I have decided to blog my academic quest through chemistry. I know many students have a hard time with this particular subject, and more than likely, you’ll have a chemistry course or two! In my nursing program, I have a course called Chemistry 151 (Chemistry Health). It is a chemistry course for those who are going into the medical field. However, each program is different, and the name varies, but the concepts and majority of what you will learn in your chemistry course will be what I’m noting within this blog. Different name, but really — there’s much of the material the same.
To prepare yourself for chemistry, you must study at least 2 – 3 hours daily! I suggest getting it down before the actual course starts. This way, you’ll feel more confident in succeeding within your course. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY! I cannot stress that enough! If you’re like me, and never had a chemistry course in your life — you’ll want to grasp as much as you possibly can! Even if you’ve had a chemistry course, maybe in high school, you still want to study and prep yourself!
- Take notes about everything you could possibly imagine! EVERYTHING!
- Buy yourself a thick notebook to write all your notes in.
- Calm your anxiety and worries about failing! You’ll be fine.
- Listen in class! If you have an online course! Trust me, you’ll still want to study! It’s not a walk in the park either way.
Learn the periodic table. More than likely, your professor will NOT give you a periodic table during a test with the names of each element. It will be a periodic table with the symbol, atomic number and relative atomic mass. The periodic table our professor gave us was like this:
ONLY WITH NO CHARGES AT THE TOP ! NO CHARGES AND NO ELEMENT NAME. It all had to be memorized. Perhaps, you could luck up and get a professor that has a different table, but I doubt it. It is best to start studying the periodic table, if you haven’t yet started your chem. course.
- I find the best way to study and learn all the element names and symbols, is to write down several everyday. Alternate across the table, and recall what you’re absorbing in. Write them down over and over. You’ll finally get them all down, or at least a good 75% of them.
I will stop there for now, and will continue on later . . .