Education in Chemistry - Classroom articles

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How to teach structure determination post-16


Students find this process puzzling. Help them solve it with these ideas and tips

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Teaching chemistry equilibria post-16


How to help students tackle equilibrium challenges at post-16

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Teaching organic chemistry post-16


Introduce the study of molecules containing carbon atoms to your students with these many different contexts

An experimental setup with a titration burette, a beaker of milky liquid, electrolysis electrodes and a magnetic stirrer

Shocking revelations: a conductometric titration of barium hydroxide with sulfuric(VI) acid


Strengthen students’ mental models of particles reacting in solution

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The movement of ions: bringing electrolysis to life


Demonstrate the movement of positive and negative ions with a simpler, safer version of this classic demo

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Dynamite soap: The combustion of stoichiometric hydrogen–oxygen mixtures


Add this quick demo to the end of a lesson on squeaky pops to show the dramatic impact of mixing chemicals in the correct proportions

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How to draw dot and cross diagrams


Use this step-by-step approach to covalent bonding with your 14–16 learners

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How to draw electron configuration diagrams


Use this step-by-step to get your 14–16 students drawing electron configuration diagrams confidently

A student in a practical chemistry class, using a pipette to add an amber coloured liquid to a flask

The challenges of practical work post-16


What are the difficulties students face when they begin to tackle experiments in their last years of secondary school chemistry?

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Why you need A-level chemistry to study geology

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Knowledge of chemistry topics such as isotopes, analytical techniques and earth science is essential for studying geology

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How to apply pedagogical knowledge effectively


Develop your PCK to help students grasp and apply subject knowledge

Students looking at books with different representations of sulphur dioxide around them

Same molecule, different representations


Chemistry is full of varied representations. How do we help our students identify the information encoded within them?

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Teaching tips for chemical kinetics


Students’ understanding is mostly assessed through numerical problems. Sometimes performance does not reflect understanding. Here’s why

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Do our students suffer from chemophobia?


How your teaching can equip students to recognise and ward off misinformation

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Understanding why chemistry is important boosts results


Use simple interventions to help students work out the real-life reasons why it is important to study chemistry

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What affects students’ self-assessment skills?


A study investigating students’ self-assessed understanding has implications for your practice