This class was tough.
AP Chemistry, overall, was an extremely exciting course. If you like to experiment and use your hands, I recommend that you sign up for this course. I liked this course because the experiments we performed were exciting and the concepts were interesting. I found it enjoyable learning about a reaction that happens on the anatomical level, and then being able to experience hands on in a lab. Be warned though, you will have to study everyday and understand the concepts thoroughly. Even though you had to work very hard to understand the concepts, your accomplishments were rewarding. This course allowed you to also learn a lot about yourself in many aspects. It allowed you to be able to learn how to act during stressful times. In all, this course will satisfy your curiosity in chemistry.
Some of the highlights of this course were the experiments that we performed in the class. It was exciting to really be able to connect the concepts with a visual aid. They were really hands on and there was a lot of thinking involved. It was also enjoyable to work with people and bounce ideas off one another. This course allowed you to also learn a lot about yourself in many aspects. It allowed you to be able to learn how to act during stressful times. For example, I learned how to break down a problem more and understand it instead of getting frustrated. I was able to learn crucial time management skills and study skills. Most importantly, through the experiments, I was able to learn how to work with others and through the collaboration of ideas, come up with a solution. Overall, I was able to enhance my skills in studying and people interactions.
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Advice for students:
If you take this course, there are a few simple steps you can follow to prevail and get a good grade. The first thing you can do is to do the homework. This is the best assessment in if you get the concepts or not. Also, it gives you hands on practice with the concepts and math portions of it. On a side note, get a good graphing calculator that can assist you in the math portions of the homework. The second step is to take extra time and study for test in advance. This will allow you time to really retain the information. Some study tips to ace every test is to read out of the textbook. The textbook further explains the concepts and gives examples to relate them to. Also, because most of the reactions happen on an anatomical level, you cannot see them clearly. This is where videos help. They will fully break down the concepts and through animations, be able to portray what exactly is happening in an easy to understand way. The last step and most important step is to ask questions. If you do not get the concept, ask about it. Don’t be shy or think that eventually you will get it. Asking will allow you to obtain further detail in the concept that was maybe not mention in class. If you follow these simple steps you will be set to tackle AP Chemistry.