ABOUT THIS SITE
The site was originally intended to meet the needs of UK A level chemistry students, but it has been widened over the years to cover material on all the UK-based syllabuses including A level, IB, Scottish Advanced Highers and Cambridge International. In fact it is now being used by people on equivalent (16 to 18 year old) courses worldwide and by students at the beginning of university level courses.
I started by concentrating on the bits that textbooks tend to do too quickly and that students often find difficulty with. My over-riding aim is to try to increase your understanding of these difficult bits so that you gain confidence.
I have since added lots of factual content, but always with a concentration on understanding. I'm simply not interested in the "learn this parrot-fashion and you will pass" approach - it is much more of a slog than taking a bit of time to understand what is going on.
As of July 2016, I am unlikely to add anything new to Chemguide, apart from the occasional bit of maintenance to make sure that it is as accurate as possible.
Missing or incomplete topics
There are some things that you won't find covered in complete detail (or sometimes won't find at all) on Chemguide - for example:
To get the best from the site you must have a clear idea of what you need to know. You will often find comments suggesting that you should refer to your syllabus or to recent exam papers. It is important that you have these to hand.
Students on UK-based courses can easily download syllabuses from their Examiners, and should be able to find other useful things on those websites. You can find links to these sites via the Main Menu.
If you are working in another examination system, you still need to know exactly what is expected of you, but will have to find that information for yourself.
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Contacting the author
If you are a student, and think you may have found an error on the site, could you please read this page before you contact me.
If you have questions about other things relating to the site, they may have been answered in my questions and comments section.
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