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Dr. Saundra Y. McGuire
Director, Center for Academic Success
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
Louisiana State University
How...
Requirements for Acing
Chemistry 101/102
 Mastery of Chem Concepts
(not rote memorization!)
 Realistic Study Schedule
 ...
Why 101/102 is Harder
Than HS Chemistry
 The course moves a lot faster
 The material is conceptually more
difficult and ...
Judgment: the ability to
make decisions and support
views; requires
understanding of values
Synthesis
Analysis
Identificat...
STUDENTS WITH
GPA OF 3.7 OR
HIGHER
 Studied over 30 hours per week outside of class
 Reviewed material prior to class
 ...
STUDENTS WITH
A GPA OF 2.0 OR
LESS
 Studied 8-12 hours per week out of class
 Did not review material prior to class
 S...
So, What Can You Do Now?
 Spend more time studying chemistry
(at least 9 hours per week)
 Aim for 100% understanding
 U...
Use Efficient Study Strategies
When You Study Chemistry !
Study SMARTER, not HARDER
Continuous Process of Learning
Phase One:Phase One: Read or preview chapters to be covered inRead or preview chapters to b...
Intense Study Sessions
 5 minutes:5 minutes: Set goals for next 40 min.Set goals for next 40 min.
 40 minutes:40 minutes...
Get the Most Out of Lecture
 Arrive early
 Actively participate
 Review notes soon after class
 Rework all example pro...
Average Retention for
Learning Activities
(Source: National
Training Laboratories,
Bethel, ME)
20%
Audio-Visual
30%
Demons...
Get the Most Out of
Homework
 Start the problems early--the day they
are assigned
 Do not flip back to see example
probl...
Get the Most from the Help
Desk and Office Hours
 Try to understand the concept or work
the problem by yourself first
 C...
Some other important tips
- Start homework problems ONLY after reviewing,
notes, working class problems, reading text.
-Wo...
Special Problem Solving Tips
- Work extra problems!!!
- When working homework problems, DO NOT
flip back to look at exampl...
Chemistry 101/102 HELP DESKChemistry 101/102 HELP DESK
At TAMUAt TAMU
Room 116 HELDRoom 116 HELD
Mon – Thurs: 8:30am – 4:3...
ON-LINE STUDY STRATEGIESON-LINE STUDY STRATEGIES
WORKSHOPS at LSUWORKSHOPS at LSU
Time Management
College Reading and Note...
FABULOUS WEB SITE ATFABULOUS WEB SITE AT
Louisiana State UniversityLouisiana State University
WWW.CAS.LSU.EDUWWW.CAS.LSU.E...
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Acing General Chemistry

