Do you panic and blank out when you look at Structured Questions, because they look completely different from the questions you have tried before?
When this happens, many students proceed to “dump” whatever they remember without considering the context of the question, hoping that they at least get some marks.
My students are different. They remain calm and plan for their answers according to the context of the question, even if they haven’t seen it before.
One of the first things my students do is to note the marks allocated so that they can gauge the level of detail required in the answer. By doing this, my students start scoring full marks for each part of the questions.
They also use the ‘3R’ framework to derive a high-scoring answer:
Reading the question for what it is
Asking Relevant questions
Recall similar questions by looking at key words in the question
For a worked example detailing how you can make use of the 3R framework to derive a high-scoring answer to a Structured Question you’ve never encountered before, download the Physics Structured Question Guide here.
Ms Kit Gan
Online Physics Coach