Study.Skills - General Chemistry I/II (1403/4) Columbia...

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General Chemistry I/II (1403/4) Columbia University Professor Beer TIPS FOR THIS COURSE The following are some simple suggestions on how to study for this course. Many people may have developed study skills that have been successful in the past and that’s great if they work for you in this course. If they are not working, these tips, although some are obvious, may help. This course is demanding: be an active participant. A good way to think of this is that it is YOUR course. Think of your instructors and classmates as a team of valuable resources to help you learn the material. Success in this course is a team effort ; so bring questions and issues about the material to the attention of your classmates and instructors. 1. Before class : Read the material in the text before we cover it in class. Make sure you keep up with the material being covered. Take notes rather than highlighting the text; writing notes helps you remember the material better and is useful when reviewing for exams. If there is anything you find difficult or confusing in the reading, you should make sure that you pay particular attention to that topic in class. 2. In class : Ask yourself if you are following the explanations and taking notes selectively of the important information discussed or written down by the instructor (take notes even if the lecturer is not writing anything on the board, if what’s said is significant). In general, a lecture is more “student friendly” than the text and involves both auditory and visual input that reinforces what you read in the text. Paying attention to the lecture and lecturer will also offer cues as to what the instructor thinks are important concepts in the course. 3. After class : After the material is covered in class, read it again. If you are still having trouble with that topic, make a note to bring it up in class, recitation, or during office hours right away. Try to do homework problems for a particular topic the day it was covered in class; don’t wait until the lectures on the chapter are completed. In general, understanding chemistry often depends on “building” on what went before, so it’s important to master each topic or concept before going on to the next one. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2010 for the course CHEM 1404 taught by Professor Luarakaufman/rubengonzalez during the Spring '09 term at Columbia.

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