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Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:06 am
by LeAirraBullingor2k
Can anyone give me tips on studying and preparing for the week? I'm still trying to figure the best routine to learn and review the different topics each week. Thank you in advance.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:17 am
by JohnWalkiewicz2J
Hey!
I would definitely recommend reading the appropriate chapters in the textbook and the problems that go along with them.
In terms of schedule, I usually do the concepts after Dr.Lavelle goes over them in lecture, so that I have a basic understanding of what I am reading.
Hope this helps!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:27 pm
by 405268063
My routine so far has been to go to lecture and then to come back to my room and then watch the video modules again so that I can try to recall the same information that he just went over. I try to spread out my homework problems over the week so that I'm forced to remember how to do certain things and if I still feel like I don't get a concept, I'll go onto Youtube and then watch a Crash Course or something. Hope this helps!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:43 pm
by Yailin Romo 4G
What I do is to do the assigned hw problems ahead of time, that way when he is going over how to do them in class I already know what is going on and take notes on things I might have had trouble doing in the homework.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:42 pm
by Kallista McCarty 1C
I recommend going to as many of the Step Up sessions in Covel that you are able to! I find them very helpful to clarify what we go over in lecture!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:11 pm
by Manav Govil 1B
My main way of studying is reading the entire chapter and then doing all the homework problems. If I do not understand any of the homework problems, I either go here, or go to my TA. If there is something I do not understand, I seek out help.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:01 pm
by Fiona Latifi 1A
I have been watching the videos posted on Lavelle's website and completing the modules. Then throughout the week, I will read the sections in the textbook and complete all of the homework problems. Good luck!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:38 pm
by Patricia Chan 1C
Hey! I've been making sure that I watch the online modules and then completing the post assessments first in order to see what topics are my strengths and what topics are my weaknesses. After, I make sure to do all the homework problems Dr. Lavelle assigns, and I go over them again to make sure I actually understand the concepts. This proved to be quite helpful.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:15 pm
by SajaZidan_1K
I highly highly recommend going to the Step Up sessions. I feel like they review the material in class really well, so if I am lost I can just ask any questions during the review. They also provide some practice problems for extra support. I think this is a great way to refresh topics and see what topics in particular I need to practice more.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:24 am
by Yiyang Jen Wang 4G
Step Up session is definitely recommended! For me I think it is easier to just go and listen than read through the textbook~

