G.C.S.E to A level chemistry is mostly recall. Ergo I will not be looking to "teach" understanding if all the student is lookng for is a mediocre grade.
High grade A level and University require fundamental understanding of principles both in and outside of strict syllabus of a exam board.
Depending on the student priorities a number of approaches are taken. Personally I found application the most difficult, as I am sure most students post G.C.S.E do.
First an Inital background on core principle is key to a good grade and importantly understanding. Since chemistry is application of principles, especially in organic chemistry. A student must learn why, so constant focus on why the student is learning a certain reaction mechanism and why it is proceeding will give the student the tools necessary to excel in the specific area.
More detail can be elaborated on if the student wishes, and I recommend as I my personal opinion prior to university, parts of the syllabus are just plain wrong and understanding on why they are wrong will better enable the student to easily answer exam questions.
I am a chemistry graduate just finishing a 3 year B.s.c course in chemistry. Looking to study postgraduate in material chemistry. I have limited experience in upward learning during my dissertation (teaching P.H.D students on specific aspects of specialised equipment and chemistry).
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