A Level Chemistry online courses: can they really help me?

Good news – there are loads of materials for learning A Level Chemistry that are freely available line. There are YouTube channels, notes, explanations, past papers and practice questions galore for the discerning student (or teacher) to watch or download. (Looking for a list of useful websites? Try here for a short round-up).

So if it’s so easy to teach yourself with all these available practice materials, why am I, and all the chemistry tutors I know, still fully booked? And if you can’t afford one to one tuition, where does that leave you? Why is it so difficult to use the materials provided everywhere for free?

In this post I’ll explain the key differences between paying a small amount for an online course, versus using online resources that are available free. If you’re still not in a position where you are able to (or need to) pay for an online course, do make sure you are still signed up to my A Level chemistry mailing list as I provide free weekly resources for students and teachers.

Structure and progression

One of the reasons it’s easier to learn from a teacher than from a YouTube video is that teachers understand how to structure your learning. Experienced teachers understand not only what you need to know and how to explain it, but also WHEN you need to know it and what order topics are best introduced. You can refer to your exam specification to help with this, but they’re not really written for students (or parents) and so the first massive benefit of taking an online course is the fact that it’s already structured into modules, in a logical order which helps you progress through content at the right pace.

An example of the modules for my Confidence in Chemistry Calculations course – everything is carefully planned to build your confidence from the basics up to the more challenging calculation questions.

Everything all in one place

There are YouTube channels where you can search for videos to help you with a topic. There are websites where you can find practice questions and quizzes. There are websites where you can find multiple choice quizzes. There are websites where you can find exam style questions.

However, this is a lot of searching. Every time you search you need to make sure the content is the right level and suitable for your exam board. You might find a video that explains limiting reagents or percentage yield, but then the questions you find seem random and not connected to the video at all. In an online course, the materials are not only matched to be the right level (increasing in difficulty as you progress) but also the video content is closely matched to the practice questions, saving you a lot of time and frustration.

Support when you need it

Even if you’ve taken the time to find everything you need online, put it in the right order and checked it’s right for your exam board – what happens if you just don’t understand something? You can ask your teacher, but that means you need to send them a screenshot, explain where you got the question… And let’s face it – even the best and most amazing teachers are BUSY!

I would never recommend students signing up to an online course that doesn’t offer support from an expert. That’s why students who enrol on any of my A Level chemistry courses can ask questions about any of it, through the course portal or by email, and I will do my utmost to get back to them within one working day. I want students to succeed, and that’s why I put so much time and energy into not just the design of the course but also the support I provide to students along the way.

Courses currently available

If you want to pick up an amazing deal at the moment, you can’t go wrong with my Confidence in Chemistry Calculations course – you can bag this 8 module, comprehensive guide to all things mole calculations for just £24.99 (enter the code MOLE23 at the checkout).

Looking for a way to revise ALL of A Level chemistry? My A Level Grade Booster courses contain 20 modules covering the most essential content, along with recorded A Level masterclasses and full practice exam questions with mark schemes. These courses are currently available for AQA and OCR A.

Claire Costello-Kelly

Claire Costello-Kelly

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