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If your textbook has a companion web site, I suggest you go there. Usually there will be Power Points, additional resources, videos, sample quizzes and other useful study aids. Also, if you don't understand something you should post the question on enotes.
Three important good tips are: (1) talk to your instructor during their available hours very often about whatever is confusing you; (2) get a study buddy or two or join (or create) a study group; (3) despite the unpopularity of memorizing, memorize what needs to be memorized, like the periodic table of elements.
- (1) Your instructor is there to help you sort out the material being taught if it is escaping you during class time.
- (2) A study buddy who is having an easier time with chemistry than you are is a great benefit (better than someone who is struggling as much as you are). Your buddy can help you through joint brain power if nothing else (science shows that electromagnetic brain wave frequencies entrain to each other just like guitar strings entrain to one another). A study group can help several people at once (but has the potential to be ineffective).
- (3) Memorizing what needs to be memorized will give the needed resources you need during test time and will insure that you better understand the concepts involved.
First of all you need to memorise the periodic table. You have a lot of funny peoms for this.
1.) As much as possible, try to internalize the basic facts, rules, principles, of Chemistry. Science is all about exploring how everything behaves, making assumptions, and proving them with scientific evidences.
2.) Chemistry involves Math. From equations, measurements, conversions, enumeration,etc. Increasing your knowledge in Math ( especially Algebra) will really help a lot.
3.) Acquiring traits such as curiosity and determination can help you with Chemistry. Using your logical skills will really help you with the subject.
4.) Improve your study habits by adding routines to the way you study. You can always take part in a study group and work with other people who you think you're comfortable with and you think will help you.
5.) Never hesitate in asking your teacher for clarifications and additional information. Every piece of information adds up to your overall knowledge in the subject. Keep in mid that ideas when it comes to science, branch with one another. One idea leads you to another and a missing link may make things hard for you.
6.) Most of all, you need to give interest to the subject. I mean, how can you learn Chemistry, when you're not even interested in learning? Always listen to your teacher and participate in the class (ask questions, clarifications, etc.). Relating your experiences in life is a crucial part of learning when it comes to Science. Of course, Science is about everything and how it behaves.
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