Welcome to Chem 400
Keys to Success studying for this class. Some of you will
require less, but others may need even
Chem 400 is the first “hard-core” science more than that!
class that many of you have ever taken. The Study in 1-2 hr blocks of time
expectations for this class are greater than you You do not study effectively during the
may be accustomed to. The typical drop rate first 10-15 minutes and your attention
in this class, regardless of instructor, is 40- span dwindles after 1.5-2 hrs.
60%! I am not telling you this to scare you, Form Study Groups
but to help make sure you do not become one Chemistry is
of the statistics. Here are some things that one subject
you can do to ensure that you complete the that is very
class successfully: difficult to
Attend EVERY class session. your own. But remember, you need to
(I test on things covered in fully participate in a group for it to be
lecture that may not be useful. If you let others do all the work
discussed in the book.) during practice sessions, you will not be
Read the chapter BEFORE able to do the work by yourself on the
the lecture. exam.
(My lecture will make much more sense Attend Beacon Sessions
if you are not hearing about the topic for Beacon sessions are peer turoring
the very first time.) groups. It often helps to hear a different
DO THE HOMEWORK! explanation of the same subject from
(Being able to do someone who struggled through it just
chemistry problems like you.
successfully takes lots of Come to office hours
practice. You need to Don’t wait until the last day before the
develop the memory drop deadline to come and get help. Seek
pathways the way you help early and often!
would develop muscles by doing
exercises over and over again.)
Set Aside Time For Studying. I hope we all have a
(We all have very busy lives and if we
don’t save some special time for great semester
studying, it often does not get done. On together!
average, you should
expect to spend 8-10
hours a week outside Professor Linda Nuss
of class time reading,
doing homework, and