As of next week, many of you will be unexpectedly studying at home. If that applies to you, I have something that will help: A-level Chemistry workbooks for self-study.
These workbooks are for the AQA AS and A-level specification and they will solve the problem of ‘I know I need to make notes but I don’t really know what I need to make notes on and now I’ve copied the text book out and I still can’t answer the exam questions.’
The workbooks are designed for you to complete as you work through your text books. They’ll tell you what you need to make notes on and teach you some of the skills you need to answer exam questions that relate to the topic covered in the workbook.
You’ll also be instructed to make notes on things that you won’t find in the text book. This is either to get you to practice applying your knowledge, or to make sure you have notes on things that may come up on the exam but aren’t in the text book. I’ve designed these workbooks so that you won’t be able to just passively make notes without having a clue what you’ve written. This means that you might find them challenging to complete, but they’ll push you beyond the basics, which is what you need if you want a decent grade.
The truth about these workbooks is that I start making them, get too obsessed about the design, what needs to go in them, and how I can make sure they cover everything could ever come up. It’s obviously pretty unrealistic to cover absolutely everything, so I lose motivation and don’t publish them.
But since we’re in pretty weird times where a lot of you are trying to teach yourself for the foreseeable future, so while they’re not perfect, I want to make them available to you as I think they’ll help you.
At the moment, the Introduction to Organic Chemistry workbook is the only one available, but I’ll have more ready to go in the next few days.
A-level Chemistry workbooks available now
Which topics do you need workbooks for?
My plan is to write workbooks for the whole AQA specification, so if you need a workbook for a particular topic let me know using the contact form below and I’ll write them in the order that I get requests. These will be completely free and I’ll publish them on this page for you to download.
Teachers – feel free to share these with your students
And if you notice any errors/typos or anything else you think I should include, please let me know using the contact form below. I’m the world’s worst editor, and I’m aiming to get them out there quite quickly, so I’d appreciate any feedback you want to give.
Which workbook do you need?
Use the contact form below to let me know which workbook you want me to write and I’ll publish it asap.