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Which Websites Offer the Best Chemistry Revision Materials?

By Yann, published on 13/11/2018 Blog > Academia > Chemistry > Chemistry Revision Websites

Admittedly, Chemistry ranks right up there with other subjects that induce anxiety and outright fear, such as maths and physics.

However, just like those subjects, chemistry is nothing to worry about once it’s broken down into its elemental components – just as your Chemistry teacher has no doubt told you, over and over again!

If you have no natural curiosity or affinity for the discipline, it would be understandable that poring over the same study materials – your textbooks and class notes would make your eyes blur and bring you no closer to that sublime moment when, suddenly, it all makes sense.

Especially if you are staring your end of semester school exams straight in the face or are preparing to sit your GCSEs or A-Levels, you may need a bit of a boost; a change of study habits…

Or, maybe new ways to look at the material.

Superprof has taken the matter in hand to deliver you the best websites where you can get a different perspective on the matter… pun intended.

Let’s outline our findings now.

General Studies in Chemistry

Acetone is the smallest ketone Acetone has a simple molecular structure and is very unstable Source: Pixabay Credit: ColiN00B

Since the dawn of formal education, students have more or less behaved in the same way: putting forth just enough effort to eke by in class and cramming on the eve of exams.

That has shown to be generally true of all students in every subject, save the odd learner – one or two per class, maximum, who is/are actually enthused by and interested in the topic expounded on in class.

What drives them that totally escapes you?

It could be that they have a fundamental understanding of the concepts being explored and enjoy building on that foundation; acquiring facts and stacking them up as a builder would arrange bricks so that they will eventually become a dwelling.

Perhaps those students benefit from private tutoring with an excellent chemistry teacher who has empowered them to grasp every bit of new information and place it correctly in their storehouse of knowledge.

That option is open to you too, you know… as is the choice to progress in class rather than just skate by and panic on exam day.

It is perfectly understandable that textbooks would not exactly stir a longing for information in you but, on the other hand, what if you could absorb the same information, presented differently?

ThoughtCo has put together an assortment of worksheets, rules – for naming covalent and ionic compounds, and name/formula guides.

You may also find their anion names chart useful, along with the types of chemical names and their differences and a comprehensive guide to chemical laws.

Are you not quite confident in naming chemical formulas? No worries, there is also a guide for that!

In fact, it can be difficult to steer away from this massively educational website, so maybe you should bookmark it for further perusal.

What’s so great about this site is that all of the information is packaged in easily-digestible bites, complete with links to further reading and, often, to explanations and examples of what is being discussed.

It also provides printable worksheets and instructional videos.

ThoughtCo is not the only great learning website out there…

What if you need to know the properties of hexavalent chromium or alternate names for methyl ethyl ketone?

Of course, you could simply google those names and Wikipedia will (often) leap to your rescue but, what if we told you there is a one-stop, professional page that discusses any chemical you might need to know about?

ChemSpider is THE chemical compounds lexicon that provides, at a glance, any substances’ composition, molecular structure, properties, interactions… in short, anything you ever wanted to know about any chemical you are confronted with.

Is the compound you’re researching water-soluble? Is it toxic? Flammable? What is its molecular weight? How is it used? All of those questions and more will be answered on this site.

A note of caution, though: this information is meant for the chemistry professional. There are no frills or anecdotes adorning these pages; you may find their sheer starkness off-putting.

However, were you to build a collection of flashcards to aid your study efforts, this would be the site to draw comprehensive information from.

If you were looking for a more… entertaining, interactive page to study chemistry from, you might prefer Creative Chemistry.

Here again is a veritable treasure trove of information for anyone hoping to make sense of the world on a molecular level.

The site is equally suitable for teachers and students and is divided into pages for both.

Once you select the student pages, you will be treated to a host of hyperlinks that lead to further sites; anything from an in-depth explanation of the periodic table to which chemist won the Nobel prize every year since 1901, and what their discovery was.

However, where this page really shines is in its review materials.

Whether for a routine chemistry class exam or in preparation of your GCSEs or A-Levels, this site has entire pages dedicated to your efforts.

Whether you will sit AQA’s double science, modular chemistry or both, you will find helpful revision material: not just what to expect on exam day but quizzes and interactive games to hone your knowledge of chemistry topics.

