A Level Chemistry Tuition in Hemel Hempstead
AS and A2 Chemistry AQA, OCR and Edexcel Private Teaching.
We cover the OCR, AQA and Edexcel Syllabuses. Much of the A level Chemistry syllabuses require practical work to help the students gain a firm understanding of the chemical concepts. As well as supporting the chemistry theory we encourage our students to undertake practical work with us to enhance their learning. We have a variety of chemistry equipment to undertake chemical assays. We create our own indicators and other chemicals. We haves a wide range of glassware including jointed glassware to enable refluxing, distillation and other organic and inorganic reactions. A good grounding in practical work improves the grades at A level and helps open doorways to the future.
We have a well resourced Chemistry facility and are able to do allthe chemistry experiments necessary to support the different A level Syllabuses.
We do different titration's and carefully analyse the results to help work out chemical forumlae. In A2 we carry out calorimetry and then apply the practical knowledge to looking at Heats of Formation and Enthalpy change. Using the pristine ground glassware the students can set up a variety of different organic synthesis. We have significant IR UV and NMR data and let the students use these to understand the organic chemicals they are using.
For courses starting in September 2015 onwards, practical work will still be a requirement of A-level sciences – students will be expected to do a minimum of 12 practical activities, set by the exam boards, for which they will receive a ‘pass’ or a ‘fail’ grade. The written exams will include questions on practical activities, which Ofqual says will reflect what students have learnt as a result of doing the experiments. According to Ofqual, the reforms aim to address the flaws in the current assessments, which have lead to a poor student experience and was open to malpractice.
The announcement, however, sent shivers through the science community, including SCORE (the group of organisations that works together to improve science education in UK schools and colleges), who see this change as downgrading the importance of practical work at A-level, which could have serious consequences for whether or not some schools strapped for cash will do practical work. Professor Sir John Holman, University of York, senior education adviser for The Wellcome Trust said, ‘Teachers could simply coach their students to answer the written questions, or show them a computer simulation of the experiment, or even demonstrate it – students won’t need to do the practicals to get good marks in the written paper. Inevitably, some schools will conclude that practical work no longer matters.’ Under the new arrangements there will be less incentive for schools to do practical work because it doesn’t contribute to the grade students need for university entrance and there is no incentive for schools to do open-ended investigations, which have been shown to motivate students in their learning of science and provide them with valuable skills for higher education. "Learning science without practicals is the equivalent of studying literature without books.” Professor Sir John Holman, University of York.
We make the difference. Not just tutors, but qualified experienced teachers. We cover much of the practical work not done in schools that enable students to understand A Level Chemistry and how it works.
When teaching the hard facts of chemistry in the cold light of the classroom, it’s easy to lose sight of the rich historical foundation upon which our current understanding is built. We can easily fall into the trap of thinking ‘this is how it is and how it always was’, when in fact we are at one point on an evolving timeline driven by the interplay of experiment and developing theoretical understanding. By turning back the clock and enlightening students about the sometimes painful and disruptive birth of new scientific models, we give them insight into the nature of the scientific method and bring some colour to what can be a hard slog through challenging material. By undertaking a good amout of practical work the students learn for themselves how things work and relate to one another rather than learning what just seems to be a load of unrelated facts. Chemistry is a practical subject and needs to be taught that way.
Approaching the Examination time we look at exam technique, finding ways to get a few extra marks that can make all the difference in the grades.
We spend time looking and practicing exam papers both those set by the examination boards and also looking and practicing many similar questions.
We spend time looking at the areas of student weakness and turn these into strengths. In schools the students must move onto the next topic, we can concentrate on any topics that the student is unsure of, strengthening those areas in which the student is weak.
We try to make well rounded individuals who are confident in their own ability in the subject. From this confidence come excellent grades and a sure foundation for further work at University.