Leaving Cert Chemistry Higher Revision Course
Each student will receive more than six hours of expert classroom tuition either in daily classes of 75 minutes over the course of a week in Dundrum or in a block of five 75 minute classes over the course of one full-day in Dundrum or Dublin 2. Students will also receive our exclusive Ashfield College Study Manual.
Students will be given access to a large amount of extra revision material, which will be of great use in preparing for the exam.
The topics covered during the course will be taken from the following:
- Exam Technique
Planning a strategy to attack the paper and giving the required amount of pertinent details in the answer. What topics are the most important when revising and how to answer the questions in the best manner. Revision and learning techniques will also be covered.
- Atomic Structure and Periodic Table
The history of the development of the Periodic Table and those involved. Details of Atomic structure and how this developed. Line emission spectra and radioactivity will also be included. This topic accounts for at least 1.5 questions in the exam.
Chemical calculations were worth 37% in last year’s exam and it is likely that this topic will become more and more important.
- Organic Chemistry (Theory & Practical)
This topic will account for three or more questions out of eight in the exam. At least one will be on practical organic chemistry. It is therefore a vital topic to cover in detail.
This is always the first question in Section one of the exam where students must do two out of the three questions in this section. Being able to answer this question properly can get the student off to a good start. The question will be analysed and common errors discussed.
Chemical equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s Principle comes up every year and can be mastered with practice once the basics are grasped.
- Fuels & Thermochemistry
Peter J Jackson BSc (Hons), HDip Ed(Hons), MIBI, MRSC, MICI
The teacher, Peter Jackson, has been providing revision courses of the highest calibre for over 30 years. The experience he has gained over that time will prove invaluable to students preparing for the June exams.
The Higher Level Chemistry exam is on of the most challenging because it requires not just learning the subject matter but a developing good understanding of it, and the ability to manipulate several variables at one time. It demands a great deal of higher level thinking if one is to achieve the highest grade.
Peter’s presentations have been used as exemplars of the use of PowerPoint in teaching chemistry at several Chemistry Conferences over the years. His use of animations to illustrate and explain complex theoretical concepts makes it easier to understand these topics.
He is involved in the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) travelling the country teaching teachers about the best ways to teach chemistry. He has written a revision book for Leaving Certificate Chemistry (Essentials Unfolded Chemistry published by Celtic Press).
Peter’s experience will give the students a clear insight into the way the exam is marked and enable them to avoid the pitfalls that many students fall into. This will enable them to attain their full potential.