For you who are preparing to sit the A-Levels, you may find their step by step exam guide useful:

  • AS Module 1 topics: Atomic structure, bonding, periodicity

  • AS Module 2 topics: Physical and inorganic chemistry (foundation level)

  • AS Module 3 topics: Organic chemistry (introduction)

  • A2 Module 4 topics: Further physical and organic chemistry

  • A2 Module 5 topics: Thermodynamics and further inorganic chemistry

As you can see by this study plan breakdown, these revision materials mirror your exam structure by providing you with these topics in the same sequence you meet them in on your exam.

There is so much to be had at this site that it would be best for you to explore it on your own while we move on to sites dedicated to exam prep…

There is a good reason why chemicals are kept in glass bottles... Can you explain why these solutions are kept in dark glass bottles? Source: Pixabay Credit: Gellenger

GCSE Chemistry Revision Websites

As your performance on this exam is at least career-defining – if not life-defining, it would naturally follow that plenty of resources exist to ensure your success.

For one, you could check out online revision tools: apps, podcasts videos and more, to help you study chemistry!

Are you perplexed at the difference between an acid and a base? What is it about the formation of molecules that simply escapes you? And why are some chemical reactions lethal while others are rather fun to observe?

If the extent of your knowledge about chemical bonding involves some glue-like substance, you need to spend time with Revision Science; a website built for the express purpose of mastering everything you studied in general chemistry classes.

Not only does it cover everything you need to know about acids and bases, but it will take you through the structures of atoms and how they bond, what carbon compounds are – plastics, polymers and crude oil with all of its derived products, and they even provide past GCSE papers for you to review.

All of the study materials on this site are free to use but those on the TES website charge a fee for their compilation of study materials.

You may wonder why anyone would pay for any such materials or even buy chemistry revision books when there is so much information to be had for free, and you would have a good argument.

The issue with materials that don’t cost anything is that they may be out of date or otherwise not suited to your purposes.

As fast as discoveries are made in the scientific community, relying on possibly outdated materials could cost you valuable exam points.

TIP: whether free or for a fee, always check your study resources’ date of publication.

We aver that all of the study materials presented in this article correspond with next year’s exam, and so does this next site’s.

Goconqr will not ask you for any money but they do require you to create an account before perusing their revision materials – and what a wealth of materials they have!

This site treats you to study resources for chemistry, biology and physics; the three branches of science you will be tested on. And, they are very specific about the topics you must review for successful exam completion!

Each of these chemicals has a distinct molecular structure Can you draw the molecular structure of these chemicals? Source: Pixabay Credit: Gellinger

A-Level Chemistry Revision

We mentioned a page or two that would be helpful to A-Level candidates earlier but we would be remiss if we didn’t talk more about chemistry revision resources meant exclusively for these students.

Whether you anticipate sitting AQA, OCR or Edexel, A-Level Chemistry has the revision guide you need.

You will have to create a login, after which any of the papers corresponding to your exam will be available to you.

You will also be treated to sample test questions, past papers and the exam’s marking scheme.

Studywise offers all of that and more!

On this site again you will choose materials tailored to the exam you anticipate sitting, but then you could go further to take quizzes – test your knowledge to find your weak spots, watch revision videos hosted by past A-Levels students and look at notes and past papers.

Most likely, you have received a list of revision materials available, no matter which exam you are preparing for – GCSE or A-Level.

We hope to round out your resources with some that have perhaps not made it into the recommendations you’ve already received. To that end, we’ve compiled them all into this table, including a couple from across the pond that may give you a different perspective.

Please copy and paste the sites’ name into your browser’s address bar.

Website NameWhat You Can FindSuitable For
https://www.thoughtco.com/chemistry-4133594Videos, text, worksheetseveryone
http://www.chemspider.comChemical names, properties, molecular structureseveryone
https://www.creative-chemistry.org.ukWorksheets, texts, quizzes, exam revision materials, everyone
https://revisionscience.com/gcse-revision/chemistrytexts, periodic table, videos, exam revision materialseveryone
https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-gcse-chemistry-c10-revision-using-resources-11886392texts, past papers and marking schemesGCSE candidates
https://www.goconqr.com/en/gcse/subjects/science/text, videos, past papers and marking schemesGCSE candidates
https://studywise.co.uk/a-level-revision/chemistry/physical organic and inorganic chemistry revision, past papersA-Level candidates
https://alevelchemistry.co.ukAQA, OCR and Edexel targeted review materialsA-Level candidates
https://www.khanacademy.orgAll aspects of chemistry study in video formateveryone
https://www.syvum.com/squizzes/chem/interactive games, worksheets and quizzeseveryone

Happy studies!

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