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Many primary school Science teachers preach a lot of answering techniques.
It is undoubtedly important to have the right answering structures, keywords and key phrases to ensure your child hit the right notes.
But, there’s one thing that most students tend to forget.
Linking their answer back to the question asked.
As such, in today’s blogpost, I’ll be sharing the importance of linking back & how you can apply this technique on a question of “Forces“.
Please refer to Part B of the question.
This is a question testing students on the topic of Energy.
I’ve seen many students who tend to lose marks in similar questions as the one above because they omitted a very important part of the structure – the link-back.
Linking the answer to the question asked will make your child’s answer more coherent. More importantly, this also helps to lowers the probability of losing marks unnecessarily.
Here’s How Most Students Would Answer
Looking at the question once again, it is asking, “Why did the ball not reach back to same height?”
As such, the above answer is incomplete & this would cost them to lose marks unnecessarily.
Here’s What Your Child Needs To Do.
In order to achieve the full marks for this question, your child needs to have these in his/her answer:
Some of the kinetic energy was converted to heat and sound energy to overcome air resistance, thus lesser kinetic energy in the pendulum bob will be converted back into gravitational potential energy. As a result, the bob will reach a lower height at position C.
When your child answers in this manner, he/she would have applied the template answer accurately and linked his/her answer to the question asked effectively.
Only then would he/she be awarded the full marks for this question 🙂
Hope this helps! 🙂
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