Chemistry is one of those subjects students either love at school or tolerate because they have to study it.
Up until the end of Year 10 in high school, chemistry is mandatory. From Year 11 onwards, students can either choose to continue studying it or move in a different direction — another science field, like physics or biology, or perhaps a language study or humanities.
To get into a university anywhere around Australia these days, there are no longer prerequisite subjects, although most require students to have studied English at Year 12 level or demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Even if you want to enrol in a chemistry degree at an Australian university, you don't need to have continued with chemistry in theory. A university will assume no prior knowledge, although they will progress fairly rapidly through the basics in the first few weeks of the course.
So that begs the question ... why study chemistry at all if you're not going to need it?
This article will explore that question, and also look at SACE chemistry studies in South Australia and where to get help if you do decide to study it after Year 10.
Why Should I Study Chemistry?
If you already love chemistry, you will agree that it is a fascinating science. It's not only the theatrical chemical reactions either (although they are fun), but the insights chemistry studies provide into a whole range of physical and biological phenomena.
In addition, if you also love your physics, maths, biology and environmental science, chemistry is the glue that joins them all together.
Studying SACE Chemistry in high school and then at university can lead to a wide range of careers, not all of which require you to work in a lab. These job prospects include engineering, academic research, high school teacher, science writer or environmental consultant among many others.
For those who are not mad-keen chemistry buffs and are not planning on studying chemistry at university, the subject can be useful to study in Years 11 and 12 because of the benefits it provides in other areas:
- It can help students develop skills, such as problem-solving, logic and reasoning, which you can apply to other subjects.
- Students gain a deeper awareness and understanding of products and their day-to-day use and impact.
- Students learn how to express complex ideas in writing.
- Students learn teamwork, time management and data handling.
In short, students who choose to study chemistry can apply the skills learned in their lessons to other subjects, such as maths and English, as well as to daily life.
What Does SACE Chemistry Involve?
SACE is the South Australian Certificate of Education and is a high school qualification awarded on the successful completion of Year 12 in South Australia.
Each state of Australia has its equivalent to SACE:
- HSC in Sydney (NSW)
- VCE in Melbourne (Vic)
- NTCE in Darwin (NT)
- WACE in Perth (WA)
- TCE in Hobart (Tas)
- ACT Year 12 Certificate in Canberra
- QCE in Brisbane (Qld).
Even though they all have different acronyms, they're all essentially the same qualification and are recognised at most universities throughout Australia along with a Tertiary Entrance Ranking.
There are multiple subjects that students can elect to study to contribute to their SACE — everything from foreign language study and English as an Additional Language or Dialect, through to maths and science subjects (such as biology, physics and, of course, chemistry).
The SACE chemistry syllabus is divided into two sections, Stage I and Stage II.
Stage I topics provide students with the framework for understanding concepts across the three science strands (science inquiry skills, science as a human endeavour and science understanding) and a readiness to extend into an integrated program of learning, with a student identified focus, in Stage II.
Across the two years, students will study topics including:
- materials (types, properties and uses)
- interactions and reactions (quantities, energy, acids and bases)
- chemical and resource management
- environmental monitoring.
The results of SACE subjects over the two years are scaled and allocated points. These then combine with exam results to give students an overall tertiary university ranking known as an ATAR. The required average ATAR to get into a chemistry or science degree across most universities is around the 70 to 80 mark, depending on the popularity of the course and the university itself.
Do I Need a Chemistry Tutor?
Most high school or university students who are studying chemistry (or any other academic subject like maths, English, physics or a foreign language) need help at some point and a private chemistry tutor can be the perfect solution.
High school students
Many providers of chemistry tutoring in Adelaide are specialists when it comes to the SACE curriculum and course content for chemistry. This can be useful for students in both Stage I and Stage II who:
- are struggling with their lessons
- need help understanding specific content in the SACE syllabus
- want an extension program
- need help preparing for their next chemistry exam
- have specific questions about current topics of study.
Studying chemistry at the university level, whether as a major or minor unit of study, can be tough — particularly if you didn't study chemistry in high school. The course program moves quickly and university students are expected to be more independent with their learning and have well-developed study skills.
Tutors who provide chemistry tutoring in Adelaide may be able to help with:
- the practical aspects of your chemistry program
- the chemical theory components
- study skills
- related questions pertaining to maths, physics, biology or English topics.
Other (non academic) students
It may be that, as a high school student, you loved chemistry but the career you wanted took you in another direction and you dropped your chemistry studies when you went to university or into your career. This does not mean you can't still study chemistry with a private chemistry tutor.
Perhaps you're interested in studying:
- the history of chemistry and the first chemists
- how chemistry (and chemical reactions and properties) relate to cooking
- sustainable chemistry
- practical applications chemistry.
There is so much to be explored with chemistry, well beyond chemical properties and chemical reactions, there really is no limit to what you can do with the right chemistry tutor.
Where Can I Find a Chemistry Tutor in Adelaide?
Googling 'chemistry tutoring Adelaide' will bring up hundreds of options. Before you do this, make sure you know exactly why you need chemistry tutoring and what format you want it to take (in-person, private, group, online) as this will help you narrow down your search.
Here are a few options to get you started on your quest to achieve your chemistry study goals and outcomes.
This agency's focus is on Year 11 and Year 12 students only, which means tutors with Advanced Education are specialists when it comes to the senior high school SACE curriculum. Tutors with Advanced Education run a weekend group tuition program as well as private in-person chemistry tutoring in Adelaide and private online chemistry tutoring for students either in Adelaide or in regional areas of South Australia and beyond.
Tutoring For Excellence
Another agency, Tutoring for Excellence caters for every level of student from Year 1 to Year 10 and senior high school Years 11 and 12, and every curriculum throughout Australia. Although their main focus is school students, they can also devise a tutoring program for university students and adult learners. Tutoring For Excellence offers private in-person tuition as well as private online tuition and prides itself on providing tutors with proven experience, teaching skills and impressive academic backgrounds.
With over 93,000 chemistry tutors available throughout Australia, Superprof caters for every level and every interest when it comes to chemistry tutoring. Narrow down your search to target your specific requirements, then browse the tutor profiles until you find tutors who fit your needs. With most tutors offering the first lesson for free, as a trial, you really can't go wrong. Whether you're after a tutor who can work with you in a private, face-to-face setting in Adelaide or want the best tutor available in Australia (or overseas) for online lessons — Superprof has you covered.
Are you ready to get into chemistry?
The right private chemistry tutor can help you understand concepts that were previously a tangled mess. They can help boost your outcomes and results. They can answer your questions and prompt you to think of more to extend your learning.
Best of all, the right chemistry tutor, whether private, group, in-person or online, can enhance or reignite your enthusiasm for the fascinating topic that is chemistry.
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