How to Succeed in First Year Chemistry by club56


									  How to Succeed
First Year Chemistry

Dr. Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt
Associate Director,
First Year Chemistry Program
    1. School is your job.

       The old axiom: study 3 hours
        outside of class for every 1 credit
       Therefore,
        12 hour courseload
           = 36 hour study time/week
        Total school time per week
            = 12 + 36 = 48 hours

        (This isn’t high school anymore.)

                  Department of
2                Chemistry, TAMU
    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

                   Department of
3                 Chemistry, TAMU
        3. Don’t be afraid of your

       Ask questions in class – sit in the
        “magic T” (the front middle
        section) to minimize the “fear”
       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!

                  Department of
4                Chemistry, TAMU
        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
       All info on the web page:

                 Department of
5               Chemistry, TAMU
    5. The Web Pages

    You will find on your prof’s page:
      o   Sample exam questions (generic)
          (Some profs put their old exams
      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

                  Department of
6                Chemistry, TAMU
    6. Lab Web Page

       On the lab web page for each
         o Hints on doing well in lab
         o List of the TAs and e-mail
         o Make-Up Policy & form
         o AGAIN – link to the math review
           – all TAs deduct points for
           incorrect significant figures

                 Department of
7               Chemistry, TAMU
        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
                  Department of
8                Chemistry, TAMU
    7. (cont.) How to do well in

       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
       Lab quizzes do reflect the theory
        and calculations done in lab.
        Some profs also include lecture

                  Department of
9                Chemistry, TAMU
    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
       If you are having personal
        problems, visit with your prof
        and/or see me (I’m a TAMU
        Mentor) ASAP in Room 116C
1                Keeney-Kennicutt,
                  Department of
0                Chemistry, TAMU

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