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    Oct 18, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to Collegiate High School students who have previously taken Dr. Psujek for high school Chemistry. It is a more advanced review of his class (still extremely difficult) and requires extensive note taking and studying. His test are simpler than Dr. Psujek's, but his teaching style is also more difficult. He gives out a study guide about a week prior to the test. Complete it, ask questions in class, and compare your answers to the answer sheet he sends out. Mastering Chemistry homework is a requirement. It is time consuming, but it will help your grade and it teaches you information not found in lecture or the book that is required for the test. The textbook is a useful review tool, but through reading is not mandatory to make a good grade. Text books are needed, however, for practice problems for extra credit. I haven't taken him for Chemistry 2 yet, but I heard it is much harder than this course.\ To students who have not had Dr. Psujek previously, work and study really hard continuously and go to other students in the class who have had him to ask questions.

    Course highlights:

    Some of the highlights of this course include the labs (which we usually have every Thursday). Some of the ones I did included dissolving Copper in an acid and watching Magnesium burn (it gives off a bright white light). I also learned how to create chemical equations, balance them, and determine what will happen if I combine two substances together. This is really interesting especially when I combine two aqueous solutions to form a solid.

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    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Get a tutor in the ASC immediately. Their time slots will run out and you will want one eventually even if you don't think you need it. Take notes on everything mentioned in class. Read Labs prior to coming to class. Even if you can take your lab book home to finish your calculations for a lab, finish it in class no matter how long it takes. You will forget what you did after you leave the classroom.

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