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Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Chigozie_Nnoruka_1K » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:07 pm

Hello, this is my first time taking a chemistry course since my senior year of high school and I am currently a second year. I was just wondering for someone who is on chem in general, what tips can I use to guide me through this 14A course?

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Joyce Wu 3E » Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:32 pm

I took AP chemistry back when I was a sophomore in high school and am now taking 14A as a freshman in college so I understand how frustrating it is to forget the majority of the chemistry once learned. One tip I would have is to finish all the modules Dr. Lavelle posted on his website and also breeze through Crash Course videos on youtube. The practice problems he gave us in the course reader also helps.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Alexandra_Ivanova_1A » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:01 pm

Just to add on-- Crash Course on Youtube is great for conceptual chemistry and overarching themes, and really helps with understanding the "greater picture" when it comes to some concepts. If you are looking for more step-by-step instruction with worked out examples, I'd highly recommend using Khan Academy's chemistry section: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry.

As for in person instruction, from what I can tell, many students find utilizing TA's, UA's, and office hours to be very helpful as well.

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Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:42 pm

I highly recommend using the many resources I have created as they focus on my course content:

Audio-Visual Focus-Topics
Chem Refreshers
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Course Reader
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Plus Midterm Review Sessions
Plus Final Review Sessions

The above add up to well over 50 hours per week of one-on-one personal assistance (this excludes all the online resources and review sessions).

When we have the midterm and final I will organize a huge number of review sessions for both.

My objective is 100% success rate.
Hence all the many resources and my 100% focus on education.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Chuxiang Peng 1J » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:10 am

I'm a bit different from you in that I was an IB Chemistry HL student. What helped me most through my IB career were tutoring websites such as Khan Academy and general discussion forums. I never actually had a real tutor in high school and mostly self studied, and that will be a big part of college studies as well (although tutoring is very important in college as well). If you're a bit rusty on high school chem, make sure you have a look and review videos online and re-familiarize yourself with chemistry concepts. =)

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Janice Kim 3I » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:31 pm

I took AP Chem in my junior year and I have a couple of review books and notes that I brought with me that actually really supplemented my learning while watching the modules and taking the pre/post assessments. I recommend that you refresh your memory with notes or even specific youtube videos. Watching youtube videos to complement studying with the course reader was also very helpful!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Emily_Bloom_1I » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:09 am

Its been a while for me too! I know this is basic, but knowing the common ions and compounds is so important to setting up problems and writing equations, but our course reader doesn't include much about them. I have this review list that will totally help!
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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Katherine Sung 2I » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:01 pm

I found the Audio-Visual Focus-Topics on Professor Lavelle's site very helpful in reviewing high school chemistry!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Jocelyn Sandoval 3B » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:38 pm

Yeah, its been a while since I took Chem and my teacher was not the best, so there are some fundamentals that I learned through Professor Lavelle's modules. (Thanks Professor!) I would recommend going to office hours whenever you feel like lost or super confused. You can go to the Professor's hours of the TA's. Just keep in mind that you are not alone! We are all here learning the same material and maybe you can even find a study buddy, who knows. Also, the peer facilitated learning sessions help so much, so I would recommend going to those when you can.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Sarah_Kremer_1A » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:37 pm

I have the same problem! I haven't taken Chemistry since my sophomore year in high school. I found working through ALL of the fundamental homework problems to be very beneficial. It triggered my memory of some concepts I learned in high school and also reminded me of concepts that I had struggled with in the past. I also found the amount of problems listed to be very helpful - I had many problems to choose from. I wasn't restricted and could practice as much as I wanted.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby 004599434 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:59 pm

Watch the modules and read the textbook for sure but take advantage of the plf (pear facilitated learning) opportunities! It helps to learn/ study with someone who knows the course material already.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Abigail Foster 1K » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:07 pm

I feel like us as students, we should take advantage of all the resources we have. For example, if I felt like I was getting behind on work I'd try to read the book slowly and write attentive notes & if that doesn't really work I'd watch videos on youtube or khan academy (I find that khan academy REALLY helps). Also, the biggest and most important advice I think I can give is to do the problems until you feel that you've grasped the concept. Just don't think that you're alone, you have you professor, peers, ta's, and ua's. We are all here to help each other. Good luck!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Aya_Elarid_2H » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:36 pm

