Chemistry: How Could You Effectively Study Chemistry?

In school, we have different subjects to learn and some of these are math, science, English, and history. When talking about science, there are also different branches of science that are being discussed in class, and today we are going to focus on chemistry. Chemistry is a difficult subject and not all students want it. In this article, we are going to tell you about study tips that will make learning chemistry easier.

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To start, Anne Marie Helmenstine will share to us some study tips for chemistry in her article below.

Chemistry Study Tips

Studying chemistry can be stressful and feel overwhelming. There is no magic formula for learning chemistry, but you can develop an effective strategy for success. Whether you’re in middle school, high school or college, these simple steps will get you on the right track. Basically it involves not getting behind, doing your own work, and not psyching yourself out:

  1. Don’t procrastinate!
    Cramming does not equal learning. If you wait until the night before a test to start studying you will suffer, your grades will suffer, etc. Chemistry problems take time to work. Chemistry concepts take time to master. 
  1. Don’t Procrastinate
    It’s worth repeating! In chemistry you build from one concept onto the next. You need a solid knowledge base to progress. 
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There are seven helpful tips given above that could really help us in studying chemistry. It says that we should try using highlighters, flashcards, and many others. We should really make use of our resources. Now, we are going to give you survival tips specifically for studying organic chemistry. Let us read in Anne Marie Helmenstine’s article below.

Organic Chemistry Survival Tips

Organic chemistry is often considered the hardest chemistry class. It’s not that it’s impossibly complicated, but there is a lot to absorb, in both the lab and classroom, plus you can expect to do some memorization to succeed at exam time. If you’re taking o-chem, don’t stress! Here are survival tips to help you learn the material and succeed in the class.

1) Choose How To Take Organic Chemistry

Are you more of a mental sprinter or is distance running your style?

Most school offer organic chemistry one of two ways. You can take the year-long course, broken into Organic I and Organic II. This is a good choice if you need time to digest and learn material or master lab protocols. It’s a good choice if you tend to ask a lot of questions, because your instructor will be able to take the time to answer them. Your other option is to take organic over the summer. You get the whole shebang in 6-7 weeks, sometimes with a break in the middle and sometimes straight through, start to finish. If you’re more of a cramming, run-to-the-finish type of student, this may be the way to go. You know your study style and level of self-discipline better than anyone else. Choose the learning method that works for you. Read more here.

Those tips are actually also applicable in all disciplines. One important tip given above is that we should understand, not just memorize. It is true that we will better get a good grasp of something if we know how it is done rather than just memorizing. Next, we are going to read an article by Isaiah Zhao which will tell us how we could score A for A-level H2 chem.

How to score A for A-level H2 Chem

With less than 2 months to the A-levels and the less than stellar grades students tend to receive during their JC days for Chemistry, it is no wonder that many are desperate to see their grades for Chemistry improve in the shortest period of time. Many turn to centres offering crash course programmes in a last-ditch attempt to ‘pull up’ their grades; others even somewhat resigned to the status quo at this point. Yet, the silver lining is that even with merely 2 more months, there is still hope for failing students to actually obtain an A for Chem. As unbelievable as it sounds, here are some actionable tips with regards to how you can do so.

Magic is in the practise papers
As mentioned in the post on how students should manage their time for the A-levels, the activity with the highest return of investment of time is doing practise papers. Chemistry is not the exception but perhaps the most applicable to this rule. For such a heady subject, similar to that of Mathematics, all topics would be tested and there is even an exhaustive question type list that covers more than 80% of the paper. By mastering the list of question types that would be tested, one would have mastered more than 80% of the paper. The first step to an A grade would be to spot all these common question types. Take for instance two examples of the most commonly asked questions on Chemical Energetics and Ideal Gases in the examination.Read more here.

            Practice really makes perfect. Practicing to solve questions and equation will help us master solutions. It will greatly help students study chemistry successfully. We should remember that plain reading would not be as effective as applying what you have learned. We have given you enough study skills above that will all help you in making your understanding of chemistry better. Share this to your schoolmates so you could all have an easier study of chemistry.