How to prepare for EOY exams?

For the year 2s (or year 3s for MI), prelims will commence at end of August and continue on the second week of Sept. Similarly, the promos for year 1 (year 1 & 2 for MI) will commence on the 4th week of September.

So there is approximately 7 to 8 weeks to Prelims, 9 to 10 weeks for Promos. It may seem long but if you are having tuition once a week, that means you have 7 to 8 or 9 to 10 lessons remaining to push up your grades.

The next question is: How to prepare?

  1. According to my own experience, students tend to forget about the topics taught earlier, especially those that were not tested at the mid-year exams. Hence I would recommend that you start by topical practice rather than heading straight for exam papers (unless you are already capable of mathematics).

You may want to allocate minimum 2 sessions of 2 to 3 hour sessions for H2 Math,                   1 sessions for H1 Math. For each session you may want to study a few related topics                 together and do some topical practice. Remember: Reading alone is not enough,                      Math is about practicing and applying what “theory” you have learnt.

A suggestion would be to study the following topics by “clusters”:

(A) Graphing, Functions, Inequalities and System of Linear Equations

(B) Sigma Notation (including Method of Difference) , AP & GP and Induction*

(C) Differentiation and Integration (including Maclaurin’s, Differential Equations)

(E) Vectors and Complex Numbers

(F) P&C, Probability, Binomial, Poisson* and Normal Distributions

(G) Sampling Methods, Hypothesis Test and Correlation & Linear Regression.

* Denotes some topics that are in the old syllabus


2. That will probably take 3 to 4 weeks of topical revision and recap. The next 3 to 4 weeks or so is to practice on examination questions. Here you need to set aside 2 sessions of 3 hours each. 1 session for Paper 1 and 1 session for Paper 2. Attempt the questions at 1 shot of 3 hours (to train yourself mentally) and do self marking and checking later.


Of course if you have a private tutor or attending a tuition class, you may use this chance to ask your tutor the questions you are unable to solve.