Sunday, December 30, 2007

That Strange Leaf Movement!

You must check out the recent video taken by Sean, The Chemistry Coach on his recent trip to Bukit Timah Hill Singapore!

Can anyone make guesses why is that happening?!

Strange Strange, movement in total stillness...

Friday, December 28, 2007

Chemistry Practical Question

This is one of the latest question sent in on Chemistry Practical. It's a good question which I think some students would love to find out the answers as well, isn't it? ;)

Open for discussion. Feel free to contribute!

I wanted to ask what's the correct/appropriate way to wash test tubes when you're having a Chemistry practical? Because i've faced shortage of time, and it's because i wasted a lot of time to wash my test tubes. Some students maybe more "kiasu" and they washed the test tubes multiple times to ensure it's clean.

For example, i've 6 test tubes, but i'm required to do 7 or 8 experiments, so i've got to wash the test tubes. However, the test tube i'm re-using again, may have traces of the previous solution left and thus, affecting the result of the current one. Please do advise me on the correct and advisable method to wash my test tubes!

Is it okay to wash my test tube just with plain tap water or distilled water? Or both? And i do believe most schools provide a brush, which can fit into the test tube to remove solid particles or ppt which hardens and stays in the test tubes, am i required to use it, or it can be ignored?

This is approximately how i wash my test tube

1. I empty the solution into the sink
2. I rinse the test tube with tap water first
3. Then, i rinsed it again with distilled water.

I've another question on Chemistry practical. My teacher once mentioned that if you're doing titration, e.g. you're given Solution P and Solution R, to put the respectives into the burette or pipette, she told me that if you're pouring Solution P into the pipette for titration, you can just simply wash it with Solution P and need not wash it with distilled or tap water anymore. How true is that?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Freebie Download - Balance Chemical Equations Tips Video

Dearest all,

Merry Xmas! & Have a blessed year ahead!

As promised, Sean has completed this X'mas present for everyone. This present will allow anyone to be a master in BALANCING. Yes! I mean Chemical Equations :)

You can download this video for f*ree!
Go to
It's on the right hand side for the download of this freebie!

on behalf of Sean

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

X'mas Presents?

Hello everyone,

for those who partcipated in the voting of the template of the site.Tks for your response.
for those who didn't vote yet, you still have a few more days to vote.

X'mas coming so I guess most of you are busy preparing x'mas presents or are you busy with clearing up more space to receive more gifts?

Whatever the case, Sean, the co-author of askalwayslovely & the SimpleChemConcepts guru seems to be busy preparing something free for everyone to start the new academic year on the right year.

I will push him to release the gift he's preparing soon okie!

Meanwhile, you may want to check out this site on THE SONG!

btw, have you downloaded your copy of "Be a Squaring Expert within 30 seconds"?
Click here to gain instant access

Less than 15 days to the start of the new school term!


Monday, December 17, 2007

Those Funny Maths Problems

Thursday, December 13, 2007

X'mas coming, time for spring cleaning

I was surfing a while ago when I chanced upon this blog talking about springcleaning of blogs.

Oh yeah, just like houses and environment, blogs need to be re-freshed!

For Chinese, we usually do our annual springcleaning end of the year or before Chinese New Year. Usually during this period, we get new furniture, machines etc...

I have just changed the template of

I have even put up a poll station to find out if this new template appeals to you folks :)

Feel free to vote.

See you...

Monday, December 10, 2007

How to choose an effective tutor or tuition centre for O Level Students

As I was flipping through the papers, there are many advertisements on effective tutors, results,improvements guaranteed, school teachers, scholars etc...

Personally, I think with so many choices available, it is certainly not easy for students and parents to find one which will match their expectations.

I met up with a parent recently whom in fact shared with me on the centre she has enrolled her girl with. I was shocked to find out that the class has a total of 7 students of DIFFERENT levels (eg, there is a mixture of Sec 1 to Sec 4s) all taken part by a tutor. Moreover, the fees charged by this tutor is more than the average price of a group class. Well, this parent mentions that she is testing it out and sees how her girl progresses.

In my personal opinion, the following factors are important for the selection of the right tutor/coach for your learning needs:

#1:Effectiveness of tutor/coach

Having said this, I think to save the time of parents and students, I personally like the fact that there should be trial lesson provided especially for Individual Tuition Coaching sessions.
This is especially important for O Level students as time is crucial and precious. Trial lesson gives the student and parents sufficient time for the interaction with the tutor. Able to connect and communicate effectively with the student and parents are extrememly important!

#2:Track Record of previous students.

Please note the results of the students before joining the tutor/coach. Many a times, I saw the great end results produced by the students but didn't see what were the improvements made.
For example, if a student is able to breakthrough from F9 to a B within a few months. I would consider the tutor teaching methodology be to effective & beneficial.
I was told that some learning centres only take in students of certain grades (usually good grades) and reject those who did not meet their grade expectations.
I always wonder if this is the case, what is the true purposing for tuition/coaching? I need extra help only if I face a certain level of challenge otherwise if I can cope, I won't be seeking tuition/coaching.

#3: Academic Qualifications of tutor/coach

With my several years of interaction with parents, it seems like parents like school teachers. This is rather ironic, as if your child is not able to learn well from school perhaps due to a long list of reasons, would another school teacher be different? Well, I am not saying that school teachers aren't good. Some of them are in fact very experienced and knowledgeable in syllabus and teaching methodology. But once again, I strongly emphasize on the connection and rapport established between the teacher and student.

I certainly hope I have provided some useful tips for both students and parents with the selection of a right tutor/coach for your learning needs.

"Good Teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more" - Bob Talbert

Monday, December 3, 2007

O Level Essential Chemistry Concepts Coaching Programme | Tuition@Woodlands Lib

Dear students,

Sean, the O Level Chemistry Guru is holding his Essential Chemistry Concepts Coaching Programme at Woodlands Regional Library starting on 5th Jan 2008, every Sat at 1pm. It's a 2 hours sessions each Saturday.

He's currently taking in students who DID not pass their Chemistry or obtain just Borderline Pass in the subject.

Class size is kept at a maximum of 8 students to ensure maximum attention is given to every single student.

Register by calling Sean at 9 828 7357. You may contact him for any other coaching matters.

If you think you deserve more than what you are getting currently, learn from him on the simple ways of understanding chem concepts. Afterall, he has helped many students to achieve leaps in their results!

For more info, visit

** This is not the usual Chemistry Tuition for O Level students. You will not be left alone just to do papers and papers. You will be taught the essential concepts that will make big difference in your results and yet at the same time enjoy learning Chemistry with a Difference.
You got to be there to experience it!

alwaysLovely on behalf on Sean, co-founder of

P.S there is less than 5 months to mid years, less than 9 months to prelims, less than 10 months to GCE O Level!

Be Ready!