Midterm Study Tips

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Midterm Study Tips

Postby Francesca_Borchardt_2D » Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:54 pm

Hello,
Does anyone have any study tips on studying for the midterm? I have a little trouble figuring out the most efficient way to study for this class.
Thank you!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Sandra Kim 2B » Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:55 pm

definitely try to going to the UA sessions if you can and review the textbook problems! the problems in the textbook tend to be similar to the ones that appear on exams i think

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby SophiaJenny3I » Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:59 pm

Hi! The UA sessions are SUPER helpful. Definitely recommend those. Also, going through all the textbook problems in the outlines! They're great practice. I like to read the textbook sessions as well and take down some main notes, just so I know I have the concepts down! If I have time, I also like to retype my notes in my own words to make sure I'm solid on all the various concepts discussed in lecture. Hope this helps!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Gabby Magat 3F » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:07 pm

The UA sessions (even when they aren't specifically for midterm review) are super helpful solidifying the material while we're learning it. Usually UAs will go over textbook problems from the outlines, so workshops/Step-Up sessions are nice ways to practice from the textbook. I think trying to do textbook problems is the best way to practice. Honestly, answering on Chemistry Community has been helpful in making sure I understand the concepts, but sometimes I'll just try to explain the concepts to myself/someone else without looking at my notes.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Rylee Mangan 1K » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:40 pm

1. Definitely attend Justin's review workshop! I believe it is Thursday 10-12 this week Matthew's is also really helpful.
2. Review sapling!!! I always reviewed sapling before the midterms to jog my memory
3. Do not be too hard on yourself. The tests are difficult but you will be prepared if you put in the effort
Best of luck!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby SelenaDahabreh1D » Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:21 pm

Attend as many UA sessions as you can. Do the homework problems listed in the syllabus. Review sapling homework problems. Read the textbook! Also, chemistry community is a great resource, so just by exploring the different questions you can have questions answered that you didn't even know you had. Best of luck studying!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Margaret Xu 3C » Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:36 pm

Hi Francesca! Like people have mentioned above, I recommend attending the UA workshops as well! Aside from the workshops, I study for the midterms by reviewing textbook questions and redoing the problems I had the most trouble with.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby 905409193 » Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:04 am

The UA sessions are great but if you want to prepare yourself for the exam, I'd recommend practicing the textbook problems! There are plenty of questions to go over so solving most of them is a good way to study.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Navdha Sharma 3J » Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:48 am

I think the some things that really helped me on the midterm in Chem 14A last quarter were attending the UA sessions and doing the textbook reading along with doing the textbook problems.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Arti_Patel_3H » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:53 am

The UA sessions helped me a lot (especially going to them during the week before an exam). They go over the content that we will be tested on and some of the UAs give us previous test questions and go through them step by step which is SUPER helpful.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Nathan Chu 3H » Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:30 pm

Doing the UA worksheets and also understanding the textbook problems very well is the best way to study for me. Also, reading the textbook and taking notes from it is helpful.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Katie Phan 1K » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:03 pm

I like reading the textbook and looking at the problems.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Lizbeth Garcia 1F » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:14 pm

I tend to mostly look at the book, but I would suggest going to review sessions.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby vanessanguyen3I » Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:41 pm

Something that I started doing this quarter that really helps is going to UA workshops! I only have time to go to one a week but it has helped A LOT. They go over questions that are more difficult than the ones in lecture and this helps build problem solving skills. I would suggest creating a study guide and reviewing textbook problems that you do not understand because those also show up on exams!!!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Ava Nickman » Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:50 pm

the review sessions are super helpful!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Naomi Hernandez-Ramirez 1J » Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:46 pm

From what I've heard UA sessions and Homework problems!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Isabel_Eslabon_2G » Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:56 pm

When doing UA, textbook, or online Sapling problems, I would do the hard problems and progressing to the easier ones. If you can't do the hardest problem, go to the second hardest, and onward. In my opinion, you waste less time on simple problems that you've already gotten the hang of.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Nick P 3D » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:01 pm

I find that usually the most helpful thing for me is doing the review questions that he puts with the homework. That way I can practice the stuff we learn in an actual application rather than just knowing the concepts in my head.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Anna Martin 2l » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:03 pm

Hi! I would definitely recommend to start by reviewing lectures/your lecture notes to start from the basics! Then I usually apply what I reviewed to textbook and Sapling problems to get used to the type of the questions that may be asked on the exam! Then I will try to attend as many UA sessions or office hours as possible to get the chance to ask questions and do problems in real time. Good luck!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby chinmayeec 2H » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:25 pm

