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Chemistry How Can Students Be Successful

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  • 1. Chemistry: How can you be successful? Information is taken from Saundra Y. Mcguire at LSU: Teaching Students How to Learn Chemistry, Memory Magic, 1999, pgs 4-5
  • 2. When you learn how to learn, learning chemistry is not hard at all!
  • 3. Remember
    • Memorizing is not the same as learning!
    • Rote learning is verbatim memorization, and is not necessarily accompanied by any understanding of the terms.
    • Meaningful learning is tied to previous knowledge and can be manipulated, paraphrased and applied to other situations.
  • 4. Four strategies for studying to learn
    • Preview or pre-read information before it is covered in class
      • Concentrating on bold-faced print, italicized writing, figures, graphs, and diagrams
        • This prepares the mind to receive and comprehend material that will be discussed.
      • Should take only 10-15 minutes
  • 5. Four strategies for studying to learn
    • 2. Go to class, and actively participate in lecture.
      • Absenteeism is one of the primary reasons why students fail.
      • Make the lecture a learning experience.
        • Active mental engagement with the material makes the lecture time study time.
  • 6. Four strategies for studying to learn
    • 3. Review and process class notes soon after class.
      • Information that is reviewed within hours of being heard is moved from short-term memory into long-term memory.
      • Spending 10-15 minutes soon after lecture reviewing the notes can substantially improve retention.
  • 7. Four strategies for studying to learn
    • 4. Use intense study sessions.
      • 2-3 Concentrated study sessions of approximately 60 minutes in duration per day.
      • Break the session into 4 parts
        • Set goals for the session (2-5 min)
        • Work to accomplish goals. (35-38 min)
        • Take a break (10 min)
        • Review what was studied (10 min)
  • 8. Why are the exams so difficult if I have done all of the homework?
    • Successful completion of homework assignments does not necessarily translate into good grades on examinations.
    • Many students read the problem, flip back through the pages to find an example similar to the problem, and then do the problem based on the example.
  • 9. Strategies for Homework Assignments
    • When you start the homework, study the information relevant to the problems as if you will be quizzed on it.
    • Treat the examples in the text and notes as homework problems without looking at the answers.
  • 10. Strategies for Homework Assignments
    • 3. Work the example problem by using information learned from studying the concepts.
    • 4. Solve the homework problems without looking at the examples. Pretending that it is a quiz may be helpful.
  • 11. How can you be successful in chemistry?
    • When you learn how to learn, learning chemistry is not hard at all!
  • 12. “ Unless you attempt to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow” Ralph Waldo Emerson