You will now have completed the final exams of your six years of Secondary schooling, and in October you will be going up to University or Med School / starting an Apprenticeship / doing an internship in an Accountancy or Law firm / or whatever.

If you get the grades that you wanted, then keep working hard and continue doing whatever you did to create the success that you deserved.

However, if you did not do as well as you wanted to do, then take heart. Your life is not over! You can still turn it round.  The lovely thing about making a mistake is that if you are intelligent, then you sit down and you analyse your mistake and you work out what to do to avoid making that same mistake ever again in your life. Everybody gets at least one ‘second chance’ in life, and I am posting below a Presentation on Second Chances in Life.

I have also posted a little Presentation that I gave to some Sixth Formers on Friday the 14th of June. It will provide you with a context for what you have been slogging away learning for the last six years.

Now relax and enjoy your summer break, and get ready for the big change in your life when you go from being a ‘child’ to becoming an ‘adult’.

Good luck in everything that you do in your life.

I will spend the Summer months reviewing every Chapter in the books, and I will start blogging again in September. I hope that you have a happy holiday.

Blogs for the Summer hols

A Second Chance

À Propos of the following Presentation on Molecular Biology 1920-1970, Professor Gareth Williams is giving a talk at the Royal Institution on the 25th of July. If you live in/near London you might want to get a ticket for the talk, or if you cannot do so, then the RI might put the talk on youtube, and failing that, then Prof Williams has published a book called “Unravelling the Double Helix: The Lost Heroes of DNA” and you might want to read that.

Participants in the development of Molecular Biology, UK 1920-1970

Participants in the development of Molecular Biology, UK 1920-197

 

 

Previous Second Year ‘A’ Level Chemistry Blogs

Acids and Bases, 23rd March 2019a

Acids and Bases, 23rd March 2019b

Benzene, Part 1, 15th December 2018

Benzene, Part 2, 22nd December 2018

Benzene, Part 3, 29th December 2018

Benzene, Part 4, 5th January 2019

Calculation of pH values during a titration (a blog for Second Year ‘A’ Level students who are just about to sit their final exams), 30th March 2019

Carbonyl Compounds, Part 1 (Acids), 12th January 2019

Carbonyl Compounds, Part 2 (Aldehydes), 19th January 2019

Carbonyl compounds, Part 3 (Ketones), 26th January 2019

Chromatography, Second Year Blog for 11th May 2019

Equivalence Points, 23rd of March 2019

Electrophoresis and DNA Fingerprinting, 18th May 2019

Entropy, Second Year Blog, 1st June 2019

Halides and Sulphuric Acid, Second Year Blog, 4th May 2019

IR Spectroscopy, 27th April 2019

Kc : Ka : pKa : and Kw, Strong and Weak Acids, Second Year Blog for 18th May 2019

Kw equations to memorise for the exams, Year 2 Blog for 25th May 2019

Kw, The Ionic Product of Water Equilibrium constant, Year 2 Blog, 25th May 2019

Mass Spectroscopy, 20th April 2019

NMR:MRI Spectroscopy, Second Year Blog, 4th May 2019

Potassium Permanganate and Sodium Sulphite, Three reactions, 17th November 2018

Properties of Period 3 Elements and their Oxides, 1st December 2018

Signposts for alculating pH values in acid-base titrations

Sulphuric Acid and Halides, 9th March 2019

Transition Metals: Complexes, 24th November 2018

 

Previous First Year ‘A’ Level Chemistry Blogs

Acids and Bases, 23rd of March 2019

Calculations in Chemistry, Part 1, 23rd of February 2019

Calculations in Chemistry, Part 2, 2nd of March 2019

Calculations in Chemistry, Part 3, 9th of March 2019

Calculations in Chemistry, Part 4, 16th of March 2019

Colour Changes, 8th December 2018

∆H of Formation, 24th November 2018

Electrophilic Addition Reactions of Ethene, 10th November 2018

Fractional Distillation and Cracking, 1st December 2018

Ionic and Molecular substances, (The difference between), 2nd of March 2019

Isomerism, Cis:Trans, 3rd November 2018

Isomerism, Structural, 27th October 2018

Mass Spectrometry, First Year Blog, 20th April 2019

Melting Points and Boiling Points, Part 1, 2nd February 2019

Melting Points and Boiling Points, Part 2, 9th February 2019

Melting Points and Boiling Points, Part 3, 16th February 2019

Melting Points and Boiling Points, Part 4, 23rd of February 2019

Tests, 15th December 2018

Titration (the elements of), 9th March 2019

Yield, Atom Economy or Atom Efficiency, 8th December 2018

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