A2 Chemistry Dilema Watch

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So heres the thing, I am planning on re-sitting chemistry A Level as I received a C in August this year. The problem is, at my sixth-form, though they will allow me to retake the exams, I cannot attend the school for lessons etc. So, I have applied to take the exams at the school, and the school assumes I will be doing sole study by myself at home.

The problem is, though I can do this, I still think I need some sort or guidence in chemistry. My parents have suggested a private tutor, and though I will probably take this up, this will be no substitute for a full time teacher.

Now here is where I have the dilema, a college near me will allow me to enrol to do a fast track A Level course in one year, both AS and A2. The problem is, it is a different exam board from my schools one. I am thinking of using this college to give me tuition, and then at the last minute I would drop out so I wouldn't be taking the exams on that exam board.

Is it right for me to do this? Is there anything I should consider?
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So heres the thing, I am planning on re-sitting chemistry A Level as I received a C in August this year. The problem is, at my sixth-form, though they will allow me to retake the exams, I cannot attend the school for lessons etc. So, I have applied to take the exams at the school, and the school assumes I will be doing sole study by myself at home.

The problem is, though I can do this, I still think I need some sort or guidence in chemistry. My parents have suggested a private tutor, and though I will probably take this up, this will be no substitute for a full time teacher.

Now here is where I have the dilema, a college near me will allow me to enrol to do a fast track A Level course in one year, both AS and A2. The problem is, it is a different exam board from my schools one. I am thinking of using this college to give me tuition, and then at the last minute I would drop out so I wouldn't be taking the exams on that exam board.

Is it right for me to do this? Is there anything I should consider?
make sure you have a copy of the syllabus for your exam board. Although the content of the course will probably be the same the empahsis might be different. Personally I would think that a personal tutor would be a better bet than studying for the wrong exam! Personal tuition goes at your pace so you might find you get more out of it, even though it is a shorter time.
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make sure you have a copy of the syllabus for your exam board. Although the content of the course will probably be the same the empahsis might be different. Personally I would think that a personal tutor would be a better bet than studying for the wrong exam! Personal tuition goes at your pace so you might find you get more out of it, even though it is a shorter time.
The two exam boards are similar, Edexcel and OCR, so course content shouldn't really be a problem, and at that, I could simply selectively learn in depth what I chose is appropriate to my exam board.

The problems with a tutor are that though it would be better, and more logical, to have one, I would need several hours teaching a week, for it to be of any use. At £35 an hour this will become quite costly.
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The problems with a tutor are that though it would be better, and more logical, to have one, I would need several hours teaching a week, for it to be of any use. At £35 an hour this will become quite costly.
Do you live near a university, If you do you can get a student to teach you for less than that - even a postgrad (well I'd do it for less).
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Do you live near a university, If you do you can get a student to teach you for less than that - even a postgrad (well I'd do it for less).
No, I live in suburbia. :eek:
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No, I live in suburbia. :eek:
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could anyone help me on balancing the chemical formula of making potassium hydrogen sulphate

H2SO4 + KI --------> K HSO4 + I + H2O +H2S

please reply bakc quickly.

thanx to whom would like to help.
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are u sure you don;t get I2 not just I? this is AQA AS mod 2 stuff?
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So heres the thing, I am planning on re-sitting chemistry A Level as I received a C in August this year. The problem is, at my sixth-form, though they will allow me to retake the exams, I cannot attend the school for lessons etc. So, I have applied to take the exams at the school, and the school assumes I will be doing sole study by myself at home.

The problem is, though I can do this, I still think I need some sort or guidence in chemistry. My parents have suggested a private tutor, and though I will probably take this up, this will be no substitute for a full time teacher.

Now here is where I have the dilema, a college near me will allow me to enrol to do a fast track A Level course in one year, both AS and A2. The problem is, it is a different exam board from my schools one. I am thinking of using this college to give me tuition, and then at the last minute I would drop out so I wouldn't be taking the exams on that exam board.

Is it right for me to do this? Is there anything I should consider?
First of all, do think why you got a C in your result..Was it coz of your teacher?or was it your own schedule mis-management?
It's not a problem you can go anywhere you would like to but do see what whent wrong in your previous examination and dont go round in circles doing the same thing and ending up with the same result as ever..Do YOU need lessons?Why? WHAT Went wrong...?If it were for me, I would have made a check on everything before deciding where i want to go for my exams and all that...
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could anyone help me on balancing the chemical formula of making potassium hydrogen sulphate

H2SO4 + KI --------> K HSO4 + I + H2O +H2S

please reply bakc quickly.

thanx to whom would like to help.
hmm you should make a new thread!
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So heres the thing, I am planning on re-sitting chemistry A Level as I received a C in August this year. The problem is, at my sixth-form, though they will allow me to retake the exams, I cannot attend the school for lessons etc. So, I have applied to take the exams at the school, and the school assumes I will be doing sole study by myself at home.

The problem is, though I can do this, I still think I need some sort or guidence in chemistry. My parents have suggested a private tutor, and though I will probably take this up, this will be no substitute for a full time teacher.

Now here is where I have the dilema, a college near me will allow me to enrol to do a fast track A Level course in one year, both AS and A2. The problem is, it is a different exam board from my schools one. I am thinking of using this college to give me tuition, and then at the last minute I would drop out so I wouldn't be taking the exams on that exam board.

Is it right for me to do this? Is there anything I should consider?

Sorry i missed this, last year i was in a similar situation. I did OCR Salters and got an E. I re-enrolled at college doing AS/A2 in a year with a different exam board. I managed to go from an E to a C despite being in hospital during the year and i had a private tutor. I had a copy of the syllabus and ticked it off as i went along. It helped me a lot.
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(Original post by Mad Caddie)
So heres the thing, I am planning on re-sitting chemistry A Level as I received a C in August this year. The problem is, at my sixth-form, though they will allow me to retake the exams, I cannot attend the school for lessons etc. So, I have applied to take the exams at the school, and the school assumes I will be doing sole study by myself at home.

The problem is, though I can do this, I still think I need some sort or guidence in chemistry. My parents have suggested a private tutor, and though I will probably take this up, this will be no substitute for a full time teacher.

Now here is where I have the dilema, a college near me will allow me to enrol to do a fast track A Level course in one year, both AS and A2. The problem is, it is a different exam board from my schools one. I am thinking of using this college to give me tuition, and then at the last minute I would drop out so I wouldn't be taking the exams on that exam board.

Is it right for me to do this? Is there anything I should consider?
why won't a personal tutor be as good as a full time teacher? you don't have 35 hours a week of chemistry at school anyway. tutoring is one on one. ask your school who they recommend and maybe have a trial session with a tutor to see how you get on. if you still think you need lessons then see the college.
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