igcse chemistry online course
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At Priority Learning we run our main IGCSE chemistry course over 2 years. Most importantly we have interactive live lessons through bitpaper so the students can ask questions in class and are actively engaged with learning. We do this to ensure we get to know all the students individually and spend time understanding how they learn. Two years gives us plenty of time to identify areas of weakness for each individual student and along with our drop in sessions, set student specific homework as well as group homework.
We push all our students to achieve high grades, at Priority Learning we are firm believers that hard work pays off and we push our students to work hard. IGCSE’s set students up for A-levels which set students up for university so a very strong foundation in their chemistry knowledge is crucial to a prosperous academic journey. We set homework in the style of exams style questions to ensure students get used to this style of question early. We focus on scientific writing skills right from the start of the course, some people refer to this as “exam technique”, but if scientific writing is taught correctly there is no such thing as exam technique, only good and bad scientific writing. We do set a lot of homework with deadlines and expect it all to be completed on time, if homework is late it will recieve a 50% grade penalty.
We have 2 drop in sessions per week, Mondays 10-11am and Thursdays 10am-11am, this allows students 5-15 mintues (depending on how busy the drop ins are) 1:1 time with their tutor so if they need help on homework or a concept explaining again they can get that 1:1 help without needing to book private lessons, it’s all included in the price.
Please note we cannot organise exams for any students, this is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Lesson time: Thursday
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Who is the course for?
Any students with a background in KS3 chemistry, a passion for learning about science and wanting to take their Chemistry IGCSE in summer 2023.
The first part of the course covers the following topics, states of matter, elements, compounds and mixtures, atomic structure, the periodic table and an introduction to chemical formulae, equations and calculations with a test in week 6 on all these topics.
- 5 lessons + 1 Test.
- 9th September – 21st October inclusive.
- 26th-30th October half term.
The second part of first year extends on the material learned for chemical formulae, equations and calculations and includes the new topics of, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, metallic bonding and electrolysis with a test in the final week.
- 5 lessons + 1 test (the main part of this test will be on forces and motion, but there will be some energy questions to test retention of energy knowledge).
- 4th November – 9th December inclusive.
- Christmas Holidays 14th December – 1st January.
In the second term we learn about the alkali metals, the halogens, the atmosphere and the reactivity series.
- 5 lessons + 1 test.
- 6th January – 10th February inclusive.
- 15th-19th February half term.
In this part of the course we learn about the extraction and uses of metals, acids, alkalis and titrations, acids, bases and salt preparations and chemical tests.
Students will be expected to revise all parts of the course over the Easter Break.
- 5 lessons + no test.
- 24th February – 24th March inclusive.
- 29th March – 9th April Easter break.
We will use the first part of this term to go over any topics the students want to go over again, and learn any topics we have not had time for if need be.
- 6 lessons no test.
- 14th April – 19th May inclusive.
- 24th May- 7th June long half term (they’ll need it for mock revision).
The lesson on the 9th of June we will have our first mock exam, 16th will be the paper review, 23rd another mock exam and the 30th the review for that paper. I like to finish a few weeks ahead of schools so you still get a chance to go on holiday while it’s cheap. And by this point we will have covered more than half the course so we’re in a great position for September.
We start off the new academic year learning about energetics, rates of reaction, reversible reactions and equilibria.
- 6 lessons + 1 end of topic test.
- 8th September – 20th October inclusive.
- 25th-29th October half term.
Arguably the nicest part of the course. Here we learn about the alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, carboxylic acids, esters and synthetic polymers.
5 lessons + 1 end of topic test.
- 3rd November – 8th December inclusive.
- 8th December – 9th January Christmas holidays.
The 12th and 19th will both be revision weeks, we’ll then have a full mock exam for paper 1 on the 26th and paper 2 on the 2nd of February, the 9th of February lesson will be reviewing the papers.
- 2 revision lessons + 2 tests and a paper review.
- 12th January – 9th February inclusive.
- 14th February – 18th February half term.
- Student lead work.
- 23rd February – 30th March inclusive.
- 4th February – 24th April Easter Holiday.
We have a long Easter break so students can apply all the revision tips and strategies they have learned in the course to their own personal revision. We are having a 3 week Easter break rather than 2 weeks, to give students that need their own revision space the time they need. I may well run optional revision booster sessions in the third week if enough students want it, though this is separate to the course and an optional extra. The lessons we do have after Easter will be going through past papers on the topics the group has found hardest to ensure they have the best chance of acheiving the most marks possible in their exams. Please note I cannot organise exams for any students, this is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.