Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

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Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Additional Mathematics (A Maths)
2
10%
E Maths
1
5%
Biology
2
10%
Chemistry
0
No votes
Physics
0
No votes
English
6
30%
Higher Chinese
3
15%
History
0
No votes
Geography
0
No votes
Literature
3
15%
Social Studies
3
15%
Others (You can state it in the forum)
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 20

Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Postby mathtuition88 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:32 pm

Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

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Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Postby slmkhoo » Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:19 am

mathtuition88 wrote:Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Depends on the student, surely?

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Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Postby mathtuition88 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:21 pm

Seems like English is getting difficult as a subject.

Add Maths is another subject that has gotten harder. Topics like Trigonometry addition formulas that used to be A Level topics have been included in the O Level Syllabus.

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Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Postby wilburlim » Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:14 pm

Additional maths is the MOST difficult subject you'll ever study. It will stretch your brains much more than studying Shakespeare for your literature.

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Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Postby mathtuition88 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:55 pm

Thanks for voting!

Additional mathematics is indeed a tough subject.

Need practice and understanding of the question in order to score well.

The good news is once students get the hang of it, it is no longer impossible to do A Maths questions. I have seen many students improve from F9 to B3 or higher.

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Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Postby AmandaChuaAC » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:10 pm

I also think it depends on the child..for me, my kids were struggling to improve in English for some time and we tried different tutors/centre with no results (until we found a good tutor through a friend's recommendation). For Maths, I think it has a lot to do with practice. If you practice more and regularly, then I think it is actually possible to improve and do well.

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Re: Which is the most difficult O Level Subject?

Postby mathtuition88 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:21 pm

Thanks for the vote.

For Maths, the good thing is if you are correct, you are correct and get the full marks.

English is kind of subjective, one examiner may like the style of writing and award high marks, whereas another examiner may not like the style. (I used to have an English teacher who said that she would actually deduct marks for using bombastic and flowery language, while some teachers may see bombastic words as evidence of a good vocabulary.) Some students take using "good phrases" to the extreme and starting using words like "phantasmagoria", or quoting Shakespeare throughout their essay.

The downside for Maths is that, if the student is totally wrong or leave the question blank, the teacher has no choice but to give zero.

For Maths, practice and understanding is key. Guidance from tutors or teachers for tips would be greatly beneficial. For hardworking students, improving in Maths is 100% possible. And all branches of Mathematics are linked, improving in Differentiation will lead to improving in Integration and Kinematics and so on. Hence, for conscientious and hardworking students rapid improvement may occur in Mathematics.

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