Before I came to Ace Brainery, I wasn't exactly failing chem but neither did I have a lot of confidence in the subject. It was my worse science and I had adopted the attitude that I could only mug hard and memorise everything before the exam, that Chemistry was a subject of memorisation. But when Mr Wilson started teaching me in August of Sec 3 year, teaching and explaining concepts to me, things started to click. I was able to look at topics in a new light, and things that I previously had to work hard to memorise, I was now able to see the reasons why they were as such, and understand the underlying concepts and explanations, and suddenly Chemistry was not as hard as it had seemed before. Throughout the whole of my Year 4 as well Mr Wilson was extremely helpful, especially with regards to the harder topics. He would take the time to explain the reasons why this thing was such-and-such, and in exams or during class, even if I was not able to recall from memory the exact way a series or an answer should be, I could work from the explanations and underlying concepts and derive the correct answer, and I think that's the biggest impact Mr Wilson left on me. He helped me see that Chemistry was not a subject where whoever could memorise and regurgitate the best would score; there was understanding and application involved. That was a new way of thinking for me back in Sec 3, and it's stuck with me ever since. Even though now I am no longer under Mr Wilson the ideas and concepts of using First Principles to derive more difficult properties is something that continues to help me greatly in learning, understanding, studying for and appreciating Chem. Thank you sir!
Keith Lee Rui Yi from ACS Independent (2017)
IP Chemistry Y4 Grade: 92.5%