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Acing General Chemistry

  1. 1. Dr. Saundra Y. McGuire Director, Center for Academic Success Adjunct Professor of Chemistry Louisiana State University How to Ace First Year Chemistry (or at least make a high B)
  2. 2. Requirements for Acing Chemistry 101/102  Mastery of Chem Concepts (not rote memorization!)  Realistic Study Schedule  Effective Use of Resources (office hours, Help Desk, etc.)  Managing Anxiety
  3. 3. Why 101/102 is Harder Than HS Chemistry  The course moves a lot faster  The material is conceptually more difficult and cumulative  The problems are more involved  The tests are less straightforward and require you to apply concepts
  4. 4. Judgment: the ability to make decisions and support views; requires understanding of values Synthesis Analysis Identification of component parts; determination of arrangement, logic, semantics Application Use of information to solve problems; transfer of abstract or theoretical ideas to practical situations. Interpretation Identification of connections and relationships Translation Restatement in your own words; paraphrase; summary Recall Verbatim information; memorization with no evidence of understanding EvaluationCombination of information to form a unique product; requires creativity and originality
  5. 5. STUDENTS WITH GPA OF 3.7 OR HIGHER  Studied over 30 hours per week outside of class  Reviewed material prior to class  Stayed 1-2 chapters ahead in the text  Reviewed notes after class  Visited professor/instructor/tutor regularly  Studied in small groups (3-5 people) several times per week  Asked questions, asked questions, asked questions!!!
  6. 6. STUDENTS WITH A GPA OF 2.0 OR LESS  Studied 8-12 hours per week out of class  Did not review material prior to class  Stayed 1-2 chapters behind in reading  Rarely asked questions  Rarely discussed information with instructors/classmates/friends  In effect, were still in high school FOUR YEAR STUDY, R. B. LANDIS, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, 1995
  7. 7. So, What Can You Do Now?  Spend more time studying chemistry (at least 9 hours per week)  Aim for 100% understanding  Use the Help Desk and office hours  Use the Continuous Process of Learning and Intense Study Sessions  Study Smarter for Chemistry
  8. 8. Use Efficient Study Strategies When You Study Chemistry ! Study SMARTER, not HARDER
  9. 9. Continuous Process of Learning Phase One:Phase One: Read or preview chapters to be covered inRead or preview chapters to be covered in class… before class (Create chapter maps)class… before class (Create chapter maps) Phase Two:Phase Two: Go to Class. Listen actively, take notes,Go to Class. Listen actively, take notes, participateparticipate in classin class Phase Three:Phase Three: Review and process class notes as soon asReview and process class notes as soon as possible after classpossible after class Phase Four:Phase Four: Incorporate Intense Study SessionsIncorporate Intense Study Sessions RepeatRepeat
  10. 10. Intense Study Sessions  5 minutes:5 minutes: Set goals for next 40 min.Set goals for next 40 min.  40 minutes:40 minutes: Read text more selectively/highlightRead text more selectively/highlight Make doodles/notes in marginsMake doodles/notes in margins Create mnemonics, work examplesCreate mnemonics, work examples Create mapsCreate maps  5 minutes5 minutes Review what you have just studiedReview what you have just studied  10 minutes10 minutes Take a breakTake a break  RepeatRepeat
  11. 11. Get the Most Out of Lecture  Arrive early  Actively participate  Review notes soon after class  Rework all example problems done in class
  12. 12. Average Retention for Learning Activities (Source: National Training Laboratories, Bethel, ME) 20% Audio-Visual 30% Demonstration 50% Discussion Group 75% Practice by Doing 90% Teach Others/Immediate Use of Learning 5% Lecture 10% Reading
  13. 13. Get the Most Out of Homework  Start the problems early--the day they are assigned  Do not flip back to see example problems; work them yourself!  Don’t give up too soon (<15 min.)  Don’t spend too much time (>30 min.)
  14. 14. Get the Most from the Help Desk and Office Hours  Try to understand the concept or work the problem by yourself first  Come prepared to ask questions  Explain the material to the tutor or professor or study group members
  15. 15. Some other important tips - Start homework problems ONLY after reviewing, notes, working class problems, reading text. -Work extra problems!!! -To prepare for tests, go over all problems, especially those problems you could not solve. -Review examples from class, and do chapter reviews. - Keep old quizzes/tests, and ALWAYS correct returned tests.
  16. 16. Special Problem Solving Tips - Work extra problems!!! - When working homework problems, DO NOT flip back to look at examples in the text. Spend at least 15 minutes, but no longer than 25 minutes trying a problem before you seek assistance. - Visualize the problem situation. Draw diagrams. - Use front end – back end problem solving: “What can I get from what I am given?” “What do I need to get what I am trying to find?” - Estimate the answer, if possible. Check you answer to make sure it is in the “ballpark”.
  17. 17. Chemistry 101/102 HELP DESKChemistry 101/102 HELP DESK At TAMUAt TAMU Room 116 HELDRoom 116 HELD Mon – Thurs: 8:30am – 4:30pm Fri: 8:30am – 12:30pm
  18. 18. ON-LINE STUDY STRATEGIESON-LINE STUDY STRATEGIES WORKSHOPS at LSUWORKSHOPS at LSU Time Management College Reading and NoteTaking Managing Test Anxiety Test Taking Strategies Concept Mapping
  19. 19. FABULOUS WEB SITE ATFABULOUS WEB SITE AT Louisiana State UniversityLouisiana State University WWW.CAS.LSU.EDUWWW.CAS.LSU.EDU  Study Smarter Workshops On LineStudy Smarter Workshops On Line  Weekly and Semester PlannersWeekly and Semester Planners  GPA CalculatorGPA Calculator  Great LinksGreat Links Web Page DevelopmentWeb Page Development  Study Strategies SitesStudy Strategies Sites  Graduate Exam LinksGraduate Exam Links (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT)(GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT)

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