Out of 30 interviewees, only 1 JC chemistry tutor is chosen. Though the subject is newly added to PMC’s curriculum, we maintain our standards where our tutors have to be trained for months before they can lead a class on their own. Rest assured, our Chemistry classes lay a good foundation for the national examinations. Our Chemistry tutors come together weekly to brainstorm and prepare for classes of the week so that everyone is on the same pace.
Here’s a sneak peek of our Chemistry class by Ms Kelly, editor and head of JC Chemistry is one of the popular tutors in PMC. All her JC Chemistry classes reach the maximum of 10 students! Ms Kelly witness how her students are able to handle A-level questions that are twigged since many recent A-level questions are no longer straightforward and repetitive. Striking a good balance between concept understanding and problem solving skillset in her decade of experience, Ms Kelly’s students never find it too difficult to achieve their distinction.
PMC tutors explain concepts in simple and detailed yet in-depth details. We don’t need to use big words to “wow” or bore you. We ensure that you enjoy the classes, look forward to it and have a sense of redemption when you see your results that you, yourself and people around you will be proud of. Rumours have it that visual learners tend to fare better in Chemistry. PMC’s unique teaching method ensures that even students who learn differently will be grasp concepts well. We deserve the bragging rights, no?
You’ve probably had your parents telling you to not to hang out with the wrong people because you’ll get influenced. It’s true because of the kind of conversations we engage in and behaviours we’re exposed to while with friends. Therefore at PMC, students are surrounded with positive and encouraging influences. Even if it’s on site or online at the comfort of home, our students don’t slack behind and remain focused. When one can understand a topic or a subject, the love and confidence for the subject will grow on them.
We’ve alternative programmes like Gold Class and Digital Membership, all of which are designed as a support system for good students who want to do better and be the best. Our JC and secondary Chemistry tutors don’t teach students to memorise reactions and formulas, we hone their problem solving and application skills so that they’ll be trained to almost “automatically” know as soon as they can identify the key words used.
Instead of using bulky A4-sized lecture notes to help students recall Chemistry concepts, we make use of small yet handy cue cards to help students revise better. These flashcards contain both question and answers back to back for quick and efficient revision. The important topics and concepts are condensed into digestible bite-sized bits so that it’s easier for students to comprehend.
Even J2 students tend to struggle with these hard-to-grasp topics. The Chem Café has nicely summarized content into tables and flashcards for easy visual reference. Students will be able to effectively learn definitions and concepts concurrently – which is essential for strengthening their Chemistry foundation. Whether it is kinetic or equilibrium, we’ve got you covered.
Apart from Organic Chemistry, The Periodic Table is another major chapter which involves a lot of intensive memory-work. Our notes are structured in such a way that at one glance, students can easily recall the structure, bonding, equation and nature (pH) of elements and compounds.
At The Chem Café, we equip students with skills to tackle questions that help students move from B or C to A. Additional lessons are conducted every year to dedicate time for the review of challenging questions. Not only do students learn the various methods to solve such questions, they also learn how to clearly see the links between different chapters.
Our tutors do not have conflicting teaching styles. We prepare, review, and update our worksheets thoroughly for our community of over 1000 students. PMC JC Chemistry tutors have structured lessons planned carefully with the majority of students’ needs in mind.
In this lesson, our JC1 Chemistry tutor goes through the rules of thumb for assigning and calculating oxidation states. The lesson also touched on balancing half-equations using the AOHE technique, and redox titration.
Our tutor goes through how to deduce the polarity of molecules based on presence of polar bonds and shape of molecules, and also strategy to tackle questions on melting and boiling point.
For this lesson, one of the key concepts touched on is dilution of solution to make standard solutions using volumetric flask. Our students also learnt how to calculate molecular formula of hydrocarbon using combustion data.
During this lesson, we recall the structure of an atom and use of chemical symbol, nuclide notation to find the respective number of subatomic particles, and the behaviour of particles in electric field.
Many variables affect the rate of reaction. Exam questions like to focus on such concept points and our tutor goes through the steps of deriving the answers.
You can derive rate constants from concentration graphs to know more about the chemical reaction. The tutor explains more during the lesson by going through an example JC question.