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Can anyone kindly give me some tips on how to study chemisrty?Most of the time i forget...

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shihan | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted January 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM via web

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Can anyone kindly give me some tips on how to study chemisrty?

Most of the time i forget the things i have studied.specialy inorganic section.and have lot of problems in chemical calculations.so what can i do?

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mlsiasebs | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted February 6, 2012 at 8:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Here are some suggestions to help you be more successful in chemistry

  1. Read your book (preferably before you cover the material in class).
  2. As soon as you can after class, go through your notes and make a list of questions you have.  Be as specific as possible with your questions - 'why did we use 3 here?' instead of 'how do you do stoichiometry problems'?
  3. For things you have to memorize (solubility rules, polyatomic ions, etc), make flashcards. 
  4. Do practice problems; lots of them!  When you do a problem, pay close attention to the units to make sure the units are cancelling correctly.  If the units aren't working out correctly, then your answer won't be correct. 
  5. Take the time to set up the calculation before you pull out your calculator to do the math.
  6. If you do a question multiple times before getting it right make sure you look at the incorrect attempts to see what you did incorrectly.  Did you invert a conversion factor?  Forget to convert from kJ to J? Did you miscalculate a molar mass?  This well help you make a mental checklist of things to watch out for on future problems.
  7. Spend time doing some chemistry every day rather than doing a marathon session in one day or right before an exam!
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sansatschool | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 12, 2012 at 4:57 AM (Answer #3)

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The operative word there is "study".  You cannot learn chemistry during the time you are in class.  You must spend time with your book, notes, and practice problems.  No knowing what level you are studying here are a couple of more ideas:

      Set up a study group with your friends and REALLY go over what was covered in class.  Ask each other questions to learn vocabulary or basic concepts.

     ASK FOR HELP from your teacher of instructor.  Sometimes just a few minutes of clarification can make that "light bulb" go off and it all becomes clear.

     Set up problems in an organized way and do them neatly.  Make sure to write what you know, need to know, and a plan to find the answer.  Place units in any calculations and make sure they cancel and give you what you are looking for !  BEFORE calculating, but once you have set up the problem, make an estimate and then check your answer against that to make sure it makes sense.

     Study daily by reviewing what was done in class that day (10 minutes usually is all that is needed) - This helps ig "stick".

     Help someone else... teaching is the best way to learn.


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