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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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RIVR for Learning Chemistry

Random, Intermittent and Variable Reinforcement (RIVR) This is Strategy #5 RIVR from Dr Lee’s book ‘Internal Drive Theory’, if you haven’t read the first four strategies, click here. In this strategy, we look at using rewards to help influence the child/student’s behavior.  Firstly, we have to distinguish between ‘approval’ and ‘reinforcement’. Approval for the right […]

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Informational Feedback to Learn Chemistry

Informational Feedback to Learn Chemistry We’ve come to strategy #4 from Dr Lee’s book, Internal Drive Theory, Motivate Your Child to Want to Study. If you haven’t read the previous three strategies, start here. This ranking of feedback is based on my own personal opinion, not from the book. The idea is, we need to […]

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Study Process to Learn Chemistry

Study Processes to Learn Chemistry The next strategy listed by Dr Lee is called “Study Process”, if you haven’t read the prior two posts on the first two strategies, click here to start. It’s basically forming good study habits together with your child/students. I see it as an extension to the first strategy, ‘Structured Choices’. The […]

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Emotional Connection to Learn Chemistry

Emotional Connection to Learn Chemistry For her second strategy, Dr Lee spoke at length about an “Emotional Connection” between parent and child. This is what the teaching fraternity refers to as “Rapport”. (If you hadn’t read my post on the first strategy, click here) In layman’s terms, it means that ‘if your students likes you, they […]

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Structured Choices to Learn Chemistry

Using Structured Choices to Learn Chemistry I have been reading this book recently, by Dr Petunia Lee. The first strategy she mentioned is giving the child structured choices. This gives the impression that he or she is the one who made the decision, who chose to do whatever the action is. The trick here is […]

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A trip back to Miri

This picture was taken on Christmas day when Felix was down with fever. Incredibly proud of him for staying bubbly and cheerful despite the temperature. He is now at the age when he can interact meaningfully with us. Some of the things he says are really hilarious! On a more serious note, taking care of […]

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VSEPR theory – main concept

Understanding the underlying concept This week as i was teaching chemical bonding to my student, i realised that she was struggling to learn VSEPR.  I asked her why did she find it difficult and her reply was it was hard to remember all the basic shapes and bond angles. And we haven’t even got to […]

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IP Chem tuition and Lifelong Learning

Public Service Announcement – Parking App (for carparks with no electronic gantry eliminates use of coupons) Met with a copier company salesperson last month after my IP chem tuition. They proposed to takeover my existing contract and provide me with a new copier.  So met their salesperson but their pricing wasn’t really competitive plus there […]

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Chemistry in Daily life

Chemistry in Daily life Plastics is one of the most important inventions Chemistry has made in 19th century. It is so pervasive in our lives that we seldom stop to think just how much we depend on it. Have a look around your house, how many things are made of plastics? Try going to the […]

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