High School Chemistry (Basic or Honors course)

High School Chemistry (Basic or Honors course)

All of our tutors are experienced teachers at highly regarded, competitive schools, who have taught their subjects extensively and have received excellent student evaluations throughout their careers.

Some Background

Generally taken in the tenth or less commonly eleventh grade, basic or honors chemistry (as distinguished from AP* Chemistry) cover much of the same material though honors chemistry goes into far more depth. Stumbling blocks in both courses include stoichiometry and mole concepts, balancing equations, balancing equations by redox numbers, kinetics, equilibrium and acid/base chemistry.

See our blog, How to Effectively Study for HS Chemistry and Physics

Topics covered will include:

  • Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR)
  • Electron Orbital Configuration
  • Periodic Table Trends and their relation to atomic structure
  • Gas Laws
  • Introduction to quantum mechanics
  • Intermolecular forces

Will this course prepare you for the SAT Subject Test in Chemistry?

Yes! Provided your particular course covers a sufficient breadth of topics, and if you are at a B+ or above during the year, you have reason to expect a good result on your Chemistry SAT Subject Test. You should start prepping for it at least 2 months in advance of your test date, so no later than early April.


Here is a tip: Do the lab write-up as soon after you have completed the lab as possible. Your observations and general understanding of the lab begin to fade pretty rapidly after a day or so.

How our tutors can help:

Your exams will largely reflect what was covered in class, so you will be expected to demonstrate a command of this material. We teach it, so we will know what is expected of you.

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