JC1 H1 Chemistry Tuition

Issues faced by JC1 H1 chemistry students

Steep learning curve from secondary school to JC, many students unable to adjust quickly enough. Topics are linked together and failure to quickly adapt leads to accumulation of weak concepts that snowball, leading to the child being lost in many of the subsequent chapters.

Concepts are a lot more in-depth and require an excellent understanding of the subject matter in order to solve many of the harder application questions.
Students can no longer apply rote learning techniques which they picked up in secondary school. Besides knowing the key words to answer questions accurately, students must also be able to recognise the myriad of ways that a similar concept can be applied, especially for higher order thinking questions.

Students are also often careless when attempting MCQ questions and get tricked by common pitfalls placed by examiners to trap them when they do not have a firm grasp of the foundational concepts. They also exhibit poor time management, leading to insufficient time to complete the examination.

Syllabus outcomes

At A-Level, an in-depth study of the electronic structure of atoms provides the basis for the study of chemical bonding. At O-Level, students have been introduced to the fundamental idea that matter is made up of particles and the simple atomic model (electrons in discrete shells around a positively charged nucleus). The Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR) model is used to visualise the three-dimensional structure of molecules, which determines the type of interactions possible and also helps to explain the physical and chemical properties.

1. Atomic Structure

2. Chemical Bonding

Chemistry is about the study of matter, its interactions and transformations. At a macroscopic level, we observe matter and its interactions everywhere in our daily life. The submicroscopic level looks at the structure of matter that gives rise to these interactions. This allows students to apply the key ideas of conservation of matter and energy in the quantitative treatment of reactions such as stoichiometry and thermochemistry.

3. Mole Concept

4. Periodicity

Transformation of matter involves the study of the feasibility (energetics and kinetics considerations) and extent of chemical reactions (concept of equilibrium). The energetics dimension builds upon prior knowledge of thermochemistry, mainly enthalpy changes (∆H). The chemical kinetics facet of a reaction can be understood quantitatively by relating the rate of reaction to concentration of reactants. The qualitative aspect which deals with the factors affecting rate of reactions will be covered based on the collision theory.

5. Chemical Energetics

6. Reaction Kinetics

What we offer

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Practical training exercises

In-depth analysis of how examiners assess candidates so that our students can “hack” the system to score maximum marks.
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Proprietary lecture materials

Concise, top quality notes created by MOE curriculum leaders.
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Highly targeted tutorials

Thoughtfully crafted questions to scaffold students learning to ensure strong Chemistry foundation.
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One-stop dedicated student portal

Lesson recordings to allow students to easily recap important concepts right before examinations.
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Exclusive Assessment package

Specially curated questions that are constantly tested in ‘O’ Level examinations to ensure students have both the breadth and depth of experience.
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Free 1-1 consultations

Complimentary 1-1 coaching with our tutors ensure personalised attention for every student and ready access to clarification when needed.

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How are lessons like?

We will always start a chapter with a lecture. Notes will be handed out to students. Our notes are known to be top-notch – comprehensive, clear, concise and well structured. During the lecture, the emphasis is on content training and understanding of concepts.

Lessons are fun, engaging and inspiring. Misconceptions that have eluded you will be debunked; tips and tricks will be shared. Minimise your memory work, experience a quantum jump in your level of understanding, and most importantly, go home feeling satisfied and tons smarter. No one gets lost here.

We will follow up with a tutorial session to close the chapter. Tutorials are crucial in linking up theory and application. We will first look at worked examples to give you ideas on how to approach a question.

Do you offer online lessons?

We are redefining how Chemistry tuition lessons should be taught. Instead of simply seeing your child once a week for 2 hours, we endeavor to provide greater support for your child’s learning through closer guidance 2-3 times a week at no additional charge!

Adaptation and flexibility is the essence as we navigate through this new era of learning. In order to help your child more effectively, we are employing a 3-pronged approach:

1) Online content lessons (these are recorded as well to allow students to watch at this own time and pace)
2) Online consults
3) Physical consults

For students who prefer a more traditional approach, we have sessions with physical teaching as well.

What happens if I cannot make it for a lesson?

We offer multiple time slots for the same level within the same week. The lessons are repeated and exactly the same. No stress when you cannot make it for your usual slot, there is always a make-up class available for you.

Video-recorded lessons are also available for viewing for students who miss the entire week of lessons.

What happens if I join the class late and need help for topics that have already been covered?

We always have new students coming in who may need help for previously-taught chapters.
You can choose from either of the following:

  1. You may purchase our Chemistry Masterclass videos at a discounted rate, followed by a consultation session to clarify any questions that you may have.
  2. We will run crash courses every school holiday to readdress all the major chapters that were previously taught. You may want to attend the crash courses during the March, June and September school holidays to catch up on previously-taught chapters.