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Changes to H2 Chemistry Syllabus Part 2

H2 Chemistry Syllabus 2017 Part 2 (part 1 here) H2 chemistry syllabus 2017 updates: Organic: Constitutional (structural) isomerism. Cis-trans isomerism, used to be geometric isomerism. Enantiomerism used to be optical isomerism. Nitrogen Compounds (proteins): Not required to learn primary – quaternary structures, as well as list major functions of proteins in the body. Not required […]

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Changes in H2 Chemistry syllabus 2017 – part 1

Theories of acids and bases *New! Arrhenius theory – acid produce H+ in water, base produces OH– in water. Bronsted Lowry theory – acid produces H+, base accepts H+. Conjugate pair concept. Lewis theory – acid as electron pair acceptor, base as electron pair donor. Gases: Vm = 22.7 dm3 at stp (1 bar, 273 […]

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Posture for Learning

Did you know that there’s a posture for learning? I didn’t until quite someone pointed out the link between posture and our physiological state of mind.  A couple of examples: You get angry and your nostrils flare, face turns red and your fists clench.  Watching a scary movie and your heart beats faster, palms get […]

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Thinking about the “M” word

No, not money…Memory! 🙂 Many have argued that our system of education is antiquated because a good grade is usually dependent on memorizing large chunks of information.  Why do we need to remember so much information when we have unprecedented access to huge amounts of data to literally anything at our fingertips? I would say […]

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Reading and learning

Reading and Learning Recently i had a revelation on why students struggled with paper 3 i.e. free response questions, as compared with structured questions in paper 2. It has to do with the ability to read and glean useful information from words. This problem is especially stark for science students, because they tend to fall […]

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Meta Learning Part 2

Meta Learning Part 2 This post is a follow-up to Meta Learning post. Recently one of my students did not complete her homework, citing “no stamina”. I told her most likely it is due to mental fatigue, as she is using a lot of her mental energy to do the organic questions. This is commonly […]

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Book published!

H2 Chemistry Practical Guide book   This is one item on my bucket list i thought wouldn’t be fulfilled so soon. Hopefully this book will be of help to private candidates as they prepare for their practical paper. Current students might also like to get a copy to get more practices of the various topics. […]

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Meta Learning

Meta Learning I’ve recently completed my reading challenge for 2018, twelve book, in four months and a week. Realised that i’ve set too low a bar for myself. Walked right over it. Will be doubling the number of books to read for the rest of the year. Reading and learning are intricately linked, but reading […]

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A visit to National Junior College

Went for the choir performance at National JC last month. I must say i felt very proud of my student as she’s one of the four lead singers during the combined choir. Here’s a picture of her in action:   Choir performances always gives me the goosebumps…not in the bad sense. There’s something deeply moving […]

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Thanksgiving

Start-up phase It has been about one year since we started Mr Khemistry. Looking back in this 12 months, there’s plenty to give thanks for. Friends who have been there, done that. Thanks Irwin, for your encouragement, advice and all those chairs. Irwin runs a renowned GP tuition centre, Irwin’s Study at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. […]

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Advice for private A level candidates

Private Candidates Hi there, are you a private candidate looking to re-take the A levels?  If so, have you thought about the reason why you didn’t do well last year or the year before? Whenever i see a private candidate re-taking the A levels, i would ask them if they’re aware that the odds are […]

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Group vs Private Tuition

Group vs Private Tuition No matter whether you’re a student or parent looking for tuition for your child, this question undoubtedly popped into your mind. So what are the pros and cons of each and which is more suitable for you? Read on to find out… Group  Follows a set topic schedule. Limited interaction during […]

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