This class was tough.
Ghiladi is a very passionate professor who will make this lecture class very interesting. However, when you are taking notes, you have to follow them pretty quickly. After every couple of slides, he will give you time to ask questions, so don't be shy or hesitant to ask! You can always go to SI sessions, or drop in tutoring, but use all your sources before going to his office hours. He assigns homework for every lecture, so take advantage of them because they can help you succeed in tests and even help out low grades. There are only a few quizzes that he gives, but if you study after every lecture, you will be fine. For the tests, I hugely recommend Koofers to find old tests. They are pretty similar to the tests he gives out, so practice all of the problems and make sure you find the solutions to all of the problems. If you keep doing practice problems outside of the class, you will succeed in his class!
Back in highschool, I just memorized concept questions and equations. In this class, Ghiladi is very thorough and goes through the "how" and "why" of all of the materials you learn. By taking this class, you will have full comprehension of rules and laws of the periodic table. I learned an infinite amount of information through this course, so if you pay attention and study hard, you will have no problem in the higher Chemistry classes. I am currently taking Orgo 1, and I can say I am doing well and am confident on my knowledge on most of the elements on the periodic table. By taking this course, you will find yourself looking less at the periodic table because it's implanted in your brain!
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Advice for students:
You have to be self-motivated! It's not his problem if you don't do homework and not do well on tests. You have to take the time to read over the textbook, notes, and outside sources. He will provide you with about 10-15 questions for each chapter, but he does not require you to complete them. I recommend you to solve all of these problems and fully understand them, and then go online and type in similar problems. My main advice is, practice practice practice!