Yadster101

7+ Year Member
Jan 4, 2010
490
145
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
Ok guys hey so im a high school senior who plans on attending UIllinois next year. I took regular chem sophmore year and didnt really learn anything because we had a brand new teacher. Now i have to take a placement exam in the summer for chem and im scared that i will fail.

Also im scared that im going to fail chem in college because i have very little prior experience with it since i never took AP chem. I dont really want to take it over the summer at a CC because it will most likely count towards my GPA which i dont want it to.

What should i do?? Any tutors i should seek in the summer????
 

Banana of doom

Lakers Ftw
Feb 21, 2010
9
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Dental
Stop worrying, as long as you can count and know the periodic table you should be fine. if you want to feel safe go ahead and get a tutor but i wouldn't advise it, better things to do with your time and money during the summer.
 

Tots

c/o 2018
Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2008
4,147
294
Chicago
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
I came into college not knowing any chemistry(what is a mole??) and I still did good in class and passed the placement test. The placement test was ALL math, basically it was just seeing if you had the necessary math background to grasp chemistry(algebra 1, 2).
They teach you all the chemistry they are going to test you on. Don't worry. Enjoy summer and don't be intimidated your first quarter just work hard, you will be fine!
 
About the Ads

Yadster101

7+ Year Member
Jan 4, 2010
490
145
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
nice this makes me feel a lot better...unless someone has something else to say :D:xf:
 

fahimaz7

15+ Year Member
Jul 18, 2004
3,293
222
Colorado
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
tbh, I would recommend that you take chemistry at a community college, to prep you for the gen chem at your state school.
















Jk. Lets be serious, general 1000 level classes are made for students that have never seen the material. Even if you make C's in gen chem, you can still get into an MD school. Just don't make C's in all your premed classes.
 

Diggidy

10+ Year Member
Jan 20, 2009
1,164
85
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
I never even took highschool chemistry entering college.

I ended up getting around the 95 percentile on the ACS Ochem final.

Basically, don't worry about it, just try hard, study, and you'll do fine.
 

schrizto

10+ Year Member
May 14, 2008
2,690
3
puh puh pitt
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
Gen chem is designed for people who have never had chemistry. You'll be fine.

It may be that way, but many kids take Gen Chem having taken AP chem in high school. You will be at a disadvantage compared to the kids who have already seen the material before. I am not trying to cause unneeded anxiety, I'm saying you'll probably have to study more than the kids who are taking the class as more of a review.
 

rmj254

Illuminati Expert
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Dec 17, 2006
107
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
I never had Chemistry in high school and made A's in both General Chem and Organic Chem.
 

MilkmanAl

Al the Ass Mod
10+ Year Member
Mar 23, 2008
12,031
72
Kansas City, MO
www.facebook.com
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
It may be that way, but many kids take Gen Chem having taken AP chem in high school. You will be at a disadvantage compared to the kids who have already seen the material before. I am not trying to cause unneeded anxiety, I'm saying you'll probably have to study more than the kids who are taking the class as more of a review.
I'd say that's more true for gen chem 2 than 1. The first semester is just a lot of basic math, for the most part. It shouldn't take a whole lot of studying to get through, regardless of whether you've seen it or not. The second go-round is more conceptual.
 

Yadster101

7+ Year Member
Jan 4, 2010
490
145
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
k well i feel better now, i might just buy an ap chem book and just read it a little over the summer. Also i though Orgo was hard as hell because one of the smartest kids in my high school who graduated last year is currently taking it at UofC and he makes it seem ridiculous
 

Marcus Brody

Already has the grail.
10+ Year Member
Jun 2, 2008
3,120
84
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
I got Cs in hs chem (cuz i was a slacker) and As in college chem (no longer a slacker). all it amounts to is putting in the time/effort. there's nothing special about chemistry. if you've learned it, you've learned it and you will do fine.
 
About the Ads

docisin

10+ Year Member
Feb 13, 2007
28
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Other Health Professions Student
This is for the OP. I was wondering how G Chemistry went for you. I realize it has been 3 years since you wrote this, but I feel I am in the same boat as you. Can you give any suggestions? :idea::scared::eek: Besides G Chem I also have to take O'Chem. UGH :thumbdown:
 

earf

5+ Year Member
Oct 13, 2011
448
42
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
I never took Chem in high school. Just take the most basic class first and work your way up one level at a time like I did and you'll be fine. My first chemistry class was during my first year at UC San Diego.
 

californicati0n

7+ Year Member
Apr 1, 2013
114
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
I was talking to a college premed at an event and she said that she had never taken AP Chem prior to college, but she worked really hard and got an A. She also said that there were some kids who took AP in high school but dropped out of college chem because they thought it was too much work. You'll be fine as long as you study hard! Like others have said before me, the class is designed for someone who's never taken chem before. The kids that took AP might be at a slight advantage, but it's a pretty insignificant one.
 

nysegop

Removed
Apr 15, 2012
1,724
7
Somewhere Cold...
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
80% of first year college classes assume you have no prior experience. Just pay attention in class and you should be fine. Same goes for biology and physics (my parents teach first year biology and they just completely start at the very beginning). Math is a little bit different as is english and foreign languages.
 

nysegop

Removed
Apr 15, 2012
1,724
7
Somewhere Cold...
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
So basically the purpose of high school is.....? :laugh:

"College Prep"

There is no purpose. Basically math and english are the only thing you really need from high school. Actually to be honest one of the things I have really gotten out of high school is my work ethic. If it weren't for high school I'd still be a lazy little 8th grader who doesn't want to do any homework. AP coursework can actually be somewhat helpful too... except for the fact that we will have to repeat all premed reqs regardless of AP credit. Essentially it is a time to build up credentials so you can get into a good college. The problem with the high school/college relationship is that different high schools teach different things and have different expectations. It's hard for colleges to have solid expectations as to what should be already known upon matriculation.
 
Last edited:

Arijos0222

"The Opportune Moment"
Oct 21, 2012
651
13
"College Prep"

There is no purpose. Basically math and english are the only thing you really need from high school. Actually to be honest one of the things I have really gotten out of high school is my work ethic. If it weren't for high school I'd still be a lazy little 8th grader who doesn't want to do any homework. AP coursework can actually be somewhat helpful too... except for the fact that we will have to repeat all premed reqs regardless of AP credit. Essentially it is a time to build up credentials so you can get into a good college. The problem with the high school/college relationship is that different high schools teach different things and have different expectations. It's hard for colleges to have solid expectations as to what should be already known upon matriculation.

I love AP

I get to choose classes I like :thumbup:
 
This thread is more than 7 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.
About the Ads