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How To Pass GCE A and O Levels Cameroon General Certificate of Education

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A lot of students have failed the GCE because they did not know the paten or criteria to follow to be able to pass this examination. Passing or success is the ability of undertaking a practical OR theoretical examination or test, and scoring above the failure line or emerging with a positive result. GCE which is an acronym for CAMEROON GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION, is an examination written nationwide in Cameroon. This exams is in two phase, Ordinary Level written in form 5 and Advance Level written in uppersixth .This examination is written in June which is the number 9th and last month of Cameroons school calenda. This means that students take a maximum of 9months to prepare for tis exam for that academic year, in addition to the 4 years( form 1 to 4), oe 1 year (lower sixth).

Success they say is not a bed of roses nor can it be achieved at the comfort zone. What determines the success or failure of a candidate in these exams is the manner of a preparation. Just like the saying goes that “Rome was not built in a day”, so is the preparation on how to pass the GCE.

WHY LEARN HOW TO PASS THE GCE?

-To fulfill the purpose of the examination

-To prove yourself worthy of the certificate you aim to achieve

-To gain access to the next level of education

-To prove that your time, energy and resources was not wasted

-To make your parents proud and encourage them to keep investing in you

-To be able to meet up to society’s standared

-To fulfill one of the recommendation of the job market, just to name a few.

INTRUDUCTION

Hello dear  GCE A level  And O level students  today  we will be  talking  about how to succeed  in your Cameroon GCE exams  for  both  A level  and  O  level  students .I have been asked  this  question several  times over social  media  and  also  I think it will be good if  I did  an article  on this since  it  will give  students  a better way  to prepare  for their GCE exams. Is  important  to note  that  these  are not  absolute  or  win win  methods or tips  they  are just  tips and  advice  that  will help you get  your GCE exam .  I believe that  everyone has his or her method of studying so  feel  free  of  using  your method  but  I will suggest  at least  to  get through  this article  to  see what  may  be lacking in your  method  .  Before we start for does who don’t  know the  Cameroon gce exam is  an  official exam  written in form  5 and  Upper sixth  in Cameroon .

That said we can now jump in;

1)Read your notes (read, read and read)

Yes as you can see  one of the  easy ways you can prepare  for your GCE or any  exams  and  bringing  yourself towards success   is  by reading your notes   , however  reading your notes is find but I believe it has a period  . I can remember  back  in form  5  , I had  a friend  that  did not  get  A’s because even till the GCE evening  he was still and always  reading his notes . Wait a min I know what you’re saying that am contradicting myself right? , but wait  let me explain , reading your  notes  is  find but there  is a period  for that , and  after that  reading your notes  will  more  of slow you down than help   you ! .  to  make it clear  here is  my  suggestion in reading your  notes be  it  in GCE  A level  or  O level

1st term read your notes 80% of your reading time

2nd term read your notes 40% of your reading time

Finally  3rd  and  last  term  read  your notes  10% of your reading time  ,to say  the truth  I could have said 1% cause during the third  term ,  you just  open your notes to cross check  of definitions etc.

2) Gradual increase in your reading time

The title  is self-explanatory  but I will still explain for does who  don’t  understand what  am trying  to  say . okay what  am trying to  say  here  is this  , the more you  get close to  your exams  you should also  increase  they  time you spend studying  a simple example will  be this  let’s  say you read for 4 hours  that is  in the first  term  then during the second  term  you should got to  8 hours  or  9 hours  per day etc.  but depending  on how long you can endure  but  I really suggest  you should increase it of at least  2 hours  as you get close to the gce  exam . I always advice my students to  be working with  watches  cause it  will  help  them  verify   they  are reaching their  goal  in their  study hours .

3) Pamphlets and study Guides

Pamphlets Pamphlets  Pamphlets !! , really I believe  that  a student  that  wants  to get  A grades in  his gce MUST use pamphlets and revision guide  . personally  I believe  that  one of the reasons i got an “A “ in economics  was because  I had pamphlets , yes pamphlets with “s” . Also  I will not really  encourage pamphlets because they cause  students to be lazy  cause they  give quick answers  and students instead  turn to  be doing  cram  work instead of understanding  which  cause them  to  fail  by  the end . I always suggest pamphlets to be used after students have fully read their notes then they can use their pamphlets and revision guide

