Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

Students in a school lab using a burette filler to measure liquid for a titration

How to teach titration post-16


Tips for teaching practical titration techniques and the underlying theory

A bottle of bromine water next to two test tubes - one contains only clear liquid and the other contains clear liquid sitting on an orange liquid

Everything you need to introduce alkenes


Help your 14–16 learners to master the fundamentals of the reactions of alkenes with these ideas and activities

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How to teach polymers at post-16


Teaching strategies and resources to help learners master polymers and overcome misconceptions

A hand using scissor-handle tweezers to hold a piece of paper that is on fire but not burning

Non-burning paper: investigate the fire triangle and conditions for combustion


Use this reworking of the classic non-burning £5 note demonstration to explore combustion with learners aged 11–16 years

A glass beaker pouring liquid uphill into another

Illustrate polymer properties with a self-siphoning solution


Demonstrate the tubeless siphon with poly(ethylene glycol) and highlight the polymer’s viscoelasticity to your 11–16 learners

A photo of a test tube of a clear liquid containing with brown-edged blue liquid blobs. The test tube is also submerged in a clear liquid.

Demonstrate concentration and density with a transition metal colloid cell


Boost 11–14 learners’ understanding of diffusion and transition metal chemistry

A diagram and graph showing how a reversible reaction reaches equilibrium

Help learners master equilibrium and reversible reactions


Use this poster, fact sheet and storyboard activity to ensure your 14–16 students understand dynamic equilibrium

A drawing the the equipment needed for a titration including a clamp and stand, burette, white tile, volumetric pipette, burette filler, volumetric flask, funnel, dropping bottle and a wash bottle of distilled water.

Mastering titration apparatus


Use this poster, fact sheet and classroom activity to show learners the names and uses of equipment they’ll encounter in this practical 

A cartoon of a school student in a school lab as a platform video game with chemistry skills to collect as they progress through the level

Successful strategies for sequencing knowledge

2023-09-11T09:00:00+01:00By and

Discover how to effectively develop your students’ knowledge and skills by sequencing practical activities

A cartoon of a science teacher allowing students to pick the equipment to use for a chemistry practical

Why it’s important to encourage student decision-making in practicals

2023-07-17T08:30:00+01:00By and

Improve student engagement, motivation and behaviour by giving them more choice

Two characters contemplating an NMR on a screen and the bonds it might represent

Improve your learners’ NMR interpretation skills


Encourage students to determine and draw the structures of simple organic molecules with this free, online resource

A group of people collaborating

How best to engage students in group work


Use evidence-based research to help students get the most out of group work

High school students using tablet computers

Reduce cognitive load with an augmented reality learning environment


Discover how to use augmented reality to help students visualise organic mechanisms

An illustration of two hands miming the structure of Ammonia

How visuospatial thinking boosts chemistry understanding


Encourage your students to use their hands to help them get to grips with complex chemistry concepts

Tiny people looking at giant models of ammonium and sulfur dichloride trying to figure out the inter molecular forces

Understanding how students untangle intermolecular forces


Discover how learners use electronegativity to predict the location of dipole−dipole interactions

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3 ways to boost knowledge transfer and retention


Apply these evidence-informed cognitive processes to ensure your learners get ahead