Describe what this subject is about

" JC chem comprises of 3 portions: physical chem, organic chem and inorganic chem. to be honest, JC chem is essentially an extension of secondary sch chem! (but a very significant extension LOL) so like compared to sec school, you learn all the topics in greater depth as well as some additional topics.

for more detailed info on the different topics covered, you can refer to the syllabus guide on the seab website! :) " --- Senior D(RI)

What does learning this subject entail?

" chem in jc heavily emphasises on understanding as compared to memorisation (like in sec sch). like being able to memorise the content is definitely necessary but understanding the content is really way more important so you really have to understand all the little details of each topic to be able to do well in chem!

i think if you decide to take up chem, you have to be ready to commit yourself to a ton of studying because on top of understanding and memorising, you also have to do a ton of practices so that you can familiarise yourself with a variety of question types. nonetheless, it’s really not that bad once u get the hang of it! " --- Senior D(RI)

What is the difference in rigour between JC and secondary school?

" i think there’s a very big jump in terms of content because every topic goes into much greater detail. for example, energetics notes in sec school were like 10 pages but in jc it’s like 60 hahaha. you really have to be ready to put in way more effort in jc for chem! " --- Senior D(RI)

Why did you choose to take it? Do you regret your decision?

" personally, i was actually deciding between taking a full science combi (BCME) and a full arts combi (HELM) at first but then after studying for bio for end of years in y4 i realised i hated bio so i opted against bio but i also didn’t really like lit HAHA so in the end i just settled for CMEH so i could take all the subjects i like.

also, in general, i quite enjoyed chem in sec school so it was just like a natural thing to take it i guess. plus it’s also like the most useful science in terms of uni applications because generally when there is a single science requirement, it would be chem.

no regrets hahah chem is my favourite subject tbh because once i got the hang of things i realised that chem is kinda like math in that there isn’t that many ways ur teachers can test u about things so hahaha with practice you should be able to do okay. plus once you are able to understand you don’t really have to spend that much time studying chem because you’ve already sorta grasped the content. before exams, mainly have to recap some of the more miscellaneous details and you’ll be fine :) " --- Senior D(RI)

Do you know what the differences between H1, H2 and H3? If so, can you explain what they are?

" i think one big difference between H1 and H2 is that there isn’t lab in H1. H1 also only has 2 papers while H2 has 3 papers and 1 practical paper. besides that, i think the difference is in the depth of each topic, H1 covers some topics in significantly lesser depth than H2 and also drops some H2 topics. if i’m not wrong, H1 content is much easier to grasp and understand compared to H2. also, questions are more direct with lesser application questions.

i’m not too sure about H3 chem tho hahaha " --- Senior D(RI)