Chemistry, is a subject which requires hard work and effort to master. Chemistry entails equations, formulas, and concepts; some of these may have to be memorized, while others require a clear understanding of chemical structures and math equations. To excel in chemistry, you’ll need to practice good study habits and pay attention during the class, lab, and while doing homework. Chemistry demands a lot of patience, enthusiasm and most importantly, a good relationship with the subject.
Here are some tips to master and score in Chemistry:
- Read and revise the assigned chemistry material before going to class.
- Listen to your chemistry teacher in class. (Well, it depends, what happen is the teacher’s problem.)
- Ask questions. (Well, it depends too, how well can your teacher answer your questions.)
- Take plenty of notes. This is exceptionally important as pinning down the important points that your teacher has presented in a class period will help you to understand key topics and ideas.
- Review your notes from class. (make it a chore every day, about 20 to 30 minutes)
- Make your own notes. (Using different techniques like flash cards to remember the chemical symbols and terminology or flowcharts and mindmaps to outline the reactions steps and products etc)
- Make sure you understand the basics: to do well on any test or exam, you’ll need to have mastered the basics of chemistry, so you can solve more complex problems when they’re presented.
- Once you’re proficient at simple chemistry questions, increase the difficulty until you’re working complicated questions. If you need help, talk to your teacher or classmates.
- Work through every problem step-by-step. Many students skip certain chemistry problems as they can be time consuming. However, they are also one of the most important parts of succeeding at chemistry. Learn from the mistakes you’ve made in previous problems, and don’t move on to the next until you can solve each problem correctly.
- Work hard but study smart!
Question from student: What if I have done all the above but still do not score well in Chemistry?
Answer: Identify the problem. It could be from the resources (i.e. teachers or notes) you have received or you need more guidance to study. Seek help, such as by going for tuition.
Here’s how to choose a good Chemistry tuition class.
- Find a tuition centre which provides topical notes and assignments to review topics proficiently. The notes need to be precise and strategized to let students understand the flow of knowledge better.
- Look for a structured curriculum with tips to score in exams.
- A small class capacity of 4 – 8 students gives you a more personalized attention and learning opportunity.
- A teacher who is experienced not just in teaching, but has related industrial experiences to share the application and concepts in better perspective.
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Personal Achievements: 8 years working experiences in chemical engineering and research industry: Process Engineer in a MNC Swiss Company, Lab Manager in water filtration, Research Fellow in biopharmaceutical company.
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