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At the moment, the Search Engine will search all of my websites so expect most hits to be for the older version of my website until I have completely transferred all the resources over.
I'm presently writing Topic 5 - Calculations and Topic 6 - Acids and Bases (working titles, may change).
At that point I'll be rebranding the App as N5ChemTutor1 and will start charging a modest fee for the App. If I achieve sufficient sales, then I will be able to start on N5ChemTutor2.
N5ChemTutor App (1.4.1) is under review and should appear on App store in next few days.
This included Topic 4 - Structure & Bonding
Good luck to those sitting Chemistry Exams on 8th May!
N5ChemTutor App (1.3.1) was launched on App store.
This included Topic 3 - Formula & Equation Writing
N5ChemTutor App (1.2.1) was launched on App store.
This included Topic 2 - Atomic Structure and Nuclear Chemistry
N5ChemTutor App (1.1.3) was launched on App store.
This included Topic 1 - Reaction Rates and Investigation Skills
CfE New Higher Update 50
I've (belatedly) updated the Data Book link to download the most recent version (Sept 2016).
Only 3 changes, none of which are particularly relevant to the Higher candidates.
CfE New Higher Update 49
Added this years papers to the Past Papers page.
CfE New Higher Update 49
Produced an A5 booklet that details the Unit 2 Key Areas.
Unit 2 Key Areas.pdf
CfE New Higher Update 48
Been putting finishing touches to final part of Unit 2 - Nature's Chemistry. Basically same Unit that I wrote last year, but tidied up into 2 Topics and a few mistakes spotted and corrected.
However, had a litte 'spare' time, so managed to produce an Answer booklet for Self-Check and Home Practice questions.
Topic 6 Pupil Notes
Topic 6 Completed Notes
Topic 6 Answers
CfE New Higher Update 47
Been struggling to put together all the resources I need for Researching Chemistry and, whilst still not completely finished, I've reached the stage where I'm getting it all organised in one place.
Researching Chemistry 2016
Need to finish off last few pages in Pupil Guide and add some Links for Underlying Chemistry which I should do over next few weeks.
CfE New Higher Update 46
Last year the Organic Unit was very much written 'on the hoof'. Taking the opportunity, this year, to slightly reorder things - in particular, I wanted Antioxidants earlier to help prepare for Researching Chemistry tasks.
In Topic 5 I'm indulging my need to teach Organic in a systematic way (using naming as an excuse to revise previous knowledge and introduce some of the new families) moving on to Oxidation reactions and Antioxidants.
Hope to finish this off soon by writing a booklet with Answers to all the questions in the Study Guide.
New Topic 5 Study Guide
New Topic 5 Notes
New Topic 5 Completed
CfE New Higher Update 45
Few errors in Mark Scheme, mainly due to changes in enthalpy values in the data book. Sorted now and all of the previous links will load the new corrected version.
Topic 4.1 Test 2015
Topic 4.1 Test 2015 MI
CfE New Higher Update 44
CfE New Higher Update 43
CfE New Higher Update 42
Digitised my mark scheme for my Topic 3 Test, Equilibrium & Industrial Chemistry. Usual password.
Topic 3 Test Mark Scheme
CfE New Higher Update 41
Oops. Should have looked more closely at the Hess's Law questions I found. Turned out to be trickier than normal Higher questions. Quite good fun though.
However, I've spent the evening extracting questions from SQA papers to give my pupils a more realistic set of questions.
SQA Hess's Law Questions
Harder Hess's Law Questions
CfE New Higher Update 40
Working through Unit 3 and thought I'd post 3 sets of questions I'm finding useful. None are of my own making - one is simply the LTS Bond Enthalpy questions shortened to 8 pages to make an A5 booklet.
Percentage Yield Atom Economy Questions
Bond Enthalpy Questions
Hess's Law Questions
CfE New Higher Update 39
Added the 2015 Papers to the Past Papers page.
CfE New Higher Update 38
ChemFlashcards App is now available on Apple Store costing $2.99 (£2.29) with (I believe) Educational discount available (I ticked the box but don't know the details.)
ChemFlashCards for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Paper Version of Revision Cards
CfE New Higher Update 37
Most summers I try and do something 'new and different' before I return to the slog of preparing new courses. This year I thought I'd try and make an iphone/ipad app.
Preview Version of Revision App
Paper Version of Revision Cards
CfE New Higher Update 36
Completed a Mark Scheme for the Topic 2 Test (Reaction Rates). Usual password.
Topic2 Test MI
CfE New Higher Update 35
Accidentally used some questions from my Test in the Consolidation Questions, therefore I've added two new questions to the Topic Test / Mark Scheme. Usual password.
New Topic 1 Test.