I was also an IB student and I took IB Chemistry HL, although I am still a bit rusty on High School Chemistry I often go to youtube and watch Richard Thornley's extensive Chemistry review videos to help me get back on track. His videos are very useful and give details on how to solve chemistry problems and will help you refamiliarize yourself with chemistry concepts, I also believe that doing the homework problems from the Chemistry Principles textbook helps. Even if you get stuck there's a whole community out here willing to help!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Jenny_Thompson_3I » Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:49 am

I also took AP Chemistry my sophomore year so I would recommend doing this. Going through the homework problems and working them all along with reading the text book. Any questions you have on the homework problems, I would go to office hours and ask the TA/UA for help and he/she can walk you through how to solve the problem.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby 604735966 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:52 am

I took two years of chemistry in high school and I'm still pretty rusty! I found that office hours are by far the most helpful because you can ask anything you want! It helps that there are so many office hours too so that we can find some time in our busy college-life schedules to attend!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Sandoval_Melissa_1F » Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:27 pm

Same!I took chemistry sophomore year of high school (now a 4th yr) with a student teacher, and basically learned very minimal chemistry :( I'm going to rewatch lectures and modules to help me out. Youtube review videos are also in my plans, since I prefer visual practice when reviewing.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby WCano_2k » Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:23 pm

I have not taken chemistry in three years. I have found youtube to be really helpful as well as Professor Lavelle's Audio Visual Focus - Topics. I would highly recommend you look into AAP PLF tutoring. They provide you with extra practice problems besides the problems that we review in Discussion.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Malavika_Theophil_3H » Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:36 pm

I have also not taken a chemistry class since my sophomore year and it is a little difficult to recall some of the information. I find Khan academy videos really useful. Also I would form study groups and try to meet at regularly scheduled times and review basic chemistry topics.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Emily_Bennett_3C » Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:08 pm

I also found that Khan Academy really helps in terms of reviewing. I do not remember much high school chemistry, so if you would like to study together let me know! My email is Emily_Rose_24@aol.com. I am available most nights!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Gonzalez_Areli_4B » Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:22 pm

I can relate to this, I have little to no knowledge of chemistry but watching the modules before and after class helps reinforce what was talked about during the lecture and it helps filling in gaps. Also for some more basic chemistry background knowledge I recommend watching khan academy videos.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Kristine_Espinosa_2L » Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:25 pm

I haven't had chem since my sophomore year of high school. My teacher wasn't the best but if you still have contact with them - they are a big help if you require review. The modules are also very helpful and as mention Khan Academy is very helpful, but Crash Course on Youtube is also good for simple review!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Analiese Machado lec4 » Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:40 pm

Khan Academy was an incredibly helpful resource for me when I was taking IB chemistry in high school! That in conjunction with the modules are a great refresher.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Natalie Rotstein 3J » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:30 pm

I've found that Sparknotes actually has really helpful reviews of high school / AP chemistry topics; they aren't super detailed but if you mainly need just a refresher on what you learned previously, they're a good resource. I've used them in the past to review for AP exams for various subjects.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Hanan_Kashkoul_1O » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:05 pm

I agree about the helpfulness of Khan Academy -- super helpful and problems are worked out step by step. I have used it a lot.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Caitlin Dillon 3G » Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:28 pm

I also use a lot of Khan Academy videos! I know little about chem (last time i took it was my sophomore year of high school and it wasn't an AP course), so this class is extremely difficult for me. I am REALLY struggling, but I've been watching Khan Academy videos all day today trying to brush up on the fundamentals. I forgot everything about sig figs...lol! I am in the same boat as you, if not, I am probably in a worse position than you! I am thinking about hiring a chem tutor, so maybe that is something you can do, too? I went to TA office hours, but everyone seems to be so far ahead of me, so there's not a lot I can ask and I feel so stuck!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:06 pm

Please don't be afraid to ask questions, even if it's on the fundamentals! We are here to help you so don't be intimidated if students are asking about newer material. If you have a question, it's very likely that other students are wondering about that too, but they're afraid to ask. Hiring a tutor should not be necessary because of all the resources provided.

Also, make sure to work through all three quizzes in the workbook as they will be very helpful.
Remember your total workbook score replaces your lowest quiz score.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Martha Xuncax 3G » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:47 pm

I don't think anyone's mentioned this, but in addition to all of Lavelle's resources, being a part of AAP is extremely beneficial. I joined last week and the 1.5 hr sessions twice a week are really helpful. The Peer Facilitators take their time to explain the subjects thoroughly, and learning from your peers makes things a bit easier so if you want to sign up, just stop by 1230 Campbell Hall!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Chem_Mod » Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:23 pm

Great suggestion. Please post AAP link or email so students know how to sign up.

