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CHEMISTRY 1061 Principles of Chemistry 1

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    • Profile picture
    Jul 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Great professor, very organized

    Course highlights:

    really enjoyed her hybrid course, very straightforward

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    don't get behind and study often

    • Fall 2016
    • Ruth Robinson
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours
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    Nov 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it gave a giant overview of what chemistry entails. There was a lot of information being thrown at me, but it wasn't in some random order. Each section was built on top of the last section, and they either helped reinforce an older concept or brought something new to the table that was connected to the older concepts. I will say this: because of the heavy load, you'll really want to learn how to study effectively. I hadn't learned how to take notes well beforehand, so I felt like I was falling behind at the beginning of the semester. It isn't impossible, though. With strong determination, the class will work out fine.

    Course highlights:

    I learned lots of chemical processes, but I think the study habits I learned were more important. I learned that everyone can do well in a difficult class, as long as they ask for help and make a good effort to prepare themselves before lecture. That way, some questions they might have had during lecture would be answered at home, leaving room for the more difficult and critical questions.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be ready to read the textbook a lot. The equations are difficult to remember sometimes, and if you rely solely on lecture material, you might not understand and remember all the concepts. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. The teacher will appreciate your inquiry and your peers will be thankful in the end.

    • Fall 2015
    • Joanna Piotrowska
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    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Nov 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would highly recommend this course, the professor was wonderful and I found the material to be very interesting. This course has provided me a very good base for my Organic Chemistry class I will be taking at University of Minnesota Rochester, as well as numerous other courses I will be taking in the future.

    Course highlights:

    The main highlight of this course for me was the laboratory work. I am a hands-on learner, so to be able to burn off different substances, and bring them back through the cycle was very beneficial in comprehending the material we were learning in lecture. Professor Piotrowska was always there if we had any questions and would work through them until we understood. Another highlight of this course was having an SI (student instructor). Our SI put together study sessions before our exams that we could have the option of attending. I learned to be comfortable with asking questions, even if it seems like others understand the concept. I also learned the best techniques for studying; not only that, but how to spread out my studying so that I do not cram everything in all at once. I highly recommend this course to other students.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise students to study material very frequently. While this was an interesting course, it was not an easy one. When you don't understand a concept, ask for help right away. Stay on top of the homework, do extra practice problems, and form a study group with a few other tutors. The most important thing is to utilize your resources.

    • Fall 2016
    • Joanna Piotrowska
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