Study Tips to Ace HSC Chemistry

Study Tips to Ace HSC Chemistry

To achieve success in HSC Chemistry it is important to master both the conceptual understandings and the ability to translate those concepts to deliver extensive amounts of details. Thus, you should aim to have a balanced study approach.

There are 3 essential study tips to ace HSC Chemistry.

  1. Creating effective notes
  2. Creating a list of chemical equation
  3. Attempting past papers


Tip 1: Creating Effective Study Notes

Notes are usually the most important source of obtaining information and learning content. It is important that you make concise and effective notes. The most effective way to write notes is to treat each syllabus point as a question and answering it elaborately by using various resources such as class notes, textbooks and the internet. Adding as many diagrams as you can is also very helpful, especially if you’re a visual learner.

It is vital that you constantly update and edit your notes as the year goes by, especially after exam feedback.

Hand-writing summarised notes on topics is an effective method that helps you to remember content.


Tip 2: Creating a list of chemical equations

There are several chemical equations in each module that you will need to know for Chemistry, so it is important to collect all the equations for the reactions specified in the syllabus in one place for easy access. This will also help you when answering practice questions, slowly allowing you to remember these. Create a heading for each module and write the relevant chemical equations under that heading. Don’t forget to add the catalyst/conditions for the reaction if required.


Tip 3: Attempting past papers

Doing questions from past exams is potentially the best way to prepare for HSC Chemistry. Chemistry has several concepts that need to be applied multiple times for you to understand how to maximise your marks. Addressing the key words in the question is imperative to get full marks for short answer and extended response questions, e.g. “explain” questions require you to provide a cause and effect style response. However, it is as important to get your answers and responses marked by either your teachers or yourself if you have the marking rubric. Practicing calculation questions will help you avoid careless errors in exams.

For long response questions, prepare a set scaffold for each type of question. This will save you time in exams as you will not have to spend as much time planning. It is also useful to draw diagrams and write equations in long response questions.


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