New Topic 1 Test Mark Scheme
CfE New Higher Update 34
Completed a booklet with answers to Self-Checks, Home Practice & Consolidation Questions for Topic 1.
Topic 1 Answers
CfE New Higher Update 33
Finished Notes. Many thanks to Campbeltown Grammar School whose Key Area Learning Outcomes I've used. Both the Study Guide & the Notes are designed to be printed as A5 Booklets.
CfE New Higher Update 32
Didn't have time to write a Study Guide for Topic 1 last year. It's allowed me to add a few 'extras' and tweak a few things to match better with some things in later Topics.
It will require a modified set of Notes which should be completed soon. Pupils preferred Self-Checks etc to be included in Notes which I'm doing. Should also be able to produce booklet of Answers as well.All by start of new time-table on Monday!
New Topic1_Study Guide
CfE New Higher Update 31
Finally finished writing Part 4 (50 pages !) of my notes for Unit 2. One week until easter holidays to teach the last 20 pages. No Study Guide until next year. Big files so be patient.
Unit 2 Pupil Notes Part 4
Unit 2 Pupil Notes Part 4 Completed
CfE New Higher Update 30
CfE New Higher Update 29
I'd posted my 2015 Prelim to help my pupils with planning how to improve!
CfE New Higher Update 28
CfE New Higher Update 27
Been teaching Part 3 of the Organic Unit for a week now, but only just finished the Study Guide. Pupil Notes will be added soon.
I've also been sitting on the RSC - Heston Blumenthal Videos on Kitchen Chemistry but have now posted them onto a web page that will eventually host all the other Media files I'll use during Unit 2.
Study Guide 3
Higher Unit 2 Media
CfE New Higher Update 26
Started teaching Unit today and discovered that the reactions from N5 that I'd been getting my pupils to 'revisit' (pages 3 -6 ) had molecular formulae instead of the shortened structural formulae I'd intended. Sorted.
Notes Part 1
Notes Part 1 Completed
CfE New Higher Update 25
Having done so much work over the Summer, I'd expected to have had time to write my 3rd Unit - Nature's Chemistry - ages ago. Unfortunately not. Now reduced to trying to produce interim packages fast enough to stay one step ahead of my classes.
Finished the first two of these. Non-consummable Study Guides (including questions) which I print as A5 booklets, along with sets of Pupil Notes. No Answers.
Study Guide 1
Notes Part 1
Notes Part 1 Completed
Study Guide 2
Notes Part 2
Notes Part 2 Completed
CfE New Higher Update 24
Limping towards starting Researching Chemistry as a prep for the Assignment. Added some Media links gathered by Peter & Nicola for our pupils to use when researching. Added to the Sidebar on the right (or bottom of page if monitor window too small).
CfE New Higher Update 23
Struggling to find time and inspiration to write my Unit 2 materials. However, I'm posting a sample of how I might be starting off the Unit.
Topic 5 Study Guide Sample
Topic 5 Notes Sample
Topic 5 Completed Notes Sample
CfE New Higher Update 22
Peter has been working with Nicola from Selkirk High, and they have produced 20 Starter Questions for the Antioxidant Assignment.
Vitamin Starters (pdf)
Tea Starters (pdf)
Storage Starters (pdf)
Juice Starters (pdf)
Cooking Starters (pdf)
Vitamin Starters (pptx)
Tea Starters (pptx)
Storage Starters (pptx)
Juice Starters (pptx)
Cooking Starters (pptx)
CfE New Higher Update 21
Spotted next mistake in Spreadsheet - Formula for calculating total marks in Unit 3 Key Areas was not complete. Sorted.
CfE New Higher Update 20
Spotted first mistake in Spreadsheet - template wasn't picking up result for Analysing in 2.2 Problem Solving. Sorted.
CfE New Higher Update 19
Just finished Topic 2 on schedule (but had to miss out 2.4 and treat 2.5 as N5 revision to be done at home). About to finish off the Key Area questions (Unit-by-Unit questions but formatted to be used as and when ready as per the Portfolio approach) so decided to try and produce a spreadsheet similar to the N5 one I used last year.
Made harder than N5 by the fact that different numbers of opportunities are used for many Key Areas in the Combined questions compared to the Unit-by-Unit questions. Still set up to use whichever Key Area set has the higher mark but may need manual correction if that results in total opportunities exceeding the original number specified.
Problem Solving, however, is much simpler due to the fact that a single correct answer in any of the attempts in any of the 3 Units will result in a pass, since there is usually only ever one opportunity and never more than two.
Outcome 1 seems same as at N5 and I've left in the Sheet I'll be using to Record Topic Tests/Prelim etc which you can amend to suit your own Tests if you wish.
