Originally Posted by partyatmygaff
It's a short course but you need to both enjoy it and be willing to work hard for your grade. The easiest way to study it I found is to stop and think. Don't just blindly read the book or learn algorithms for answering questions. Stop, think and make sure you understand everything.
I couldn't disagree more with this, at least in the sense of wanting to obtain a high grade.
Obviously understanding the subject helps. You need to look at previous marking schemes though. Repeated questions come up all the time and in relation to certain topics there are
key words and phrases that examiners are looking for to simply tick and hand you marks. Understanding helps, but there is a definite exam technique of repeating papers again and again and looking at marking schemes.
The paper is really lovely and if you've worked hard you'll have so much choice.
The experiments are absolutely crucial, you only have to answer 2 but you should aim to answer 3. Knowing Organics inside out is key to a good grade. You have to practice calculations from the book and old papers and mocks to ensure you can get full marks on those calculations. Beyond that, cover the Atomic History and Theory well for the short questions, as well as Gases. I don't think you should leave anything out, it's not a huge course. Option question (11 I think?) is lovely if you have time
You can do it in a year, but you will have to commit to working hard and being confident enough in your other 5 subjects that you can balance it. Doable though!