2017 Headstart Checklist for VCE Chemistry


This article has been written by Henry Ja, a Chemistry tutor at LearnMate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Henry, then please check out his page here.


2017 Headstart Checklist for VCE Chemistry

This article will focus on Year 12 Chemistry and the skills that I believe students should brush over before they begin Year 12 Chemistry in 2017.

As you would know the Year 12 Chemistry Course will be taught for the first time in 2017. It is both an exciting and nervous time. 

Below are topics that I think that students who are heading into Year 12 Chemistry, should revise on. Most of these topics would have been covered in Year 11 Chemistry.

  1. Mole Concept – this is the starting point of most calculations in Chemistry
  2. Empirical and molecular formulas – know how to derive each one
  3. Organic Compounds – make sure you are familiar with all the ones listed in the Study Design, including names.
  4. Hydrogen bonding
  5. Specific Heat Capacity of water
  6. Redox Reactions – especially writing redox half-equations
  7. Concentration Units – Listed in Study Design
  8. Stoichiometry – this is key to calculations in Chemistry. Make sure that you understand this concept. If you don’t seek help from teachers or tutors.
  9. High-Performance Liquid Chromatography – this will be tested again in Year 12 (specifically listed in the Key Knowledge on the Year 12 component) and so make sure you understand that concept behind HPLC.
  10. Volumetric Analysis

These are the topics that I think would be good for you to revise over in the holidays before schools start again.

Revision is not just re-reading over these topics in your Year 11 textbook, but actually doing questions associated with such topics. It is only by doing questions will you know whether you understand the concept or not. By all means, read the textbook if you cannot answer a particular question, but just reading the textbook alone won’t benefit you much.

Obviously, you do not need to complete all these topics in one go. Take your time and do them at a pace you are comfortable with. Year 12 is an important year, but it’s good to have regular breaks!

Also, make sure that you have a copy of the Study Design with you when you are studying. Everything that you need to know for the exam will be listed in the study design, so get in the habit of referring to it when you are doing your revision.

Have fun!

Henry 🙂


This article has been written by Henry Ja, a Chemistry tutor at LearnMate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Henry, then please check out his page here.


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2017 Headstart Checklist for VCE Chemistry

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