It’s the start of a new academic year so welcome back.
I get lots of questions about whether ChemRevise notes say everything that is needed to do well at A-level. I ought to point out when I originally wrote these notes they were aimed as brief revision notes for my own students. My expectation was that they had done two years of hard work, answering many questions and fully understood all that we have covered in class. They cannot be a replacement for this hard work. There is no quick route to success at A-level. These notes can make revision more manageable and they have been used successfully by many thousands of students.
I have more recently made detailed notes in the section called text book that could help deepen your understanding. Some of these chapters have questions.
I hope you have a good year.
I had a bit of a spurt of effort on my e-text book project over Easter and it is now all in the same format. It is very much an ongoing project though. At the moment it as an amalgamation of all the written material I have consolidated from various sources of mine. It is not therefore syllabus specific. Some material may be the same as what is on the revision guides. Some has more extensive explanations or I have tried to look at things from a different angle. Some material is also extension to A-level. Over time I will add to the explanations to turn the revision guide bits into something more detailed. I will also add to the questions that appear in some chapters.
There are two completely new sets of guides. One for CIE (Cambridge International Assessments) and one for international Edexcel. They have both been written for the new syllabi. So if you are taking exams in 2018 they may not be an exact match. Changes are relatively minor though. They are very different syllabi so make sure you revise the right one.
I have said I was not going to produce a practical revision guide. My own pupils have persuaded me of the case to do something though.
I have taken existing relevant notes and arranged them in basic order of syllabus/required practicals. In addition I have added more detailed descriptions of the methods for the various practicals.
I have also added practicals that are not required but I think are important to know.
I have not necessarily used the exact ‘exam board’ methods.
There is an AQA Practical Guide -aqa
An OCR Practical Guide OCR version.
An edexcel Practical Guide Edexcel version
There are quite a few updates to various A-level guides just uploaded. I have labelled the updated files. They are mostly minor changes. Good luck with the revision for this year’s exams.
I have quite significantly enlarged the guides for the calculation topics for the AQA, OCR and Edexcel. It is mostly more worked examples of different sorts of possible calculations.
These are the updated files
AQA 1.2 revision guide calculations
OCR 2.1.3 amount of substance
OCR 2.1.4 acids
Edexcel 5. formulae equations and amount
If you are looking for questions to do you will find them on the text book page
I have put together a set of revision guides for the 2018 new AQA GCSE chemistry. They are in syllabus order, which is not the order I teach the course but when it comes to final revision will be the most useful order. It is very much a first draft for these and no doubt they will change over time. Find the page here