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How do you find A2 Chemistry?

What sort of questions do you find it hard to answer?


I am speaking about OCR Chemistry to be specific, but same questions apply to any other board. I was wondering if there is any good book with questions and answers. Do you think it would help to buy any such book and do those questions?

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(Original post by sgulmedic)
Hi guys,

How do you find A2 Chemistry?

What sort of questions do you find it hard to answer?


I am speaking about OCR Chemistry to be specific, but same questions apply to any other board. I was wondering if there is any good book with questions and answers. Do you think it would help to buy any such book and do those questions?

Cheers
Are you doing salters or chemistry A?
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I did CCEA chemistry.

I would recommend buying the books related to the subject, and as I struggled with calculations at the start I bought the AS/A level calculations book and it helped a lot.

For some people A2 makes AS more understandable as it's more in depth, there are a few topics that are a bit of a pain to learn, I personally hated Amines. But you get some nice topics, I really enjoyed transition metals and amides, organic chemistry can be quite nice or really mean

It's really just down to loads of practice. The practicals are great fun too, but I usually found calculations/some organic to be quite hard.
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I finished A2 Edexcel Chemistry this year, and have to say it was LOADS better than AS.

I swear I almost died of boredom after AS - generic principles, solubilities etc., but A2 brought out the interesting applied Chemistry, like Cell Electropotentials and Nitrogen Chemistry; even the practicals were more interesting.

The downside is A2 is MUCH harder :mad:, but almost everything is repetitive, like the cyanide-aldehyde mechanism to produce a 2-hydroxy-nitrile. Work hard at it though and you'll bag a decent grade!

The calculations can be awful sometimes, so watch out for those. And Edexcel in particular has a habit of making the 90% of the paper into the horrific 'suggest' questions; these require a higher level of thinking to excel.

Best of luck.
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