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Studying

Postby 605136321 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:26 pm

What’s the best way to study for chem 14b

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Re: Studying

Postby SimranSangha4I » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:29 pm

I think the best things you can do for 14b are office hours, review sessions, and practicing problems like the ones found in our assigned homework problems for the different outlines we cover.

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Re: Studying

Postby Keya Jonnalagadda 1A » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:37 pm

I would recommend the homework and just browsing the solutions manual. The methods of answering the questions are very helpful for trying to answer similar questions on the test. It even includes extra explanations about the equations and the concepts that are written really densely in the textbook.

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Re: Studying

Postby Eugene Chung 3F » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:39 pm

1. Go to LA sessions if you can and TA office hours. Those are really helpful.
2. Do the HW problems.

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Re: Studying

Postby VioletKo3F » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:43 pm

For me, the workshops are really helpful since they give you extra problems to work on. If you have questions, I suggest going to the TA office hours or the step-ups/ drop-ins.

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Re: Studying

Postby Yailin Romo 4G » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:05 pm

Do the syllabus and study it he usually does hw problems on the tests, midterms, and finals.

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Re: Studying

Postby Jose Robles 1D » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:50 pm

I go to plfs and find them to be quite helpful. They are not a substitute for studying, but they really do help in solidifying the material.

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Re: Studying

Postby Nohemi Garcia 1L » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:54 pm

Study groups are also extremely helpful, as everyone can have different grasps on different topics.

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Re: Studying

Postby KSong_1J » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:57 pm

Doing all the practice problems he gives us is very helpful, as well as making sure you completely understand all the learning objectives! I also recommend watching organic chemistry tutor on YouTube if you don’t understand a concept

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Re: Studying

Postby Simon Ketema_1F » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:59 pm

Do all of the practice problems, read the textbook, do workshops and office hours. Use whatever resources to make sure you fully understand each topic and are comfortable. You know you got it down once you can explain it to someone else. Also don't cram.

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Re: Studying

Postby Celena Kim 2I » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:06 pm

Reviewing and practicing through all the homework problems several times would definitely help, as well as going to workshops and step-up sessions. It also definitely helps to look through outside sources such as Youtube videos from the Organic Chemistry Tutor

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Re: Studying

Postby Rida Ismail 2E » Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:45 am

The way I study is reading over the notes, read the book, do ALL the homework problems, and make sure to ask questions on everything you are confused on because Dr. Lavelle can ask questions on virtually anything out of those options.

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Re: Studying

Postby Yailin Romo 4G » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:30 pm

I do the hw problems because those are the most similar types of problems that we will see, as well as looking out the outlines.

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Re: Studying

Postby MTanikella_1K » Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:15 pm

Homework problems, review sessions, lecture notes and online videos are great resources to use when studying for this class!

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Re: Studying

Postby Cavalli_1H » Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:24 pm

reviewing notes after lecture and trying to process them helps me to retain information. i also find that, as difficult as it can be sometimes to do practice problems without cross referencing solutions, that is definitely a good way to train your mind on the content. hope this helps :)

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Re: Studying

Postby 805291863 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:02 pm

I read over my notes after each lecture, do all the homework problems, and attend review sessions. Having access to past exam questions is also incredibly useful!

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Re: Studying

Postby Anushka Chauhan2B » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:16 pm

Notes, homework, and textbook reading

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Re: Studying

Postby san_2F » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:24 pm

What I usually do is take notes on the textbook, go through the notes from lecture, and then do all the homework problems. I also do the worksheets that my TA gives me over again.

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Re: Studying

Postby sarahartzell1A » Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:57 pm

practice problems

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Re: Studying

Postby Naren_Ramesh_4F » Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:57 pm

Attend lectures, Attend Discussion, and DEFINITELY Attend TA/UA sessions

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Re: Studying

Postby Lily Anne Garcia 1C » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:53 pm

just do textbook problems!

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Re: Studying

Postby alexandralopez 3F » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:58 pm

Going through the textbook problems and going to UA sessions are really helpful

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Re: Studying

Postby Daria Obukhova 2B » Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:19 pm

For me personally, doing the textbook problems is what helps the most. As well as reviewing the Sapling homework because reading the solution explanations helps clear up details that I sometimes forget.

