentile), it is likely that he/she will score an A in Chemistry as he/she is above the 50th percentile. On the contrary, if your child scored an A but is in the 35th percentile, it is unlikely that he/she will score an A in the A Level Chemistry examination as he/she is below the 50th percentile. To sum, a student’s final grade is relative to the cohort performance. Hence it is the percentile score that matters!
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