Chemistry tutoring - year 12

HSC Chemistry Tutors

We run HSC Chemistry class each week. The class is 2 hours and we cover a small section of the syllabus each week.

See our class timetable for exact times. 

Our HSC Chemistry course also includes regular revision classes at the end of every module, as well as before major assessment periods such as the half yearlies and HSC trial exams. 

Homework is provided each week to reinforce the content covered in class. All submitted homework is marked and returned to the student the following week with full comments on each question where they did not achieve full marks.

Schedule
  • Term 4 (after end of year 11): Production of Materials and The Acidic Environment
  • Term 1: The Acidic Environment
  • Term 2: Chemical Monitoring & Management and Option topic
  • Term 3: Option topic and entire course revision before HSC exams

Dux College offers the following Option topics for Term 4:

  • Shipwrecks & Salvage
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Art
An exact week to week schedule cannot be published because we maintain flexibility over the pace we go at. The pace we maintain is adjusted to the ability of the class, however we do roughly finish the entire course by early term 3, leaving the rest of term 3 for revising the entire course and focusing on perfecting exam technique.
 
The Classes

We maintain an open class environment that encourages students to ask questions and participate in class discussions. Student interaction is an essential part of the learning process and we make sure all students feel included in the class environment, such that they aren't hesitant to ask questions when they encounter difficulty. 

Content is always taught from first-principles with a strong emphasis on understanding underlying mechanisms and concepts. Our teachers take a holistic approach in viewing the syllabus, and we draw links to the real world or greater implications and relevance to get students to appreciate the importance of what they are learning.

First-hand Investigations and Practical Skills

We do live-demonstrations in class for important first-hand investigation dot-points so students don't miss out on these important syllabus dot-points that will be assessed in practical exams. Our teachers will show students the most accurate / best practice methods to properly conduct a titration or qualitative ion test. Students are also shown the most common sources of error and what safety issues need to be identified so that HSC exam questions dealing with experiments will be easy.

For the core modules of HSC Chemistry, some of the pracs we do in class are:

  • Constructing a galvanic cell
  • Preparing and using a natural indicator
  • Titration and back titration
  • Anion and Cation identification
  • Water quality testing and assessment
These are the main ones that are most likely to come up in practical exams, but we also cover other less likely ones. There are also practicals we cover in the option topics but are not listed here.
 
Course Materials

Each week, students receive a booklet that summarises all of the content covered in that week's class in a succinct and structured way. These notes are carefully designed with exam-preparation in mind, and sets out exactly what the students need to know in order to do well in exams. While in class, the teacher may cover the necessary background information or incidental concepts necessary for a more whole understanding of a concept, the course materials summarise and reiterate this in a succinct and precisely exam-relevant form. 

The weekly booklet will also have a homework section which contains questions covering all the dot-points covered in that week. The questions are laid out in HSC exam format, complete with the amount of marks each question is worth. We assign marks in the same way as a HSC exam would, so students get a feel of how to structure their responses to the marking criteria they will be assessed against.

All homework is marked according to a marking criteria, so teachers can explain to students the exact break-down of the marks allocation and give accurate feedback for improvement.

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