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Hello, so Dr. Lavelle has so many resources, which is great. However, it is impossible to attend everything. Does anyone have any recommendations for which office hours to go to? Like are the step up sessions most beneficial, or..? What do you recommend because I would like to spend my time in the best one. Thank you in advance!
I personally prefer to go to the workshop sessions that are 2 hours long since they tend to go over all the material of the past week very in depth and you get to do plenty of practice problems which are similar to the tests. However, if you go to Lyndon's Workshop 7-9 on Mondays you should get there like 20 minutes early since it gets ridiculously packed.
I personally enjoy attending the drop in sessions. Often my questions go unanswered in large workshops, so I like talking to people one-on-one. From my experience, drop in sessions have generally been a pretty good way to do that.
It honestly depends on how you prefer to study. If you like going going through problems and solving them step by step, then the STEP UP sessions would be beneficial. However if you’re like me, where you’re confused about certain topics and would rather do problems on your own then ask questions, the drop in sessions or the TAs OH are good. I personally find it easier to look through problems on my own first and go through the concepts since STEP UP doesn’t go through concepts, just problem solving
If you need to improve your problem solving skills, I think the step up and workshop sessions are great for that. If you are unable to make it to some of the sessions, you can also find some of the worksheets with practice problems and solutions on chemistry community. Also, some TAs post their powerpoint slides or worksheets that they use during discussion, so those are helpful as well if you need to learn the content and do more practice.
Lyndon's Reviews are really helpful for me. It is also extremely beneficial to do all the homework problems and read through the textbook for clarification. Another thing that helps me is studying with friends. You can test each other and figure things out together!
Hi! Personally I go to the review sessions (I found Lyndon's midterm review session extremely helpful) and do the step-up session worksheets that are posted on Chemistry Community. There's a lot of resources like maths advice on Dr. Lavelle's website so they're good for clarifying things we don't cover in class. I find the best way to learn is doing the homework problems though!
Try doing all of the homework practice questions. I found doing this to be very helpful. By doing this, you can gauge your strengths and weaknesses and subsequently attend office hours or workshops to clarify any questions you may have.
My favorite way to study is by using The Organic Chemistry Tutor on Youtube! His videos with practice problems somehow always follow Dr. Lavelle's outlines perfectly, and Youtube is perfect for studying in the sense that explanations are clear if you are using a good channel to study and for the pause/play capabilities.
The study sessions are great, you'd probably find value in any of the ones you attend but I wouldn't rely solely on review sessions. You should also do homework problems and read the book to fully understand what is going on in class.
If you are in AAP or are looking to get into AAP, I recommend their PLF sessions and a lot of YouTube videos revolving the topics covered on the syllabus helps a lot. I also would recommend doing the worksheets that flow around Chem Comm. from Karen or other UAs. Best of luck!
I usually attend Lyndon's review sessions on Mondays. He provides great insight and detail on all the topics we are currently learning and his worksheets are very helpful as well. Moreover, I normally do all the practice problems on the outlines Dr.Lavelle has on his class website. Those are really helpful when it comes to understanding the material on a conceptual level.
Personally, I use the review sessions to solidify my understanding of the material but for the concepts that are more difficult to grasp in lecture, I usually take notes from the book. I like the way the book explains concepts in depth. Although we aren't tested on what the concepts actually are it helps to have a good foundation of them when you carry out calculations because it makes more sense as to why you're doing it the way you should versus memorizing a bunch of equations and hope you pick the right one
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