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Is AS chemistry tough? And what chapters should I keep an eye out for?
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Yes, yes it is!

I did triple science at GCSE so studied chemistry alone (putting me in a better position this year) and comfortably got an a* with full marks in two of my exams but it is still very difficult. It is by far the most work of any of my subjects and whilst it is really interesting some of it takes a lot of extra work to get your head around.

If you're going to take it make sure you enjoy it and it isn't a place filler because you'll hate it!!


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Is AS chemistry tough? And what chapters should I keep an eye out for?
well at GCSE i really enjoyed chemistry and in the end I got a A in core and B in additional. i really wanted to take chemistry at a-level but my teacher said that i wasn't good enough and i also attended a taster lesson, which was very interesting but i think that it would be quite hard so if you do chose to do it i would say to revise over the summer and to research on some of the topics


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Is AS chemistry tough? And what chapters should I keep an eye out for?
To be honest I think it depends on the exam board, I hear OCR is the most difficult. I got an A at GCSE and I'm doing AQA AS Chemistry and I think it's not very hard as long as you keep up with the workload. The only chapter I struggled a bit on was Redox Reactions.

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Chemistry is the AS I find by a mile the most difficult, out of Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. Don't get me wrong, I really love it, but I think conceptually it's a lot more difficult than the others. It's a massive step up from GCSE. I personally find the halogens chapter the most irritating, not because of the content but because of the exam questions.
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Chemistry AS is probably the easiest out of the 3 sciences.
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Chemistry AS is probably the easiest out of the 3 sciences.
Are you joking!? I do biology as well and it's like easily half the difficulty of OCR chem!


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OCR B salters, easiest subject I do tbh
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OCR B salters, easiest subject I do tbh
Err dude have you done F336 coursework, it's a right pain, took me ages. Plus all the questions in the papers are completely deceiving, OCR B is notoriously hard!
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Err dude have you done F336 coursework, it's a right pain, took me ages. Plus all the questions in the papers are completely deceiving, OCR B is notoriously hard!
OP asking about AS chemistry, I appreciate it gets harder at A2 but that's not the question the OP asked
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Can we please get back to the initial topic? :confused:

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Are you joking!? I do biology as well and it's like easily half the difficulty of OCR chem!


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I do bio as well, for chemistry the concepts at AS are all simple, so once you understand the concept of 1 topic you can basically do any question related to that topic
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I do bio as well, for chemistry the concepts at AS are all simple, so once you understand the concept of 1 topic you can basically do any question related to that topic
Well for my exam board the exam q's are really specific, like you have to learn sections of mark scheme. Bio is just learning processes, chemistry is all about application and reading into the question. Getting the marks in the exam requires a lot more than just understanding the concepts.


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OCR A Chemistry is actually really tough (maybe even the hardest?) but it's all possible as long as you put in the work/effort. It requires more understanding, practise and application rather than just memorising blocks of text (like some of my other subjects). It depends somewhat on your exam board though, so who knows
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I do edexcel chemistry and it is really hard at first to know what the examiners looking for plus there're quite a few tricky concepts that you need to grasp.
With that said, it's also incredibly interesting and if you put in the work during the year, do the past papers and read the examiners reports, you could get a good grade in it.
You seem to enjoy chemistry and that will probably help during the more laborious topics!
Best of luck


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(Original post by Treeniebop)
Well for my exam board the exam q's are really specific, like you have to learn sections of mark scheme. Bio is just learning processes, chemistry is all about application and reading into the question. Getting the marks in the exam requires a lot more than just understanding the concepts.


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Nope, for things like radical substitution, electrophilic addition etc... the answers are always the same except for the molecules used. You somewhat don't even need to understand the concept, just need to memorise how to these and apply it to the questions
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Nope, for things like radical substitution, electrophilic addition etc... the answers are always the same except for the molecules used. You somewhat don't even need to understand the concept, just need to memorise how to these and apply it to the questions
But it's the memorising which is much harder. If yo understand a concept then you can apply it to any situation, if you've learnt a mark scheme and they ask about it in a slightly different way then your stuck.


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