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Re: Studying

Postby jasonfarrales3D » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:11 pm

I believe the best way to study for Chem 14b is to do all of the assigned textbook problems, attend multiple UA sessions (as they give great practice problems and review the lecture), and to work on the Sapling problems. Furthermore, I heard TA and Lavelle's office hours are a great help if you ever get seriously stuck on a problem. Good luck on your studying!!

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Re: Studying

Postby Sana Nagori 2H » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:15 pm

As most people said, I found doing the textbook/outline questions at least twice helped me the most and then looking up random practice problems online for extra practice

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Re: Studying

Postby OmarArafat_2K » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:19 pm

I did not take 14A with Lavelle, but I heard from students that did that doing all the textbook questions really help. If you have any questions, feel free to go to Office Hours or Workshops.

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Re: Studying

Postby Nathan Lao 2I » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:27 pm

the homework problems are your best bet. It's best to expose yourselves to different types of problems so that the first time you see that type of question isn't on the exam.

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Re: Studying

Postby Darren1j » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:43 pm

Does anyone recommend reading the textbook for midterm prep?

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Re: Studying

Postby Kiana Tashakori 1D » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:55 pm

I found that practice problems are super helpful while studying. I think you can solve problems more quickly and easily when you exposed to lost of different problems. Attending review sessions and asking questions you may have at office hours also extremely helpful!

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Re: Studying

Postby Lizbeth Garcia 1F » Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:17 pm

Darren1j wrote:Does anyone recommend reading the textbook for midterm prep?

I would mostly recommend looking through the problems. However, if you are a little lost on something, you can try reading the book to get a better understanding. Especially since the book has examples with answers that take you through every step.

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Re: Studying

Postby Hannah_Kim_1I » Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:22 pm

For me, the textbook problems have always been a priority when studying. After I do those I usually look for any practice tests or worksheets from the TA/LA sessions.

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Re: Studying

Postby Sukhkiran Kaur 3I » Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:49 pm

I write out the outlines and take notes on all the bullet points, do the textbook problems and check my answers, and then attend review sessions when possible!

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Re: Studying

Postby Eric Ngo 1F » Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:50 pm

Darren1j wrote:Does anyone recommend reading the textbook for midterm prep?


I definitely recommend reading the textbook. It's super helpful and its examples are really informative and detailed.

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Re: Studying

Postby Juwan_Madaki_3K » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:10 am

I find that textbook problems are the most important resource when studying for 14B exams. Additionally, office hours are quite helpful. I usually study over a week so I can give myself time to thoroughly understand the maerial.

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Re: Studying

Postby Annette Fishman » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:11 am

Watch lectures on time when they're posted. Understand Sapling. Textbook problems when you can. Reading the textbook is also very helpful to me. I never attend office hours but they seem to be helpful too.

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Re: Studying

Postby Jasmin Kumar 1G » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:21 am

definitely do the textbook problems and keep doing them until you understand each one, cause sometimes they are on the tests

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Re: Studying

Postby Sydney Sullivan 2J » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:40 am

I think watching lectures when they're posted, and really actively listening to them goes a long way. Same thing with homework and textbook problems -- don't just blindly go through the procedure, really pay attention to what you're doing. Other than that, everyone else had made great suggestions about office hours, UA sessions, etc if you want extra review.

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Re: Studying

Postby Anna Yakura 2F » Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:01 am

What I do is I do the textbook problems (the ones on the outlines) after each lecture (the problems pertaining to what I learned that way). That way I can do the problems while they are fresh in my mind. I also recommend the UA worksheets, even if you can't go to the live sessions, to complete the worksheets because they are a good way to get more practice. Before the midterm, I go over the textbook problems again (to see if I had any issues, if I need to review certain topics, and to refresh my memory). Also I recommend re-reading your lecture notes before the midterm because there are some conceptual details you may miss/forget if you only do problems. Hope this helps!

