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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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Organic Chemistry – Isomerism

Isomerism Isomerism – What is the difference between a meso compound and a racemic mixture? A closer look at the terms would already give you a hint.  A racemic mixture is not chemically bonded together hence we are able to separate the two equal portion (50/50) enantiomers. If we then pass plane-polarized light through just […]

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How to improve in Chemistry?

How to improve in Chemistry? Recently i have been reading some personal development books and one of the ideas that came up was how to improve in any area of your life…quite instantly. It takes at most 3 weeks to see significant changes. Ready for the (almost magical) idea?  No, it’s not something new. It’s […]

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Branches of Chemistry at Advanced Level

Branches of Chemistry In Physical Chemistry, we mostly encounter formulas and calculations. There is theory but the main applications involves calculations and numerical answers. The most important thing we need to do is to practise. This is similar to Mathematics where you basically have to use the formulas to do calculations for different questions until […]

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Happy Belated Lunar New Year!

Over the CNY, my family took our maiden flight together back to Sarawak, Miri, to visit my in-laws. CNY visitation @ MiriThank God for good advice on how to distract little Felix with munchies as the plane ascends. I had been dreading the flight with this feisty little ball of energy after hearing all the […]

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How to improve JC H2 Chem – Part 2

With all the challenges facing the JC H2 Chem students, it’s no wonder many are struggling to do well in the subject.  Suggested solutions There are a couple of solutions that might help but these will probably not be implemented anytime soon. Cut down A level syllabus. And do not re-package additional content with every […]

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How to improve in JC H2 Chem – Part 1

How to improve JC H2 Chem Many parents often ask me, “How to improve his/her JC H2 Chem?” This question is usually asked by frustrated/hapless parents. Typical scenario is that the student has studied hard but doesn’t seem to make any improvement. To which a slight probe will most likely reveal that the method of studying […]

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How to solve common redox questions

Redox Qn: Sulfur dioxide causes a colour change in acidified potassium dichromate. Given that the potassium dichromate and sulfur dioxide are present in the reacting ratio of 1:3, suggest a likely sulfur−containing product for the reaction. This is considered quite a common redox question.  Firstly, what do you need to know? And how to apply […]

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How do organic compounds achieve stability?

Important Concept for Organic Chemistry Organic Chemistry Two main ways organic compounds achieve stability: Resonance         Electrons are delocalized to form different resonance structures, which lowers the energy level of the organic compound. This contributes to stability. Dispersion of charge Carbocation is electron deficient while R groups are electron-donating. Thus the more […]

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