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STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY Workshops for General Chemistry Description: The chemistry workshops are intended to help you maximize your performance in introductory chemistry courses. During workshops you will work with a team of 2-3 other students on activities designed to increase your understanding of course topics, your ability to apply these in simple contexts, and your ability to solve problems. Students who regularly attend and participate in workshops score significantly higher on exams. People: Your Workshop Instructor is a graduate teaching assistant who has been carefully trained to run your workshop. The Workshop Coordinator is Dr. Troy Wolfskill, who will work with the instructors each week to help them do the best job they can. While all of the workshop instructors have an excellent grasp of chemistry, some of them speak English as a second language. Dr. Wolfskill will be working with these instructors each week to improve their communication skills. If you have difficulty communicating with your instructor, be patient, listen and speak carefully, and let them know of specific difficulties you have in communicating with them so they can work on improving. If you have continued difficulties, please see Dr. Wolfskill in Chemistry Room 575. Textbooks: See the handout for your course. Office Hours: Each instructor will be available for at least one to two hours each week in the Chemistry Learning Center, Chemistry Room 312. The schedule will be announced in lecture and posted in Blackboard. While you are encouraged to see your own instructor for assistance, you are welcome to see anyone associated with your course. Required Materials: You will need to bring to each workshop a pen or pencil, a calculator, and a ring binder containing your completed homework assignments for the previous week. Each team will also need a textbook. Individuals or teams who fail to bring these may have points deducted from their grade. Why We Have Workshops . The format of the workshops can be understood through an analogy to a sport like swimming. The workshops are like swimming practice and the instructors are like coaches. During practice, coaches do not have you sit on the edge of the pool while they show you how to swim, after which you go home to practice on your own. Instead, they have you do the swimming so they can observe you and provide guidance to improve your performance. Because there are too many students for the instructor to observe and help
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