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Re: Studying

Postby Sam_Marasigan_3D » Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:44 pm

I personally find the UA Workshops and homework problems really helpful.

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Re: Studying

Postby Darren1j » Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:51 pm

At least 1 workshop a week is a must. Maybe a step up if you have time too

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Re: Studying

Postby AHUNT_1A » Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:06 am

Most definitely the textbook problems and office hours and UA sessions.

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Re: Studying

Postby Yashvi Reddy 1H » Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:58 pm

Hi! Good question. I agree with the advice other people gave above. I prioritize doing the textbook problems and Sapling problems, and I make sure to be honest with myself about what I know and don't know on the outline bullet points. I have also found that textbook readings help me understand concepts really well as a supplement to these problems. I would also suggest going to Workshops and Step-Up Sessions, but try not to overload yourself by doing more than 1-3 in a week. Good luck with your exams!

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Re: Studying

Postby Anna Li 3B » Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:26 pm

I really, really want to add that studying is an active process and it's all about being aware of how you process and categorize information. You need to know what you need to understand before going to office hours or just doing practice problems. It's good to keep a list of questions whenever something comes up, while doing problems, during the lecture, that you genuinely have that you can revisit from time to time to track progress. It's also helpful in keeping track what kinds of things you're not understanding or need more explanation on. Perhaps the questions are all pertained to assumptions made in formulas, or dealing with a problem that is missing one crucial piece of information and you don't know how to deal with that type of problem. For example maybe while going through lecture I see a question about heat and calorimeters, but the way the problem is solved conflicts with my understand of how calorimeters work. Sure I can remember what formula to use in this situation, but maybe I want to double check my understand of how calorimeters work and if there's any assumptions that I'm missing. It's all about being aware of what info you need to organize (and how) in order to fully understand the concepts.

Chem 14B is a problem/question-based class. Other than the fact that the professor explicitly states practice problems are used on the test/emulate types of questions on the test, practice problems are essentially different ways to present the concepts learned in class. For example, one of the learning objectives for acid/base was to calculate pH/pOH from aqueous solutions containing weak acids/weak bases. How do we calculate pH? We need to be given [H3O]+. How can the problems present [H3O+] besides just explicitly giving it? Maybe through Ka and initial acid concentration. Why do we need both? We need to know where the [H3O]+ are coming from and how the weak acid behaves in water because it's different for different acids and different concentrations. Okay, how do we use Ka and initial acid concentration to get [H3O]+? Well, we need an ice table. Do I know how to use an ice table? Maybe they give us the conjugate base instead. What do I do then? That thought process while doing the practice problems gets you familiar with all the different ways the learning objectives can be tested through questions. It's about being familiar not only what you're going to be asked to solve but also how. This also helps avoids the retrospective "I knew how to do the problem but just didn't know how to get started."

On just reviewing/learning conceptual things (like some parts of thermo), I personally like to do a lot of hand motions while verbally explaining what's happened (i.e. using a fist to symbolize a piston doing work against external pressure, moving hands to illustrate heat transfer). Just another way to think about the subjects in addition to reading the textbook or looking over notes. Studying also includes studying how you do in a testing environment to, so it's good to be aware of what kinds of mistakes you're prone to while testing. Do you forget to change L*atm to joules? Do you copy down the wrong numbers from the test to your work? Doing the practice problems should familiarize you with problems enough that you don't tense up at a problem that you've never seen before. It might be good to develop a fail-safe for problems you might really have no idea how to approach (though it's hard to prepare for the unexpected). This would include learning how to anticipate answers (the answer should be between these values) or how to utilize the multiple choice by working backwards with the answers. If it comes down to a conceptual thing (i.e. the answer is this if aqueous solutions are affected by this and the answer is that if they aren't), just keep a note of it, try to find where the answer to that concept is (learning objectives, textbook, certain part of the lecture) so you know what source you have to pay more attention to next time.

This is quite long, so I'm sorry. I wanted to expand on what others had previously mentioned. Everyone has different ways of studying, so it's also a process about learning what makes sense to you the most and knowing what to conclude after utilizing the opportunities the class gives you.


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