BACII: Tips for Chemistry

By Sovansere Phoeung, ACE Student

I am from Siem Reap, and I recently graduated from high school. I came to Phnom Penh to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs at the American University of Phnom Penh. The BACII examination is coming up soon. You might feel excited because you are going to finish high school, or you might feel frustrated because you are not yet ready to face the BACII challenge. As someone who has faced this bittersweet experience myself, I am honoured to give you some insight and share some useful tips for chemistry that can enhance your success.

There are five basic tips for chemistry. These spell the acronym BACII.

  • Be well-prepared. If you want to do well in chemistry, take responsibility and be prepared to learn. Chemistry is like a laboratory experiment: if you are prepared, it will be fine, but if you neglect to prepare, it will explode.
  • Ask questions. If you are serious about success, you need to be serious with asking questions. You do not have much time left. If any questions come to mind, approach your teachers or your friends and ask them. Remember that the only stupid question in the world is the one you do not ask.
  • Complete as much practice as possible. Do every activity that you can find in textbooks and elsewhere to acquire a better understanding. If you do this, you will know your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Interact with your teachers. This may take some courage, but go for it. They are not only your guides in class, but the sources of the knowledge and motivation you need. Ask your teachers to tell you what you need to improve in chemistry, and ask for their advice in order to speed up your progress.
  • Invest your time wisely. Ask yourself how much time you have left. It is now up to you to study.

My last piece of advice: A stands for assets, B stands for billionaire, C stands for CEO, D stands for daebak (wonderful), E stands for entrepreneur and F stands for financial success. Whatever your result, don’t worry. Life is more than your grades. I wish you all the best!

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