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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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How to solve Organic Synthesis Question

Organic Synthesis Question In any synthesis questions, we first need to note the number of carbon atoms, is there an increase or decrease in the carbon chain? In the above question, yes the carbon chain increased from 8 to 9 carbons. This informs us that somewhere in the intermediate steps, a step-up reaction involving nitrile […]

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Writing it down

Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips – Dawson Trotman There’s much value in writing down what we are teaching. This past week, i’ve had feedback from students telling me they understand the lessons much better.  The secret formula is to actually write down what i’m saying. Not every single word, […]

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Strategy #10: Specify and Magnify

Specify and Magnify This is strategy #10 from Dr Lee’s book, ‘Internal Drive Theory’. If you have not read the previous strategies, click here to start! This method looks for the positive behaviors and points it out. Amplifying it. This increases the child/student’s motivation level.  The challenges for this method: Lack of patience. It requires […]

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Set Goals to Learn Chemistry

Came across this really good TedEx talk by Stephen Duneier on goal setting, watch it if you have the time. Well, we’re reach the 3rd last strategy by Dr Lee in her book “Internal Drive Theory”. If you haven’t read the previous strategies, start here. Strategy #9 – Set Goals to Learn Chemistry Dr Lee starts […]

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Design the Self-Concept to Learn Chemistry

This is Strategy #8 of Dr Lee’s book, ‘Internal Drive Theory’. If you have not read the previous seven strategies, click here. Words are powerful. They send a subliminal message from the physical world to our subconscious. Our subconscious mind has no way of telling which words to believe and which words to keep out. […]

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Failure Management: Learning Goal Orientation

Failure Management: Learning Goal Orientation Hi all, here it is, strategy #7 Failure Management: Learning Goal Orientation, from Dr Lee’s ‘Internal Drive Theory’ book. If you have not read the first six strategies, click here. In this chapter, Dr Lee shares three kinds of goal orientation or mindset (paraphrased) : Results orientated. Risk orientated. Growth […]

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2019 Mr Khemistry Chemistry A level results

Congratulations to all students for successfully completing this challenging journey! I am glad to have been part of your A level Chemistry journey 🙂                 Our Centre’s results for 2019 A level H2 Chemistry: 53% – A 88% – A and B 100% pass Very glad for those […]

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Strengthen Self-Efficacy: Difficult Victories

Strengthen Self-Efficacy: Difficult Victories This is strategy #6 from Dr Lee’s book, ‘Internal Drive Theory’. If you haven’t read the first five strategies, start here. First of all, Dr Lee defines self-efficacy as a belief one has about one’s capability to perform. Not to be confused with self-esteem, which is a sense of self-worth. Self-efficacy […]

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