4) Study with Friends 

I believe this one is really important!! , just look carefully around in your class   and you will remark that does that  don’t do well most of the time are does that always study alone (in most cases). This is because when you  study  alone  you have no one to correct  you or  even  improve the  answer  you did give , and since no one told your answer  is wrong  you  walk  it  in the exam  hall  knowing is correct . Back in upper sixth  I always work  with the first  of the class  and he used to show me some ticks  to solve math’s faster and thing is like  that  this I believe  helped  me a lot . so  to  cut it short  study  alone is very  very  bad always study  with  SERIOUS  friends  it will help you a lot

5) Solve past questions

“Questions can never be created nor destroy but can be changed from one form to another”

Yes  even  Questions follow the  same law as energy  . What am trying to  say that  if you  solve some 1000 questions ( yes 1000 ) before  you write your GCE , and your sure of the correction or  that the you understood the correction  in each  of them  then  there is no  reason you won’t have less than an  A . Back  in upper sixth  I solved about that amount In math  before writing  the GCE , But still just jumping in questions will produce no effects  is just is always good to  accompany  questions with  reading that is I always  suggest  questions should  be at the  end  cause  it  will  help  you  check  if your reading was effective  or  not  , for past questions in GCE  or any  mocks you can find them  in my website here

In Conclusions

I will just  add  research  and prayers  skills to  these tips and am  sure at 100 % that everyone  who applies these  formula  in his   studies  is pretty sure  to  get A’s  at his GCE A or O level , that  said wish  you  the  best thanks.

GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels Study Tips

You should study on an average 130 hours for each A level and O level subject.

  • Allocate enough number of hours each day/ week in your calendar for each subject. This should depend on how much time is left.
  • Thoroughly go through the syllabus of each subject. You should understand the objectives and assessments on which you will be examined in the exam. The syllabus will also outline the number of Papers.
  • Learn from various sources and methods. First, study from your textbooks and then research the same on the internet. Youtube also has good videos on various topics. You can also refer to reference books mentioned in the syllabus.
  • This is important- know what the examiners need to see in your answer. What are the scoring points? You should read the examiner reports of all past year papers. Here you will learn the mistakes to avoid.
  • Do past papers. 10 past year papers are more than enough.
  • Mark your doubts, in case of any ambiguity contact your teachers or post here we will assist you with the best GCE tutors.

GCE A level and O level Maths and Additional Maths Study Tips

These two require something beyond fundamental learning. The more practice you have, the happier you are thoughtful. Extra Math is typically a feared subject since individuals don’t practice it well and it’s a major bounce from A level and O level Math to Additional Math.

It’s simple and less demanding to score in than A level and O level Math. Ensure your practice loads. Once you’ve done with the books, come to past papers and attempt them honestly. The more you practice, the more you gain confidence, the easier the paper for you to score.

GCE A level and O level Physics, Chemistry and Biology Study Tips

  • Make sure your conceptual learning is given the 100%
  • Some parts, formulae, names of stuff, bond type, etc need to be memorized, but you must know what is formed if compound X is added in compound Y not because you learned it from the book, but because you’re analyzing the chain reaction.
  • Past papers. The past 5 years adding onto our online tutoring sessions are more than enough.
  • MCQs, the part is most taken for granted and go ‘less’ prepared as they feel are easier, are actually the toughest and decide your grade.
  • Chemistry and Physics ATP are the most scoring papers in the trio. Make sure you get 100% in these as it’s literally nothing, and a standardized pattern with different values as such follows.

GCE A level and O level Commerce Study Tips

This is perhaps one of the easiest A level and O level subjects.

Do the past 8 years of Paper 2 past papers and at least 10 years of Paper 1 past papers since the questions very often repeat from the old papers in Paper 1 and obtaining a high mark in paper 1 is essential for an A grade.

GCE A level and O level English Language Study Tips

  • You might have heard this thousand of times, but it is true. Reading newspapers and books improves your grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure. Read up on the recent Medical issues, economical problems, etc. You’ll have no issues answering the Directed Writing part.
  • Book reading and general vocabulary is the obvious answer to the essay part.
  • You must score very high in paper 2, comprehensions, to get the best marks and A’s. It’s very easy to score in the comprehension. Do lots of comprehensions as the more they practice, the better you are, despite the older papers not covering the newer requirement of the syllabus.
  • You need to do revision papers, write eloquently, and speak grammatically sound English
  • Make a practical timetable for your studies. Allocate adequate time for all the subjects. More time for your weaker subjects, but do not ignore your stronger areas.
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