Definitely focus on the textbook problems. Don't just rush through them; actually take the time to do them and think about them. Make sure you understand them thoroughly and if you don't, ask questions during discussion or office hours. Many of his problems are on the level of difficulty of the textbook problems and some are extremely similar.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Emily Langie 3L » Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:35 pm

Hi Francesca! Here's what I find helpful (and what I've heard from other people):
1) Attend the UA sessions, they are super helpful for practice and clarification
2) Review Sapling problems (and the answer sheets that they give on Sapling to review how to solve the problem)
3) Do the textbook problems

Good luck!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Katelyn_Ortega_1D » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:04 am

Doing the textbook problems is the best advice I can give you. They really help.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Kylie Joe 2A » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:23 am

Hi! I think along with UA sessions, the outlines are super helpful for reviewing!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby AdilaAhmed3I » Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:44 am

I think you should first find where you are struggling in because you won't get anywhere until you understand the fundamentals behind the concept you struggle in. Definitely doing textbook problems would help find those areas and even going to different sessions will help as well. I like to watch youtube videos for things I struggle in.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby MMorcus2E » Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:15 am

I agree with what has been said, do as many problems as you can, read, take notes, and go to review sessions. I also think that spreading out when you study can help your brain retain things better. Don't try to cram it all into one day. Also, don't underestimate the effect of sleeping the night before the test!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Shana Patel 1C » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:12 am

I think doing questions from the textbook will allow you to find the exact topic you are not comfortable with. After finding this out, it will be easier to study because you will know the topics you have to work on. Completing the sapling homework will also help a lot. If you have any questions, ask them on chemistry community because there will always be someone to help.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Joanne Yuh 3I » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:34 am

You should definitely look at the outlines to make sure you know which topics are on the midterm. And also make sure to do the textbook problems! If you have time, you can do the UA worksheets for extra practice.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby RaniyaFeroz_1E » Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:08 am

Attend the UA sessions and do the textbook problems assigned in the outlines. Also, review the module questions because last quarter some of the "conceptual" questions on Midterm 1 were taken from the module/post-assessment questions.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Orla Lynagh-Shannon 1F » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:12 pm

I really recommend making an outline from the most important things from your notes and the parts that you are the least solid on. There is also an outline that someone posted recently under "student social/study group" that is a concise version of the textbook that would be a good idea to review.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Lauren Strickland 1B » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:19 pm

I would recommend going to UA sessions and working textbook questions.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Victoria_Sauceda_1B » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:27 pm

I found that rewatching the lectures has helped be grasp lots of the concepts

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Charisma Arreola 2F » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:29 pm

I highly recommend doing the textbook problems from the outline, as well as attending workshops.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Devan Nathu - 2H » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:55 pm

I actually had this same question haha thank you for asking! I tend to cram so my advice isn't the best and seldom works, but some of these study tips people are saying sound like great options! WIll definitely try them out!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Jack Kettering 3D » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:56 pm

I would suggest just doing as many practice problems as you can so that you are comfortable with any types of problems that could be thrown at you on the midterm :)

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Zainab Jamali 1H » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:58 pm

textbook problems and review sessions!!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Danielle DIS2L » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:24 pm

I would recommend to attend as much sessions as you can during week 4 and do a lot of textbook problems!!

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Tam Nguyen 2B » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:29 pm

If possible also try to either explain how you're solving problems or your solutions step by step to yourself because I find that it helps solidify the concepts easier. Repetition also makes me less nervous. If you have another student that you can talk to while solving problems that would make it better as well since you can both try to explain solutions to each other.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Meghan Krushena 2E » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:32 pm

I found it most beneficial in 14A to do as many practice problems as possible! Redo sapling and the textbook problems and really talk yourself through the steps. A key aspect is to make sure you understand the process and are not just memorizing the steps, this helps for when conceptual questions are asked on exams.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Melanie Lin 3E » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:37 pm

Hi! Not sure if this has been mentioned yet but in addition to UA sessions and textbook problems, I recommend redoing the Audio Visual Focus topics too! They're a nice review and can give you an idea of how Lavelle likes to write his questions.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Xinyu Li 1C » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:38 pm

Rosa told me that there's a helpful review midterm sheet from last year.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Gwen Casillan 3E » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:43 pm

Definitely attending UA sessions and Step-up sessions, as well as practicing textbook problems to just solidify your understanding of the topics covered. I personally go over problems that I have difficulty with and practicing with similar problems in the textbook until I feel comfortable with the concepts and problem solving.

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Re: Midterm Study Tips

Postby Karen Elrayes 1L » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:49 pm

I recommend trying to finish all the textbook problems a few days before the exam so you can attend UA sessions and ask questions and figure out what you don't know yet.


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