Talk to me about chemistry! - page 2

So next month i'll be starting chemistry 1. I'm terrified at this point! I need to do really well, but I am so nervous! Can anyone tell me what the course is about? What will I be... Read More

  1. by   purplekath
    Oh chemistry - the bain of my life at the moment! My best advice is:

    * Do your READING...don't get behind. If you can, read it three times - once before the lecture, once after the lecture and once again before you sit for any tests.

    * Get onto the internet and find relevant practice quizzes. I'm lucky because my lecturer puts them up for us. But I also use internet ones too. Then PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. I've done around 250 practice quizzes since the start of the semester. Takes time yes, but better to take the time than to lay awake at night stressing over stuff!

    * If you don't get it after reading your textbook a few times, search the internet for answers...often there is another way to look at something that seems hard.

    * When you get a mathematical formula for chemistry, write it down and work two or three problems using the formula each day. Over a semester, this equates to 300+ problems you've you'll know them inside out at the exam.

    * Never miss a lecture -- if you must miss one, don't make it chemistry. You need to LISTEN to someone who eats, breathes and sleeps chemistry.

    * If you are struggling early in the semester, get a study group going. Meet each week and work through the stuff that's confusing.

    * If you are still struggling by mid-semester, hire a tutor.

  2. by   FutureNurse2005
    Thanks for all your replies! I will be taking Chem through correspondence...will it be tougher than if I took it in class? I will make good use of the internet, it was my best friend in biology 1!

    I appreciate your tips, and will take them to heart!!
  3. by   AGoodmanRNbound
    I believe that anyone can pass any class if you believe you can. (Outside of actually having a learning disability, of course.) If you go in with the attitude that it is too hard and that you cannot do it, you will FAIL. I remember when I first took chem 1, my sophomore year in college, I was frightened because of everything I had heard about chemistry. I Believed I talked my own self out of an A. By mid term I was making a C, so I dropped the class. The next semester, I made myself believe that I could pass the class. I came out with an easy A. The mind is a powerful weapon. It is your choice, to use it for good or! Just study and you'll do fine. It is absolutely nothing to stress over. After that class, I ended of taking several more chemistry classes: Chem 2, Organic 1 & 2, Biochem 1, quantitative analysis,
    forensic science & instrumental analysis. If you would have told me that I would have taken all of those classes, I would have never believed it. I only needed to change my attitude and it worked. Good Luck!!

    PS: I passed everything with flying colors except for instrumental analysis. It was too boring!! I could never quite psyche myself out about that class. In fact, that class is the reason why I graduated with a major in biology instead of forensic!
    I think MyReign is 100% correct!
  4. by   manna
    I just finished taking Chemistry online - quite challenging, but now that it's over I think I psyched myself up to believe it was harder than it actually was in reality.

    One word: do NOT get behind in a Chemistry course. If there's something you don't understand, don't hesitate to seek help. Chemistry, in my experience, is definately a cumulative course. You have to learn and remember the basics of each step to progress to and understand the next subject area.

    Good luck!
  5. by   BabyRN2Be
    If you are having trouble, you may want to consider going to I've just come across this from another post in this forum. It looks like chemistry is going to be one of my big stumbling blocks as well.

    Thank you all for your suggestions, although I'm not the OP, I find them to be very helpful. I'm going to be taking Intermediate Algebra this fall just to get prepared.
  6. by   Chevelle
    You know what my biggest fear with chemistry was? The labs. I was so afraid I was going to blow up the whole class! On my first day, I asked other students and found out that most of them had the same fear! Chemistry is really quite fascinating when you start applying it to everyday life. My advice would be:

    to go to every class (the number one success guarantee is to always attend)

    take good notes

    do the readings

    before your lab, apply what you are learning in class to the lab so when you get there you will understand what you are looking for and therefore be able to learn from it

    never be afraid to ask for help-from the professor, other students or a tutor (most colleges have tutors on the campus for classes such as these)

    have fun-chemisty can be loads of fun if you let it

    Good luck!
  7. by   FutureNurse2005
    thanks for the link to the chemtutor site! I briefly looked over it and I think it will be useful!