1 week VS 1 day: How to study for Math Exam

1 week VS 1 day: How to study for Math Exam
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With less than a month until your child’s Math exam, you’re concerned about their progress.


Unsure how to improve their study plan and achieve desired grades?


Here at Keynote Learning, our experienced teachers understand student struggles. Plus, they sit for the O-level exams every year.


That’s why we have come up with quick, helpful tips for preparing for the Math exam just one week and one day before the paper!

1 week before exam

We recommend zooming into the top 3 topics your child is always facing difficulty in or is not so confident in doing. They can practise more of these 3 topics or seek clarification from their teachers and tutors if they do not understand.

Practice can be done via assessment books or school practice papers. Some of the high weightage topics (according to the analysis of past year papers) for PSLE are :

  • Whole numbers (includes number patterns) 
  • Fractions / decimals / ratio 
  • Perimeter / area / volume 
  • Geometry (angles & shapes)

Another tip is to practise and redo your past exam practice papers. Look through what questions your child has gone wrong in and then cover it up and redo the question again.

This helps ensure your child understands why they’re wrong and how they can avoid that mistake.

Of course, if your child has any issues understanding the theory behind it, it is best to seek help from their tutors and teachers as soon as possible.

1 day before exam

Generally, your child should prepare their math paper tools such as calculators (check if there is power inside or you can change batteries if you are afraid it dies during the exam), curve ruler, protractor, pencils and pens, rulers and erasers.

If time allows, your child can do 1 final practice paper and time themselves. For every 1 mark, they should spend 1 minute doing it, the maximum is 1.5 minutes per mark for paper 2 (for primary students) and papers 1 & 2 (for secondary students).


For primary 5 and 6, since it is MCQ for paper 1, they should spend 1 minute for every 1 mark.

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For secondary students, do remember to memorise the required formulas. Your child can write it down on a piece of paper and cover it up to practice. When the paper starts, for the first 2 to 3 minutes, instead of doing the paper first, they can write down all their memorised formulas on a piece of paper so that they can refer to them while they are doing the paper.


Of course, we recommend getting enough sleep so it is best to get 8 hours of rest and not stay up late as a clear mind helps to process the logic better.

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Important tip

How your child does their daily work will ultimately affect their exam performance.

For example, writing proper units or fractions or rounding off may be small matters in the paper but if your child does not write it properly during the exam, it can cost them marks.

Thus, it is best to make it a habit in their daily school work. During the exam, with the environmental and time pressure, your child might not have the capacity to remind themselves. 

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And finally……!!!!

There’s a common saying that “practice makes perfect”, and that also applies to Math. If you keep practising, especially on past year PSLE & O level Math papers, your child will know the theory and method behind the question and repeat the method to do those questions in their final exams.

For more math Q&A, you can check out our Facebook Math playlist (https://fb.watch/6Cxq_dCdPV/)! 

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Is your child still scoring the same results despite countless math practices?

Has your child been doing countless practice papers and revision but they still cannot get the grades they want?


Does your child find the questions hard to solve and feel intimidated by Math?


We know how it feels…

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That’s why our educators are here to help!


Our Math educators can help your child:

  • Understand the techniques to answer various question types
  • Figure out what examiners are looking for
  • MASTER the MUST-KNOW topics for PSLE and O-level exams
  • Apply proven methods and answering techniques for their Math paper
  • Learn and apply our framework to solve tough questions 

To find out more about our teaching methods & let your child experience our primary or secondary school classes for free, click on the button below to contact us!

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