One of the most common questions that I am asked in the general chemistry class is, “How can I get an A in this class?” The answer is pretty simple, do the assignments and do well on the exams. There is some excellent advice on these topics at the ULC website, please take some time to look through the material.
First, do all of the assignments. Make sure your lab reports, recitation worksheets, and online homework are done at least a day before they are due. That will prevent any printer breakdowns, last minute concert invites, or just problems with the material that might prevent you from submitting your work. You should view these assignments as automatic points because you can get help if needed.
Preparing for the exams is more challenging. The first question is how you do you know how well you will do on the exam? This has an easy answer, if you can explain all of the material you will do fine on the exam. Set your bar to being able to teach the material, and make sure you can teach all of the material on the exam. Try to express something in different ways, so if you know how to apply an equation, make sure you can also describe what the equation is saying in words. Your recitation will help you think about things in different ways here.
Louisiana state university has a nice simple 5 step model to prepare for exams. It can be found here: https://www.lsu.edu/cas/earnbettergrades/vlc/CAS_VLC_StudyCycleFSS.pdf and a short video is found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vEWBnIqxcg.
For more information please contact:
Joseph M. Serafin
Chair of the Department of Chemistry[email protected]
321 St. Albert Hall