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:59 pm
by chrischyu4a
One routine that helped me get through chem was to just do as many practice problems as possible and to review the problems that you weren't able to solve initially or struggled with.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:04 pm
by Claire Grover 3G
For the first test I watched youtube videos and went to some of the Step Up sessions which were really helpful, but I think the most helpful thing I did was just doing all of the homework problems!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:16 pm
by Liliana Aguas 3G
I agree with what everyone is saying about the Step Up sessions!! They go step by step and it's really good because it sets the foundation of how to do it so then when you do the homework problems it makes you practice the idea.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:12 pm
by ShreyaKannan1B
The online modules are pretty helpful, especially taking the post-assessment. The videos aren't too in depth about the harder questions but they cover the basics really well which helps.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:28 pm
by ZevMarx-Kahn3C
Do you guys know if there's anywhere that Dr. Lavelle lists the exact stuff he's gonna go over in lecture? I like to read the textbook sections beforehand but I always end up reading stuff that he doesn't end up expecting us to know, and I just get confused. Thanks!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:07 pm
by Kim Chen
I'd definitely recommend looking over the chapters that you struggle more with after lecture. Skimming before lecture can sometimes help too, but it all depends on what order you like to do things. What I like to do is test it out -- one week, I'll do it before and one week after. Also, doing the homework problems associated with the same day's lecture right after lecture helps me absorb and conceptualize a lot better. If you find yourself struggling on a certain topic, do more homework problems.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:18 pm
by Merin Padayatty 3G
After going to lecture, I like to immediately read the material covered in the textbook to solidify the concepts. I also try to do the corresponding homework problems right away and I'll go to TA hours if I'm confused about anything.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:34 pm
by Kimme Chun 1I
Doing the homework problems can be helpful because you really need to have an understanding of the concept before you can complete the problem so working on the problems will help you understand the concepts better.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:40 pm
by JinwooLee_1F
I usually read the chapters after Dr. Lavelle goes over them to have a better understanding. Also, doing homework problems can provide additional practice and understanding.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:42 pm
by Donavin Collins 1F
It's best to make sure you understand every/most concepts before moving onto the next. That way, you don't have to go back and start over. I would also recommend doing homework problems after you're finished as a way to quiz yourself.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:53 pm
by Deena Doan 2F
Hi! I definitely recommend everything else everyone has said so far! For me, what works the best is doing everything he assigns and joining study groups! They are so helpful and collaborating with other students makes it easier to understand. I also watch Youtube videos; there is this one guy named Tyler Dewitt and he is awesome! I used to watch him all of the time back in high school and I still watch him now for chem.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:13 pm
by Naneeta Desar 1K
I do best when I study in a group. I understand information better when other people explain and give their input into various topics!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:33 pm
by Milisuryani Santoso 1L
Try going to TA hours if you can! I feel like this helps a lot, especially since you can get your questions answered and worked through right in front of you. Plus, if you still don't understand, you can always just ask right then and there.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:45 pm
by Elizabeth 4I
Try joining a study group and review topics that was discussed during lecture.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:47 pm
by emma brinton_3B
personally for studying i make sure to do the practice homework problems and review my notes if im still confused. if you really dont understand a problem follow along with the solutions manual and try again later. also there are some good videos on youtube which covers some of the topics in a more simplistic manner than the textbook.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:51 pm
by MTanikella_1K
Reading the relevant chapters, taking notes on the video modules and reviewing the homework problems are all great ways to prepare for the week and get better with the material.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:55 pm
by Jessica Tejero 3L
Something that has been immensely helpful to me is the AAP program. Enrolling in a plf session two times a week has helped me review a lot in addition to the step up program.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:00 pm
by Prasanna Padmanabham 4I
I agree with everyone here. I am not a auditory learner, so I forget concepts when I just listen to someone explain it. I find it extremely helpful to read the textbook and do every single example problem. This is really helpful because when I'm doing HW problems, I like to classify the problem and understand how different skills "fit" together or what technique I need to use to solve a problem. During this process, if I do get stuck, I like watching videos or asking someone for help. I study like this because it forces me to actively engage with the material instead of just passively listening to someone explain the problem.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:38 pm
by Jose Robles 1D
Can someone point out to me a great drop in session for AAP? I went to one that was packed and didn't learn much? Like any recommendations for a great TA for study sessions?

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:57 pm
by kevinolvera1j
The video modules on the Chem 14A website are excellent resource for initially learning, but to solidify information for long-term recall, forming a study group to do practice problems/tests is a really solid strategy.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:01 pm
by Nuoya Jiang
Do every homework question and read concepts on the text bool as well. Tne syllabus says 1/8 of the homework questions are likely to be on the exams as well, so we should definitely pay attention to those questions.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:02 pm
by J Medina 2I
I found it helpful to read the chapters covered in lecture and going through all the example problems given. I also write question marks in my notes during lecture to remind myself what seemed confusing at the time so I can study it later.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:04 pm
by Christine Honda 2I
I've found it helpful to watch the video modules and going over the practice problems. Sometimes I find the book confusing.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:48 pm
by AryaG_4C
I think that you should essentially try and understand via the audio video lectures that are on the class website and then do the post module as well as the homework question to test yourself!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:03 pm
by Alexis 3F
I've been attending the workshops a few times a week and it's made suchhhh a positive improvement!!!!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:12 pm
by Alan Cornejo 1a
Alexis 3F wrote:I've been attending the workshops a few times a week and it's made suchhhh a positive improvement!!!!


I also found this to be super helpful

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:14 pm
by JohannaPerezH2F
I've also been struggling a lot with keeping up with the material, so if anyone wants to study together and prepare lemme know but I think something that is definitely important is to prepare before the week starts

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:15 pm
by 005162520
The workshops and the step-up sessions have been helpful in approaching problems and reviewing topics that I find confusing. I also go on YouTube when I haven't completely grasped the concepts, but I would strongly recommend to go to office hours for your TA as well.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:16 pm
by jmtz1I
I would definitely recommend going to plf sessions or the step-up sessions they hold at covel. Also, just planning your day and finding time to just study on Chem is essential.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:17 pm
by Alexis 3F
005162520 wrote:The workshops and the step-up sessions have been helpful in approaching problems and reviewing topics that I find confusing. I also go on YouTube when I haven't completely grasped the concepts, but I would strongly recommend to go to office hours for your TA as well.


