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How to Succeed in First Year Chemistry


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How to Succeed in First Year Chemistry

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How to Succeed in First Year Chemistry

  1. 1. How to Succeed in First Year Chemistry by Dr. Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt Associate Director, First Year Chemistry Program
  2. 2. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU2 1. School is your job.  The old axiom: study 3 hours outside of class for every 1 credit hour.  Therefore, 12 hour courseload = 36 hour study time/week Total school time per week = 12 + 36 = 48 hours (This isn’t high school anymore.)
  3. 3. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU3 2. GO TO CLASS!  Nothing can replace the experience of “being” there – o The explanations o The demos o The in-class quizzes o Announcements o Hints for the exams  You can get the notes from friends, the web or go to tutors, but it’s not the same.  Read before class
  4. 4. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU4 3. Don’t be afraid of your professor  Ask questions in class – sit in the “magic T” (the front middle section) to minimize the “fear” factor  Visit your prof before or after class and during office hours  Send her/him e-mails  Get to know your prof – you may be asking for letters of recommendation in the future!
  5. 5. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU5 4. Take advantage of all FREE help.  TA Office Hours in Rm 116 HELD (8:30-12:30 & 1:30-4:30 daily Friday closes at 12:30pm)  SI Sessions  Prof Office Hours & Review Sessions  All info on the web page:
  6. 6. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU6 5. The Web Pages You will find on your prof’s page: o Sample exam questions (generic) (Some profs put their old exams on) o A way to check grades on the web o Math Review o Class notes, syllabi, good info (my page has notes for both Chem 101 and 102) o Links to tutorials/help
  7. 7. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU7 6. Lab Web Page  On the lab web page for each prof: o Hints on doing well in lab o List of the TAs and e-mail addresses o Make-Up Policy & form o AGAIN – link to the math review – all TAs deduct points for incorrect significant figures
  8. 8. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU8 7. How to do well in lab (1/4 of grade)  Give yourself enough time to read the lab, complete the prelab, report form and postlab so you can get help. Don’t wait until the hour before lab starts!  Come prepared to lab – Remember safety goggles and correct attire.  Do your own work – Academic dishonesty is a serious offense. It’s OK to work together, just use your own data and your own words.
  9. 9. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU9 7. (cont.) How to do well in lab  Listen to your TA during recitation & ask questions  Visit your TA during office hours  Make copies of prelabs, report forms and postlabs. You may not get them back in time to study for quizzes.  Lab quizzes do reflect the theory and calculations done in lab. Some profs also include lecture material.
  10. 10. Keeney-Kennicutt, Department of Chemistry, TAMU10 8. What Else?  Try to recognize EARLY if you are having trouble with Chemistry. There is lots of help available – but you have to know that you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  If you are having personal problems, visit with your prof and/or see me (I’m a TAMU Mentor) ASAP in Room 116C HELD.