As a Chemistry major having to finish up general chemistry this semester, my best advice to you would be to make flashcards with concepts and formulas on them and review them everyday . The most important to understand in chemistry is the cocepts and to find a way to make everything connect with each other . That way the problems involving calculations will be easier since you will be able to recognize whether your answer is right or wrong. Do all assigned homeworks and don't be afraid to seek help from either your professor or classmates.I need some new study methods for my science classes. What tips does anyone have for studying in general and for Gen Chem 2?
Yep.....don't view gen chem ii as math heavy. Learn the concepts first and the calculations will be easy. You should fully understand why you are doing each calculation. Don't just memorize algorithms to get answers.An OP above mentioned gen chem 2 is math heavy, but I disagree with this, I mean you have to do some math but nothing too bad at all, logs ,exponents and stuff like that is the worst. My advise: do not only learn the concept, understand it deeply and practice lots of problems, practice a little more and then.....practice some more.
.^ agreed. In addition:
1) Do all your homework problems if your school assigns those. If not, do as many examples as you can. This is especially important for acid-base chemistry and redox reactions.
When first approaching a problem, categorize it into a "type." Then, use this type to determine what calculations to do. For example, strong base into weak acid is worked differently from weak base into weak acid. Divide and conquer.
2) Write an outline of all the concepts. Memorize. Example: What does solubility depend on? 1) Polar/nonpolar solvent and solute, 2) hydrophilic vs hydrophobic, 3) endothermic vs exothermic etc.
This x 100. My Chem 2 final was a lot of problems that he told the class to look at. In the end, he put a lot of those questions on the final and most of us didn't finish.Gen chem 2: Lots and lots of problems. Thats just a good tip for chemistry in general. Make sure you are sound in algebra as well. Sounds simple but you'll be doing a lot of calculations for rate laws, logarithms, etc. It's very quantitative as well as conceptual.