Chemistry: How can you be successful? Information is taken from Saundra Y. Mcguire at LSU:  Teaching Students How to Learn...
When you learn how to learn, learning chemistry is not hard at all!
Remember <ul><li>Memorizing is not the same as learning! </li></ul><ul><li>Rote learning is verbatim memorization, and is ...
Four strategies for studying to learn <ul><li>Preview or pre-read information before it is covered in class </li></ul><ul>...
Four strategies for studying to learn <ul><li>2. Go to class, and actively participate in lecture. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A...
Four strategies for studying to learn <ul><li>3. Review and process class notes soon after class. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In...
Four strategies for studying to learn <ul><li>4. Use intense study sessions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2-3 Concentrated study ...
Why are the exams so difficult if I have done all of the homework? <ul><li>Successful completion of homework assignments d...
Strategies for Homework Assignments <ul><li>When you start the homework, study the information relevant to the problems as...
Strategies for Homework Assignments <ul><li>3. Work the example problem by using information learned from studying the con...
How can you be successful in chemistry? <ul><li>When you learn how to learn, learning chemistry is not hard at all! </li><...
“ Unless you attempt to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Chemistry How Can Students Be Successful

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