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Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to the blog of Dr Carl Thirsk, online chemistry tutor! Here you will find useful resources and articles that will improve how you [...]

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Balancing redox reactions

Oxidation number method for balancing redox reactions The combination of redox and balancing chemical equations is enough to strike fear into the heart of any chemistry student. Read on to learn how to master this essential skill… In my last blog, I covered seven rules you can use to balance chemical equations, [...]

November 6th, 2018|Categories: Essential Skills, Guides|Tags: , , , |

Balancing chemical equations

How to balance chemical equations Chemistry students often struggle with balancing chemical equations, but these tips will make this vital skill easier to master Is there an easy way to balance chemical equations? I get asked this a lot by students wanting help with this notoriously difficult skill. What students want to [...]

October 31st, 2018|Categories: Essential Skills, Guides|Tags: , , , |

IB Chemistry IA Ideas and Research Questions

50+ Chemistry IA Ideas with Research Question Examples One of the biggest challenges facing students taking IB chemistry is coming up with a good Internal Assessment (IA) idea. It’s got to be something suitably demanding for diploma-level study, it’s got to be something relevant to the chemistry syllabus, it’s got to be something [...]

October 19th, 2018|Categories: Guides|Tags: , |

Choosing a Chemistry IA Research Question

Choosing a Research Question for the Internal Assessment Confused about what a Research Question is? This guide will help you understand what they are and how to pick a good one. The Internal Assessment (IA) is a mini-research project. It is an opportunity to show-off your chemistry skills and knowledge and investigate interesting [...]

October 18th, 2018|Categories: Guides|Tags: , |

What is online tuition and is it effective? A guide for parents.

What is online tuition and is it effective? A guide for parents. Five years ago as a classroom teacher, I was sceptical. Now, I know that online tuition is as effective as face-to-face. Read on to find out why. Search for ‘online tutor’ and you’ll get an idea of the way that this [...]

October 15th, 2018|Categories: Education, Online tuition|
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