FAQ’s

Will I pass the GAMSAT if I do this course?
I have no Chemistry background. Is the course appropriate for me?
I have done Chemistry at University. Is the course appropriate for me?
What is the difference between the cbsquared course and the ADUChem Bridging course presented on the University of Adelaide Website?
What is the difference between Des O’Neill’s Science Revision Course and the cbsquared course?
I am already taking Des O’Neill’s Science Revision Course. What will I gain from completing the cbsquared course as well?
My university course has Year 12 Chemistry as a prerequisite. Will this course satisfy these requirements?
My university course has Year 12 Chemistry as assumed knowledge. Will this course prepare me?
What if I need one-on-one tuition?

 

Will I pass the GAMSAT if I do this course?

The million dollar question! Obviously this depends on you and is something I cannot guarantee. However, I can guarantee you will receive a huge amount of support and resources, and along with some hard work and commitment, you can fulfil your potential. Many students who have taken my course have improved their mark for section III of the GAMSAT by 10 points or more. You will benefit immensely from meeting other students in the same boat as you. You can form study groups together, bounce questions off each other, and help keep each other motivated.

 

I have no Chemistry background. Is the course appropriate for me?

Yes! The course has been designed to teach the concepts required from the basics, to the very high level as required by the GAMSAT. The first four topics cover the basic chemistry that underpins all of the understanding for the remaining 16 topics.

Chances are, even if you have studied Chemistry in Year 12 and/or 1st year university, there are holes in your understanding which will cause problems as you start to move onto more difficult concepts. The cbsquared course ensures that you have an excellent grasp of all the basics which makes learning more difficult topics and taking on more tricky questions much easier. It also introduces topics that are not taught in Year 12 or 1st Year University.

 

I have done Chemistry at University. Is the course appropriate for me?

If you have seen the official practice materials for the GAMSAT, you will be aware that the Chemistry is of quite a high level and requires an understanding of Chemistry topics that are not taught at a first year university level. The level of organic chemistry is above a first year level, and some aspects of physical chemistry are not taught until second year, or are only taught in very small detail. The cbsquared course makes sure you have all bases covered when it comes to the GAMSAT.

 

What is the difference between the cbsquared course and the bridging course on the University of Adelaide Website?

I was a tutor for the ADUChem Bridging course since 2006. The course has since been substituted with a course run by professional and continuing education (PCE) as the academic running the ADUChem course could no longer run the course. The current PCE course is run for two weeks during the day in early February to cover first semester Chemistry and again mid semester to prepare for second semester. It is designed to cater to students that have no chemistry background, and are entering into Foundations of Chemistry 1 once they start university.

The pace and amount of chemistry material covered is far less than what is required for GAMSAT. In addition, by February when the PCE course starts, you will need to be well beyond the basic level of chemistry that the PCE course teaches, if you are sitting the GAMSAT in March.

However, if you intend to sit the GAMSAT the following year, the PCE courses would be a good place to start and get the basics of chemistry, followed by more advanced chemistry taught in cbsquared later that year. However, the cbsquared course teaches all the basics as well, so there is no need to sit both courses if it does not suit. For more information about the PCE course, see the Adelaide University website, professional and continuing education page.

 

What is the difference between Des O’Neill’s Science Revision Course and the cbsquared course?

Many people find Des O’Neill’s materials quite demanding, and this is because you need have a strong grasp of the basics before tackling the Des O’Neill’s material or official ACER material. The cbsquared course bridges this gap.

Des O’Neill’s Attendance Science Revision Course now no longer run, however it used to run for three days in January. In this time, you will cover Physics, Biology and Chemistry. There is a large amount of Chemistry in the GAMSAT, comprising 40% of the Science section (section III).

The cbsquared course includes a minimum 30 hours of contact time in the form of interactive “lectorials”, over 10 weeks. Des O’Neill’s course is approximately 21 hours of seminars in three days. The cbsquared course is distributed over 10 weeks with the intention that material is worked on at home and any questions addressed in sessions the following week. Des O’Neill’s course is three days in January, running as an intensive revision session, with little time for interactive question time.

You will find a list of topics that need to be covered for chemistry alone in the course syllabus. This amount of material would normally be covered over more than a full year of first year university study, normally having been preceded by the study of chemistry at year 12 level.

The cbsquared course is specifically designed to teach the essentials from such a large topic breadth. This 10 week course provides more time to effectively grasp concepts, while having an experienced tutor on hand to answer your questions and provide support week after week.

You may find it difficult to grasp all the concepts in such a short space of time if you have limited background in chemistry. cbsquared is run over 10 weeks in order to take you from a novice level chemist to a higher level, so that you are able to start tackling the trickier multiple choice questions you will find in the official ACER GAMSAT preparation books.

 

I am already taking Des O’Neill’s Science Revision Course. What will I gain from completing the cbsquared course as well?

You will benefit in different ways from both courses, and they work well in conjunction with one another. Do not expect to be able to learn the huge amount of concepts required in Des O’Neill’s three day science revision seminar alone.

You will need some background chemistry knowledge first to even begin to be able to answer the questions provided in the official ACER GAMSAT preparation materials. The same applies for the questions provided in Des O’Neill’s materials.

The cbsquared course is purposely scheduled much earlier so that you can have the maximum preparation and as much background knowledge in chemistry as you can, in order to get the most out of Des O’Neill’s intense three day course in January.

 

My university course has Year 12 Chemistry as a prerequisite. Will this course satisfy these requirements?

Although the cbsquared 10 week course is not officially accredited, it has been accepted by BOND University as adequate chemistry training. You should check with your University, as cbsquared has no control over what different Universities will deem adequate preparation for their courses, and different universities have different rules.

 

My university course has Year 12 Chemistry as assumed knowledge. Will this course prepare me?

Many courses require assumed knowledge of Chemistry. Such courses include some Bachelor of Science degrees, Animal Science or VET Science degrees, and Bachelor of Curation amongst others. Many students who have never studied chemistry or have studied it some time ago, prefer to have an introduction to Chemistry before they are thrown into the deep end at University. Students who have done the cbsquared course report feeling much more at ease with the basics of Chemistry when they start their course and better able to tackle more tricky concepts. They are under less stress than many other students and are very grateful to have done the cbsquared course.

Please be aware that an “assumed knowledge” of chemistry is very different from chemistry being a prerequisite for entry to the course. Be sure that you are clear about the specific requirements of your University.

 

What if I need one-on-one tuition?

Sometimes, you just want to have the undivided attention of someone that can answer all of your questions. Cbsquared offers tuition for all students for GAMSAT preparation, secondary school students and university. Check out the tuition page for more information.

 

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