Organic Chemistry Crash Course

Organic Chemistry is often a confusing topic for many students, very often because of the way that it's taught. Too much attention is placed on memorising reactions for particular functional groups, without spending enough effort to understand the underlying driving forces of organic reactions.

Organic Chemistry is a discipline with a few simple rules that govern most of the reactions that occur. At Chemistry Domus, Chung will help students develop an understanding of the features of different organic molecules, apply the basic governing rules, and therefore more easily predict the kinds of reactions that the compounds will undergo.

Think of Organic Chemistry as a language, and mechanisms as the grammar of the language. Here at Chemistry Domus, Chung will help you understand the language of Organic Chemistry, and then speak it fluently to ace Organic Chemistry questions.

Reasons to Join Our Crash Courses
DIGESTIBLE

A student's ability to concentrate and learn wanes after a couple of hours.

 

Hence, our crash courses are designed in bite-size 2-hr formats to maximise learning impact for the student.

COST-EFFECTIVE

Long hours of bootcamps are ineffective.

 

Our cost-effective crash courses are designed to meld online and in-person learning, such that students absorb more content with lesser hours.

BE EXAM READY

Work with specifically curated prelim and A Level questions.

Contact time with Chung will be focused on learning exam skills to tackle applicaton questions required to do well for the A Levels.

Organic Chemistry Crash Course

This topic-specific intensive crash course will teach Organic Chemistry from a holistic point of view, so that students are equipped to recognise key characteristics of different organic compounds, and therefore become very proficient with organic transformations and corresponding reagents and conditions.

Students will be expected to drill through a large number of actual exam questions, so that they can learn the strategies in doing the few main types of Organic Chemistry questions:

  • Isomerism

  • Mechanisms

  • Distinguishing Tests

  • Synthesis

  • Elucidation

Chung will be pointing out areas of improvement to each student individually, and building up their confidence in Organic Chemistry.

The Organic Chemistry Crash Course will be organised into four main topics:

1. Mechanisms (the "Why" of Organic Chemistry)

Review the five mechanisms explicit in the syllabus, and concepts including the flow of electrons in organic reactions, the as well as the stability of intermediates and how they relate to major products. Learn strategies and skills to do mechanism application questions.

2. Transformations (the "What" of Organic Chemistry)

Learn to see each organic reaction as one of the seven transformations (types of reactions), and learn ways to categorise the many reagents and conditions that you need to memorise for the syllabus. Learn strategies and skills to do synthesis questions.

3. Resonance (the "Anomalies" of Organic Chemistry)

Review the concept of delocalisation and resonance, and see that many of the anomalies in Organic Chemistry (resonance stability, partial double bond character, unexpected acidity etc.) can be explained by this important phenomenon. Learn strategies and skills to identify the presence of delocalisation, and to answer application questions.

4. Elucidation (the "Forensics" of Organic Chemistry)

Put everything together, and learn the strategies and skills to answer Distinguishing Test questions, as well as put down proper deductions and structures for Elucidation questions.

Each topic will consist of

  • 1.5 to 2 hrs of on-demand videos and review practice questions,

  • a 2-hr in-person tutorial with the timings detailed below, and

  • WhatsApp consultation with Chung for clearing of any doubts related to the topic.

Time Commitment

Students who are signing up for this course should be prepared to spend about 5 to 6 hrs per topic (including the 2-hr in-person tutorial time) for the four-topic crash course:

  • Students will be expected to watch 1.5 to 2 hrs of videos for each of the topics before class. As they watch the videos, they will  go through between 8 to 12 questions that will help them review key concepts and skills related to the topic. Total time required to watch the videos and do all the question will be between 3 to 4 hrs that ideally should be spread across two days. A suggested schedule will be provided to help students manage their time.

  • Students will then attend the 2-hr in-person tutorials. Chung will first clear any questions they have from the videos and review notes, and then continue to drill questions to lock down key concepts and skills.

Fees

  • Students are required to sign up for the entire course of four topics.

  • $480 for complete Organic Chemistry Crash Course of FOUR 2-hr in-person tutorial lessons, plus at least another 7 hrs of on-demand video lectures. That is equivalent to a total of 15 hrs of content time.

  • A $150 non-refundable deposit will be collected (by PayNow / PayLah / bank transfer) at the time of registration. This will be applied to the course fees on completion of the registered lessons. The balance of the fees will be collected (by PayNow / PayLah / bank transfer) one day before the start of the first lesson.

  • Fees are non-refundable, and there will not be a possibility of make-up classes for the crash courses. If a student cannot attend a lesson for good reason, they will be allowed to make-up the lesson during one of the regular 2-hr lessons. This should be completed before the end of Aug 2021, or the fees for the missed lesson will be forfeited.

Location
  • Centropod, 80 Changi Road #05-25 S419715

  • 7-min walk from Eunos MRT station

  • Buses: 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 60, 61, 63, 67, 76, 93, 94, 150, 154, 155

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