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Chemistry Study Suggestions Chemistry is cool! Dr. Rebecca R. Conry
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Page 2 Suggested Study Habits or How to Set Yourself Up to Succeed in Chemistry One of the hardest things about adjusting to college after high school is that most of us did not need to study very much in high school to do well, so we enter college without good study habits. If you find that is the case for you, I have compiled some suggestions for studying to point you in the right direction. Even after you have several semesters of college under your belt, it cannot hurt to think about ways to improve the study habits you have developed. (1) Read the related sections in the textbook – before the lecture or soon afterwards. Breaking the material up into smaller sections makes it easier to digest than large chunks. Most of us seem to like to wait until the end of a chapter to study it; which means that there are many concepts to think about instead of just a few. By then, you also have likely forgotten much of the material covered in lecture. You will find that it is typical in chemistry for later sections in a chapter to build upon previous concepts learned earlier in the chapter. Thus, in lecture it is assumed that the previous material is understood, and will be built upon without re-explaining the earlier concepts. If you are not caught up, you will start to find that lecture becomes less clear and more frustrating for this reason. Reading the relevant textbook sections before lecture means that you will get more out of lecture. In addition, if you make a one or two page summary of each chapter as you study that chapter, it will be much easier to review for hour exams and especially the final exam (or MCAT, or GRE…). Plus, by forcing yourself to think about what is new and important and how to condense it all down, you will more likely pay closer attention to the topics to be able to make it into a much more manageable amount of material. (2) Attend the lecture. The more times you are exposed to the material, the better chance you have of understanding it. (3) Practice, practice, practice – by doing the relevant homework problems soon after the lecture on the material Notice on the chart on the next page, from educational research, that in order to retain material you have to be more active and less passive in the learning activity. Think of learning to play a musical instrument or participate in a sport. Unfortunately, watching a gifted pianist or professional athlete for hours and hours will not develop your skill to play. This is why there are many homework problems, to give you the practice you need to really learn the material. If you do several problems a day, it doesn’t take much time, but if you wait until the day before the exam you will be overwhelmed! Also notice that a discussion group helps retention; the discussion group in this study was a small group (like with a couple of your classmates) talking about and doing the material together, rather than this
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