I also sent email to AAP asking them to announce in my classes.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Martha Xuncax 3G » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:37 am

You can get more info here http://www.aap.ucla.edu/about-aap/becom ... ap-member/
I'll try to talk to a AAP to see if that can be organized!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby 004599434 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:42 pm

I am in the same position as you, and for myself I have come to really appreciate the peer learning that the school offers. You can get help when needed and they go at your pace.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby William_Yi_3B » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:15 am

Can someone tell me where to find the Oxygen on the periodic table

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby KelseyKobayashi_2M » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:30 pm

William_Yi_3B wrote:Can someone tell me where to find the Oxygen on the periodic table


Oxygen (atomic number 8) is in the top row of the p-block, third from the right.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Randon_Zahlout_3B » Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:29 pm

Reading Fundamentals in the textbook before the ones assigned were extremely helpful as well. I felt much more prepared after I read fundamentals A-D specifically. Also, just reading the textbook provides more background knowledge that helps understanding the course reader as well.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Alexxa_Vasquez_3B » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:08 pm

Another amazing resource is Bozeman Science! Mr. Anderson's AP Chemistry videos are extremely concise and a great way to brush up on an old topic you're having trouble with. I would recommend CrashCourse Chemistry, too, but they can be fast-paced and a little vague depending on the topic.

Best of luck to everyone!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby veeksha25 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:26 pm

I had the same issue and I've been using Tyler Dewitt's videos (: I'm a very visual learner so they really helped me out, especially during the thermochemistry unit.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby tiffanyteguh1C » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:29 pm

Hi! Are there any good chem video resources that anyone recommends ??? (aside from Dr. Lavelle's videos)

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Sharon Yuen 1F » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:47 am

Hello all! Does anyone have experience with utilizing Khan Academy as a good way to brush up on the basics? Or if any websites or resources similar are known, please let me know! Thanks.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Clarisse Wikstrom 1F » Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:10 pm

I would definitely get or review an old AP Chem test prep book, in addition to office hours, etc.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Elizabeth Bamishaye 1E » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:45 am

I am also a little rusty on chemistry but Crash Course Chemistry on YouTube is definitely something helpful to watch.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Jesse Jimenez 1L » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:57 pm

I am also a bit rusty on high school chem being that i took it as a junior in high school. The modules work as well as reading the book. Most importantly, examples from the book are the best review.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Belle Calforda3f » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:29 pm

Take notes on your own first and then use lectures and discussions as clarifications! Also, use youtube for catchy phrases to help remember how to approach questions. For example, for empirical formulas I use.. "% to mass, mass to mole, divide by smole(smallest mole), and multiply to whole."

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Jessica Wakefield 1I » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:49 pm

Over the summer, I reviewed some high school chemistry concepts using Khan Academy. They have videos that I found helpful because it is more engaging than reading from a textbook or attempting to teach yourself. They have pretty much any topic you might want to review and it is not too time consuming. I think it would be a great resource if you are trying to review!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby mayasinha » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:05 pm

I am in the exact same boat. I haven't taken chemistry since sophomore year of high school and am now a first year in college. It's been helpful to just start doing problems in the book or online, and concepts start to come back to me. Working everything out is how I've been able to remember everything I've learned thus far.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Meredith Steinberg 3A » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:04 pm

I took chemistry in high school too and I still feel behind in some topics we're going to be learning soon. I found that the best way to learn the material was to do as many practice problems as possible and to find random youtube videos that describe processes in a creative way to make it help stick in my mind. Also reviewing AP Chem study guides will definitely help!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Adriana Rangel 1A » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:20 pm

I took high school chemistry my sophomore year of high school and have not taken AP Chemistry. Since I am a bit "rusty", something that helped me review what I learned about chemistry was outlining the chapters, completing the modules, doing the homework problems, and going to the night study sessions at Hedrick!

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby Anna Goldberg 1C » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:45 am

I didn't take AP Chem in high school and took general chemistry my sophomore year. I've noticed people on this feed saying there are night study sessions at Hedrick-when and where are those at? Thank you.

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Re: Rusty on High School Chem

Postby tiffanyteguh1C » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:09 am

Aside from Khan academy, a really good resource I have found is http://www.bozemanscience.com/chemistry/.


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