As your child enters the final revision stage for their A-level chemistry course you may hear them talk about using mark schemes as part of their revision strategy with fellow students. They may tell you that they understood the question on their end of unit exam but that they didn't put down what was in …
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As I teach and tutor A level Chemistry I notice that some of my students find the maths used in solving computation type problems easy to follow and others seem to find these types of problems the area where they lose the most points on their end of topic exams. Does one of these scenarios sound like you? Do you wish there was an easier way to solve these types of problems and achieve a good grade in A level Chemistry?