CfE New Higher Update 18
Getting ready to mark a batch of N5 Outcome 1's and was trying to remember if the SQA had ever produced any exemplification similar to the Assignment 'Mark Scheme'. It would appear that they didn't.
Anyway I ended up at LTS and noticed a few new (to me) documents providing Route Maps for N4, N5 & Higher which are mainly just links to documents on the SQA site but may still be useful to see them all listed (with links) as they are not always obvious when on the SQA website.
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 17
In light of changes made to Unit 3 (3 Topics to 2 Topics), I've amended the Timeline I set before summer. Will almost certainly change again once I finalise Notes for Unit 2.
New High Plan 2014-15.xls
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 16
Post Exam Analysis. SQA have released Mean Marks and Grade Boundaries. I've trimmed to just Chemistry.
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 15
Just got round to marking Topic 1 Test sat by class in last week before holiday. Here is Mark Scheme I came up with - warts and all.
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 14
Completed Pupil Notes for Topic 4 - Enthalpy, Notes & Redox. Will not be rushing to do Unit 2 until we've had a chance to see how first two Units go and, in particular, how much time we have left.
Topic 4 Pupil Notes
Topic 4 Pupil Notes Completed
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 13
SQA have added Marking Instructions for most of the 2014 exams which I've added to my SQA Past Papers webpage. Interesting to note that they are still not 'releasing' any of the 2012-2014 Revised ADVH papers.
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 13
Completed the second Topic 4 Test - Moles,Redox & Analysis.
Topic 4.2 Test
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 12
Topic 4 is big so I'm planning on producing two Tests. The first one is Enthalpy & Moles questions. The next one will be Moles & Redox.
Topic 4.1 Test
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 11
Someone kindly spotted a missing part in the Topic 3 Test which I've corrected.
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 10
The rest of Unit 3 is all the stuff I used to teach 'from the front', and I'm going to continue for at least another year, so no Study Guide needed yet.
However, I've produced Self-Check, Home Practice & Consolidation Questions to match my Notes. Will have finished tweaking Notes soon and then I'll produce the Topic test.
Topic4 Questions A4
Topic4 Questions A5Booklet
Topic4 Answers A4
Topic4 Answers A5Booklet
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 9
Noticed that some 2014 paper have been added to SQA website (no MI yet) so have added them to SQA Past Papers webpage.
At same time, decided to update all documents to latest (June 2014) versions. Trimmed the spreadsheet detailing changes to just Chemistry and I'm highlighting the (more helpful) documents showing relevant changes.
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 8
Not been easy finding questions for this Topic but I've cobbled together enough for a Test. Password protected.
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 7
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 6
Answers to the Check-Tests, Home Study Questions and Consolidation Questions contained within Study Guide.
Also spotted error in one Consolidation question so Study Guides posted earlier today have already been amended!
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 5
We're going to move onto Unit 3 after Unit 1 and Topic 3 is an amalgamation of old and new. Old is Equilibrium and some aspects of Industrial Chemistry. New is Chromatography and Atom Economy.
Topic3 StudyGuide A4
Topic3 StudyGuide A5 Booklet
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 4
Bitten the bullet and scanned most of our Challenge Chemistry Masters to allow me to rationalise and (eventually) rewrite our pupil resources. Started with Topic 2 which we start after summer. Stuck with existing sheets with minor tinkering - will wait until next year to prune in light of experience. Other Topics will be much more a mixture of "old" and "new".
We have also come up with our first draft Timeline.
Higher Plan 2014-15
Topic2 StudyGuide A4
Topic2 Answers A4
A5 Booklet Topic2 StudyGuide
A5 Booklet Topic2 Answers
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 3
Actually finished these weeks ago but was forgetting to post them. Not intended to be 'perfect' - a lot of repetition in Past Paper Questions, so left a wee bit of (now) N5 content in. Password protected, so need verifiable school e-mail to send password.
Topic 1 Test - Periodicity, Structure & Bonding
Topic 2 Test - Reaction Rates
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 2
Tactic of doing Revised Higher last year has meant that minimal changes were needed for CfE version. Have decided this year, however, to split Unit 1 into 2 Topics with 'proper' Tests as maybe went 'too fast' last year. First two Topics done and Tests just about completed.
Unit1 Topic1 - Periodicity, Structure & Bonding (pdf)
Unit1 Topic1 Completed (pdf)
Unit1 Topic2 - Reaction Rates (pdf)
Unit1 Topic2 Completed.pdf
CfE New Higher Chemistry Update 1
No rest for the wicked. About to start the CfE New Higher on Monday but only recently have we had a chance to start getting organised. Aware that SQA are still finalising exactly what we will need to assess internally, so concentrating on Theory only.
For a Preview, the resources posted last year on the Revised Higher page will give an idea of where we are heading.