The topics covered in this course are examined on paper 1 of both OCR and AQA AS Level chemistry. The content focuses on topics that we know feature heavily on examinations, or are often poorly understood. All relevant practical activities are also explored for each of the topics covered.
Structure of the Day
The workshop is delivered across two sessions, with a break for refreshments. Each session starts with a short presentation highlighting all the key content, followed by small group sessions where students can practise applying their knowledge to exam style situations. This format allows students to refresh their knowledge before testing it, and offers students the opportunity to ask questions in smaller groups as they work through the topics. Students can also chose to focus on their own weaknesses. We build time into the day for students to ask questions on a one to one basis, this is to ensure that students leave us with a thorough understanding of the topics studied.
A detailed break down of the day and the topics covered in each session is given below. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us.
Please note: students who book both the morning and afternoon sessions of the same day will receive a complimentary buffet style lunch.
Central Teaching Laboratories
University of Liverpool
9.15am –Registration and welcome
9.45 am – Session 1: Atomic structure, mass spec, periodicity and groups 2/7
11 am – Break (tutors available for individual questions)
11.15 am – Session 2: Bonding, equilibrium and redox
12.30 pm – End of morning sessions (tutors available for individual questions)
This session focuses on building on students understanding of the fundamental concepts of atomic structure and links this in with TOF spectrometry, which is new for the updated syllabus. The key concepts of periodicity and groups 2/7 are summarised to help students learn the content more efficiently, and they will then practise applying this knowledge to examination style questions.
In this session the key ideas in equilibrium and redox are highlighted, including equilibrium amounts, Kc calculations, oxidation states and half equations. The bonding aspect of this session focuses on ensuring the correct wording is used for examination responses, and common mistakes are highlighted to prevent students negating good responses with chemical errors.