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Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:27 pm
by Alexandria Ilagan 2A
Does anyone have any advice on how I should prepare for the midterm?

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:28 pm
by WilliamNguyen_4L
The review sessions held by TAs and UAs are very helpful. Doing all the homework assigned is also another good way to prepare.

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Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:29 pm
by Lumbini Chandrasekera 1B
Step ups are really good.

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Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:36 pm
by 904936893
Definitely doing all the homework problems assigned, because I know sometimes textbook problems are put on the midterm / final verbatim.

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Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:04 pm
by Anjali 4A
HW problems are a good way of preparing and practicing similar types of problems for the midterm. Also I believe that Dr Lavelle always puts 1 question from the hw on the exams.

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Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:08 pm
by josephperez_2C
In my experience the best way to prepare for professor Lavelle's exams is the practice problems that are assigned. It might sound a bit arbitrary but what I like to do is actually repeat and quickly jot down the steps to each problem after I've completed it. It's worked well for me and I also think the review sessions are really helpful.

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Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:16 pm
by Sheridan Slaterbeck 1J
I would say the homework problems, and the extra study guides some of the UA's post like I know Lyndon usually does one.

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Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:37 pm
by 705170809
Professor Lavelle provides many resources such as Step up, Workshop, and Drop in Sessions for students to use. If you are confused about the topics and feel like you need more practice, I would recommend going to a Step up or Workshop session, since they teach the basics and provide worksheets to help you too. If you have a question about a specific homework problem, drop in sessions are convenient as well. Before tests, going to TA office hours are useful since they give you specific topics to focus on that are definitely going to be on the test since they are the ones that make it. Of course, the homework problems are always a useful tool too since it is the best form of practice and you will see many challenging problems from the homework problems. Professor Lavelle also provides Midterm Review Sessions which can be helpful if you struggle on certain topics, and UA Lyndon's review session and worksheets are also extremely helpful to go to before the midterm.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:42 pm
by 005199302
Review all your notes to make sure you've grasped the material conceptually. If there's anything you don't understand you can check the textbook to clear things up. Then after you've done that do the assigned homework - it's really good practice.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:45 pm
by Mukil_Pari_2I
Looking up and doing extra practice problems online also helps reinforce key concepts.

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Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:47 am
by Phil Timoteo 1K
Completing homework problems and attending office hours if needed.

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Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:05 am
by Mikka Hoffman 1C
I would definitely do all the homework problems, as well as going over any old tests. The review sessions are helpful, especially going to the ones that are on topics you're having trouble with

Re: Midterm

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:52 pm
by Anand Narayan 1G
I would say definitely doing the homework problems and reading the textbook as well as class notes are the best way to prepare.

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Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:32 pm
by jessicahe4Elavelle
The best way to prepare in my opinion is reading the concepts in the book, understanding the sample problems and finally doing ALL homework problems assigned to us. Practice is key.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:14 pm
by KatrinaPho_2I
LYNDON BUI WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND. Make sure you go to all of the review sessions that you can make. They will cover the most important topics and give you example questions that will prepare you well for the major tests.

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Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:46 pm
by Diana Sandoval 1K
In my opinion it would be doing the homework and being able to understand the concepts. Also if you can go to the review sessions/ step-up sessions you should definitely do it because they're super helpful.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:29 pm
by Melody P 2B
I've never had Lavelle before and I was wondering whether the questions on midterms/finals are mostly math based/problem solving or are there conceptual questions asked as well?

Re: Midterm

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:07 pm
by IsabelLight2H
Also never had Lavelle before and am not sure how conceptual the questions will be. Or will it be more calculations? Also are midterms and finals similar to the test we've already taken?

Re: Midterm

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:17 pm
by Nina Do 4L
This Wednesday Professor Lavelle is going to announce various workshops and review sessions located around campus at various times to fit your schedule. I recommend going to those as well as doing some practice problems and finding videos online that relate to the course.

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Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:24 pm
by Chem_Mod
Homework problems are the BEST preparation.
Also one of the eight questions will come directly from the homework.

This review session is confirmed:

Wed Feb 6, 2-2:50pm, Dodd 147, Joyce, Equilibrium

The rest I will announce Wednesday in class.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:11 pm
by Selina Bellin 2B
practice problems! review sessions! covel study sessions!!!!!

Re: Midterm

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:35 am
by Ricardo Martin 1J
I have found it helpful to do all the homework problems and attend peer learning sessions.

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Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:07 am
by Ethan Baurle 1A
Homework problems as well as watching youtube videos on certain concepts has worked well for me. Professor Dave Explains on youtube has some good videos that explains concepts pretty clearly.

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Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:24 am
by Lynsea_Southwick_2K
Between going over notes, the modules, the homework problems you should be good to go. If you have any doubts utilize the normal weekly sessions and even the midterm review sessions.

