Chemistry Tuition Back CHEMISTRY TUITION The Central Importance of Chemistry At its essence, Chemistry is the study of transformation. The sciences have played a pivotal role in raising Singapore’s status as a global Research and Development hub. This emphasis on the sciences in the education system has helped Singapore to rank well in international science assessments such as PISA and TIMSS. Singapore has been a staunchly ‘pro-science’ nation, highly committed to grooming the next generation of leading scientists. As such, a career in Chemistry-related fields, such as Chemical Engineering, Pharmacology and Medicine, is highly coveted and highly competitive. The Ministry of Education (MOE) offers Chemistry at the upper secondary and junior college level. Chalking up good Chemistry grades is important for admission into prestigious science courses in polytechnic and university. With the help of private Chemistry tuition, students and parents can witness a complete transformation in results and renewed interest in this subject! Find the Catalyst When Studying Chemistry The late and great chemist, Marie Curie likened “a scientist in a laboratory… [to] a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairytale.” Curie’s statement suggests that Chemistry is a subject capable of inspiring child-like wonder and awe. It should be taught with verve and the passion to understand the mysteries of the universe. However, the reality is far from such an ideal. Students in schools are crippled by the amount of meaningless memorization required by the subject. This apathy is further amplified when school teachers focus merely on pulling grades up as opposed to sparking inquiry and interest in the subject. As such, the subject is associated with cold calculations and maddening methods. Having the spark of curiosity is exactly the catalyst needed for students to sustain their interest and to perform well during national examinations like the O-Levels or A-Levels. Chemistry Tuition: Start Chalking Up Good Grades! Chemistry can be a content-heavy and concept-specific subject. As such the benefits of a professional Chemistry tutor makes all the difference. These are some the manifold benefits of a good private Chemistry tutor: Crystalize and Condense Complicated Concepts A good grasp on concepts is crucial to doing well in Chemistry. From topics such as Atomic Structure to Acids, Bases and Alkalis, a good grounding in concepts is needed to ensure that students can apply them in examination questions. Without a strong foundation, they are less likely to do well and this problem will perpetuate all through their years studying the subject. 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Micro and Macro Learning Chemistry is a broad subject that encompasses various concepts and understanding that are interrelated. With micro and macro learning, students see both the ‘big picture’ and the more nuanced and specific aspects of the subject. This ability to recognise big and small concepts will help them improve their grades drastically. Secondary School Chemistry Chemistry is briefly introduced in the Lower Secondary Science Syllabus through chapters such as Chemical Changes and Model of Matter. Chemistry is only formally offered as a subject at the upper secondary level, as one of the three science specialisations. There are two main Chemistry syllabus on offer – Pure Chemistry or Combined Science (Chemistry). The former is for more academically inclined students as the examination is usually more rigorous. The latter, is a lighter version of the Pure syllabus, taken together with another science specialisation, such as Physics or Biology. Combined Science is considered as one subject although students study two science specialisations. O-Level Chemistry Secondary school culminates with the GCE O-Level examination. The Pure Chemistry syllabus consists of three papers, including one practical paper. Source: GCE O-Level Pure Chemistry Syllabus 2020 (Page 5) The subject content for Chemistry includes (1) Experimental Chemistry, (2) Atomic Structure and Stoichiometry, (3) Chemistry of Reaction, (4) Periodicity, (5) Atmosphere and (6) Organic Chemistry. With private Chemistry tuition, students will be able to master crucial themes and answer examination questions effectively. As Paper 2 carries half the overall percentage of the paper, it is important that students realise how to address the question and apply their knowledge in order to chalk up good marks. IGCSE Chemistry The IGCSE is seen as an alternative to the GCE O-Level examination. These examinations are equivalent academic qualifications offered by Cambridge University. As such, there is little difference between the two. IGCSE Chemistry requires candidates to sit for 3 papers – one MCQ paper, one theory paper and one practical paper. The subject content varies and there are different two syllabus types – Core and Extended. The former covers fundamental concepts while the latter is designed for the more academically able and leads to higher education or professional training. The assessment objectives include: (1) Knowledge with Understanding (2) Handling Information and Problem Solving and (3) Experimental Skills and Investigation. Source: IGCSE Chemistry Syllabus 2020 (Page 8) IB Chemistry The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is widely recognised and offered in schools like the School of The Arts (SoTA) and the Singapore Sports School. Students take Chemistry at either the Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL), the latter being catered to more academically able students. Students will sit for 3 papers and an internal assessment. The internal assessment allows for more flexibility and for students to develop an appreciation for the scientific endeavour. Source: IB Chemistry Syllabus (2016) (Page 169) The distribution of marks for IB Chemistry is evenly spread among its components. As such, students may pay equal attention to their theoretical and practical skills. In this regard, private Chemistry tuition can ensure that students perform well across all papers. IB Chemistry tuition is beneficial as it gives students much needed revision and practice, thereby familiarising themselves with content. A Chemistry tutor extends this knowledge, building their confidence in the subject. Junior College Chemistry At the Junior College level, students can choose from three Chemistry syllabus – H1, H2, H3. 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