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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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Graduating classes 2018

Mr Khemistry – A level Chemistry tutor This year, we have a lot more students graduating from Mr Khemistry’s H2 JC chemistry tuition classes.               As more students come to us, hopefully the quality of teaching will become even better. We would like to wish all students who passed through […]

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Exam Reduction

Exam Reduction In a recent article on exam reduction, […he (Mr Ong YK) also strongly urged tuition centres not to simulate “examination-like conditions” for students to make up for the lost examinations, noting that there are a few who have said they will do so. “Doing so would just be preying on the apprehension and anxieties […]

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Teaching and Learning Course from Harvard :)

Teaching and Learning Recently completed the teaching and learning course offered by Harvard University. Very pleased to receive the certificate 🙂   I believe that when we stop learning, we stop growing and when we stop growing, our lives starts to stagnant, or worse, atrophy. So when i saw the chance to sharpen my teaching, i […]

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Teacher’s Day

Last week was teacher’s day and i’m thankful for all my students who wrote me a card and gave food. This past month has been really busy and i anticipate it to continue on for probably another 6 weeks. By the time November rolls around, i would probably be very free. Which is great, because […]

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Revision for A level Chemistry

Revision for A level Chemistry Students and parents (as well as teachers) are all getting nervous about the impending Prelims. Some parents are asking me why aren’t their children making progress in their studies even though they spent long hours revising and attending tuition. One of the main reason is that students have to reflect […]

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Lesson Structure

Recently i implemented a new lesson structure for the J2 classes, inspired by my Harvard teaching and learning course. It’s easily remembered by the acronyms ABCDE, inspired by my son’s fascination with alphabets. A for Aim – What’s the learning objective we’re trying to master today? B for Big Idea – What’s the underlying concept […]

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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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