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Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:01 am
by Arshiya
I also recommend watching Youtube videos in order to review major concepts. In addition, I like doing the worksheets Karen posts on Chemistry Community. I also like to take notes down while reading the textbook. Reviewing my notes, doing as many problems I can, and attending the reviews sessions has worked for me

Re: Midterm

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:03 am
by Noah Fox 1E
Some UA's and LA's provide worksheets for more practice problems. These sometimes come with walkthroughs. Linden's reviews are usually pretty good.

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Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:38 pm
by Melissa Villanueva1K
Doing homework problems, attending any step up sessions, and going to the review sessions that will be happening throughout the week. Also there are practice problems that may be posted.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:22 pm
by Searra Harding 4I
A great way to prepare is doing all the homework problems, attending UA/TA sessions and office hours, as well as watching youtube videos to clarify anything else.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:02 pm
by Charles Gu 1D
I recommend doing all the homework problems, review the problems that your TA went over, and go over your notes. Also, review session are an amazing way of covering all topics in a short period of time.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:06 pm
by deniise_garciia
Would anyone mind posting some of the help that the TA's and UA's had during this week? I'd greatly appreciate it! the fact that I couldn't go to some is because I commute and its not worth wasting 4 hours of commute only for a 1 hour help. Thanks again!

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:56 am
by 005113695
The workshops are so so helpful!! Definitely go to Lyndon's, but make sure you go early to save yourself a seat!

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Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:03 pm
by Karishma_1G
I feel that the HW and Review Sessions are the best ways to prepare!

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:32 pm
by Kevin Tang 4L
Go to tomorrow's review session that starts at 12pm at CS50. The TA will review Thermochem and Thermodynamics if you are having trouble with that.
Doing all the assigned homework questions is also a great way to study!

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Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:51 pm
by Danny Zhang 4L
In my opinion, the best way to prepare is doing the practice midterms that are given out during review sessions.

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Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:11 pm
by Nathan Tran 4K
I would say review notes, read textbook for unfamiliar concepts, do lots of homework problems, and go to review sessions! Lavelle has so many resources!

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Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:19 pm
by Samantha Silva 1F
Does anyone know the structure of what the midterm will consist of? Does anyone have an idea if it will be heavily weighed on material from before the first test, after the first test or half and half ? I would appreciate it if anyone has an idea. Thanks.

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Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:59 pm
by MadelineHlobik
Are the homework problems a good indicator of what the midterm will be like?

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Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:52 am
by 204929947
From past experience, his test tend to be conceptual. He wants you to really understand the concepts and know how to apply them. Also be able to denote when and how to use the formulas that he gives in class. The homework should be very similar to his test.

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Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:38 am
by Hilda Sauceda 3C
Do you guys know if the TAs or UAs are going to have some type of midterm review.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:24 am
by Rachel Yoo 1F
If you go to any TA office hour, they will tell you what topics are on the midterm and generally help with any questions you have for the midterm.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:40 pm
by Lumbini Chandrasekera 1B
Do we have to know how to derive equations?

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Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:00 pm
by Millicent Navarro 1I
Personally, what really helps me prepping for exams attending UA workshops. There are a variety of selections (i.e., drop-in, workshops, step-up) for you to choose from depending on your mastery.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:33 pm
by Angela Cong 3C
The notes area also extremely important. If you can, try to memorize even the small details that might seem arbitrary. I remember in 14a Lavelle put some questions on the test that were briefly mentioned in class.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:57 pm
by alanaarchbold
Melody P 2B wrote:I've never had Lavelle before and I was wondering whether the questions on midterms/finals are mostly math based/problem solving or are there conceptual questions asked as well?

They're mostly math based/problem solving but there are still conceptual questions, they're just worth less points./A lot of the questions have multiple parts (like a, b, c...) and combine conceptual with math

Re: Midterm

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:59 pm
by Emily Kennedy 4L
highly recommend youtube videos too, sometimes just watching someone do the problem and seeing how they lay it out really helps

Re: Midterm

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:30 pm
by Nicklas_Wright_1A
It can also be a good idea to practice doing math problems slowly and methodically. If you make one mistake on the wrong question, it can cost you severely.

Re: Midterm

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:46 pm
by Jordan Lo 2A
Reading other people's questions on Chemistry Community about homework problems while I'm doing them helps me a lot because I can see how else to approach the problem

Re: Midterm

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:58 pm
by Melody P 2B
alanaarchbold wrote:
Melody P 2B wrote:I've never had Lavelle before and I was wondering whether the questions on midterms/finals are mostly math based/problem solving or are there conceptual questions asked as well?

They're mostly math based/problem solving but there are still conceptual questions, they're just worth less points./A lot of the questions have multiple parts (like a, b, c...) and combine conceptual with math


Thank you so much!

Re: Midterm

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:38 pm
by Brian Chang 2H
If you can find a course reader (or a scan of one) there are very helpful past paper questions included inside.