Taking Chem In The Summer, A Bad Idea?

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Hello!

I was supposed to take Chemistry in the Spring, but due to scheduling issues (none of the sections had a time I needed) I had to push it back and take it in a later semester. I'm looking into taking Chemistry in Summer 2023, but I know I'm probably setting myself for failure, so I would like to ask; has anyone here taken Chemistry in the Summer and did really well? I'd love to hear from your experiences.

I don't have children nor do I work full time, if this information helps. And in regards to how my school's Summer session is like, it is either 6 or 8 weeks, depending on the section and what the professor offers. I am fully aware it is better to take the 8 week course if possible for obvious reasons.

(And yes, I know it's probably a little too early to ask this as Spring isn't even around. But I like planning ahead)

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CloCloAA, CNA

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I took Chemistry last Summer. It was 5 weeks and I got an A. I opted to take it all "in-person" because I didn't think I could do well in hybrid. I don't have kids and I live at home with my parents. I took those 5 weeks off from my part-time job. It wasn't too bad because that is the only thing I had to worry about for those 5 weeks. 

 

rougewitch

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@CloCloAA

Yeah, I prefer in person too. Crossing my fingers a professor offers it fully in person in the Summer. How many hours did you spent studying for Chemistry per week? I know I will have to start reading and studying Chemistry as soon as possible so I don't overwhelm myself 😅

CloCloAA, CNA

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16 hours ago, rougewitch said:

@CloCloAA

Yeah, I prefer in person too. Crossing my fingers a professor offers it fully in person in the Summer. How many hours did you spent studying for Chemistry per week? I know I will have to start reading and studying Chemistry as soon as possible so I don't overwhelm myself 😅

I studied about 2 hours each day, five days/week and didn’t miss a class or lab.

ruleighdy

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I took Chemistry a couple of years ago, and it was fine. While I had other classes, I would suggest that you take General Chemistry, Orgo I and II, and BioChem as the sole class if you can afford it( that is if you need those classes). The key is to keep practicing! If the instructor is receptive, ask them for sample problems similar to the exams: I remember our first exam being different from the practice problems we worked on, so the instructor had to curve the exam grade.  

Good luck!

rougewitch

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ruleighdy said:

I took Chemistry a couple of years ago, and it was fine. While I had other classes, I would suggest that you take General Chemistry, Orgo I and II, and BioChem as the sole class if you can afford it( that is if you need those classes). The key is to keep practicing! If the instructor is receptive, ask them for sample problems similar to the exams: I remember our first exam being different from the practice problems we worked on, so the instructor had to curve the exam grade.  

Good luck!

None of those classes you listed is required for a Cal State, where I want to apply to (All are needed for UCLA/UCI but that's not my plan, taking those classes would mean I'd have to be at my college for 3-4 years)

The Chemistry class that I do need is a  fundamentals class which does go over inorganic, organic, and biochem, however, if it means anything