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gcrowe404
Take up Chemistry by myself? (January 5th Year)

I am thinking of taking on chemistry for the Leaving Cert because I'm seriously thinking of studying Dentistry or Medicine after the LC. I currently have Physics but not Biology or Ag Sci. I study 7 subjects as is and I got great Christmas results so I'm not struggling. Given I have just over a year, is it possible to take up Chemistry? Also, would it be possible to teach myself? I can't take it up in school.


21 Comments
Muhammad1234
Yeah it's possible if you have good concise notes
Shamskareem7
youd need additional help so i advise you to get a chemistry grind!
Shamskareem7
youd need additional help so i advise you to get a chemistry grind!
aoife7lynch
I think in terms of the time frame, there is plenty of time. In terms of teaching yourself, some chapters may be difficult to understand without some teaching so i'd recommend a grind. the conical flask online also offers some great resources i have used to teach myself chapters from lockdown :) good luck
esther110xx
To be honest chemistry is quite a challenging subject that requires a lot of hard effort so i would strong advise you to take up grinds in this subject as well as spending extra hours burning the midnight oil if you want to excel!
esther110xx
To be honest chemistry is quite a challenging subject that requires a lot of hard effort so i would strong advise you to take up grinds in this subject as well as spending extra hours burning the midnight oil if you want to excel!
ellendeneher
For some of the chapters with calculations chemistry can be difficult to teach yourself. You might need grinds, but if you were willing to spend some time over the summer on it you could have a lot covered before the start of 6th year :)
Smartypantaloons
I agree chemistry can be challenging and a good teacher is vital to ensure you understand calculations!
Thomas101
Thomas101
you could do it yourself no problem, my teacher is useless but there are loads of great resources online !! you could defo teach yourself but it would take up a lot of time so take that into consideration
Andrewmcg
Andrewmcg
well you need two sciences for medicine/dentistry so you should but i dont think ur allowed do chemistry outside of school as there is lots of experiments
Ellac24
Ellac24
its tought but you have plenty of time :)
Tymides995
As others have said, I definitely would recommend getting grinds for it, too. I missed a week of school and I had to catch up. It was really hard doing it by myself, without a teacher there to help talk me through stuff. But if you're motivated enough,give it a go!
iva2803
iva2803
if you need it for your course do it, otherwise, it would be too exhausting taking up chemistry as an extra subject
Ellakavanagh
Would you not pick chemistry and biology and do physics extra since chemistry and biology are entry requirements not physics.
ChristineLowry2000
I honestly don't recommend doing that as Chemistry is a very difficult subject to study outside of school. As you won't be doing the experiments at all. So you would need to watch them all online as they are on youtube. Experiments are worth 25% of the exam so you would need to learn all of them extremely well. You would need to be doing grinds as some parts of the Chemistry curiculum are more difficult than others. I know this because I studied Chemistry outside of school when I was in 6th year and it was difficult and stressful. I did it in school in 5th year but I left class in 6th year due to stress related issues with the class environment. The only reason I was advised and didn't give up Chemistry was because I would have only had six subjects as I didn't study Irish and would be in trouble if one of my other subjects didn't go to plan. I think that it would exhausting to study 8 subjects and if you did that it is very realistic that you would only pass Chemistry at higher level and the exam in general is difficult. I did get a H4 in Chemistry in 2020 and I was lucky to do so. I hope that this helps. :relaxed:
ChristineLowry2000
You are better to focus on your other seven subjects. You could do LC Chemistry the year after you have done the rest of your LC subject exams.
Rubo
Rubo
Take an online grind in the institute etc and just learn the notes ull b grand
lilyfitz123456789
tbh chemistry is a good subject but its hard and without a good teacher or a teacher at all it will be challenging, i would say at least get grinds
jojo6440
jojo6440
To start u off I recommend theconicalflask.ie as a website resource for notes, Worksheets and quizzes XD
jojo6440
jojo6440
wrote the website wrong lol: Theconicalflask.ie
jojo6440
jojo6440
Nevermind XD XD just type it into google u will find it there:joy:
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