I AGREE!! Workshops are actually super helpful I go to a few a week and my ability to understand class material has definitely improved.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:26 pm
by Alison Trinh 1E
Rewatching Dr. Lavelle's video modules, doing the homework/practice problems, and attending step-up sessions have been very helpful for me in terms of studying and trying to really understand the material!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:26 pm
by Ryan Juncker 3D
I think the textbook is very well-written for really breaking down topics that we go over in class. Especially if we went over something in class quickly that I didn't quite grasp I think its a great way to clear some things up. Also, the "self-check" problems are a great way to confirm what you're doing as you go!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:29 pm
by Nick Lewis 4F
I think there's a lot of ways you can elaborate on learning in class. What I do is I review my notes, see what resources are online on Dr. Lavelle's website, and then sometimes I will look up topics online and read about them. I will go on youtube and find people that explain concepts more in depth and will also do practice problems that are suggested in the syllabus. If this doesn't work I will go to office hours because there is so much flexibility and availability to get 1on1 help with someone who really knows this stuff well.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:34 pm
by Connor Ho 1B
For me, studying is most effective when I'm in a quiet area (like The Study at Hedrick, lol) and I usually skim through the textbook lessons as well as the notes I take in class. I also look over some notes from my high school AP Chem notebook if any of the topics we learned are something I went over in high school as well.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:35 pm
by Alexis 3F
CHo_3I wrote:For me, studying is most effective when I'm in a quiet area (like The Study at Hedrick, lol) and I usually skim through the textbook lessons as well as the notes I take in class. I also look over some notes from my high school AP Chem notebook if any of the topics we learned are something I went over in high school as well.


I do this same thing!!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:37 pm
by Mallika Chimpiri 3K
Aside from the textbook problems and online video modules, I would recommend doing to the Step-Up sessions and the upcoming midterm review sessions if you feel that you study well with others around; it would be a good way to clarify and reinforce concepts.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:41 pm
by KSong_1J
For studying I definitely recommend reading the textbook chapters (which helps a lot with conceptual understanding of topics), doing all the homework problems, and just searching up youtube videos of topics you don't fully understand!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:13 am
by Juana Abana 1G
JohannaPerezH3D wrote:I've also been struggling a lot with keeping up with the material, so if anyone wants to study together and prepare lemme know but I think something that is definitely important is to prepare before the week starts


Yes, me too.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:05 pm
by Alexis 3F
Going to the workshops are honestly the most helpful thing you can do for yourself in preparing for the midterm

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:14 pm
by Patricia Chan 1C
I feel like going through the concepts in the book is always helpful to clarify any questions you may have on topics. I think practicing is the biggest thing you can do to prepare. Go through the assigned homework problems as well as any practice midterm questions (like the dino nuggets questions) to get a good grasp of how to tackle different types of problems. Hope this helps!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:53 pm
by Chris Tai 1B
I would really recommend trying to do as many of the homework problems as you can, so that when you come across a concept or a problem that you're not sure to how to solve, you can either ask here on Chemistry Community or go back and read the textbook so that you solidify that base of knowledge for yourself. I think that going to these review sessions is also incredibly helpful, go to as many as possible!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:46 pm
by Jessica Tejero 3L
I feel like the step up programs have helped a lot and just reviewing practice problems would be the best.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:48 pm
by Pablo 1K
After lecture, perhaps chill for about 30 minutes (if you know going back to your place will make you lazy), hit a study room or library and after cooling down and relaxing (when u have time), look at video modules and perhaps look up complicated concepts andd see how other people teach it. Practice problems are your best bet. Every so often take short interval breaks to prevent overworking yourself.

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:38 pm
by Alexis 3F
^^^ that's really good advice actually, thank you!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:40 pm
by ShreyaKannan1B
Mallika Chimpiri 3K wrote:Aside from the textbook problems and online video modules, I would recommend doing to the Step-Up sessions and the upcoming midterm review sessions if you feel that you study well with others around; it would be a good way to clarify and reinforce concepts.


The online modules stopped at a certain point right?

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:25 pm
by kendal mccarthy
I usually read the textbook and any concepts I have issues with I look for videos on Khan Academy!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:32 pm
by Karyn How 1J
For me, what I found that really helps is going to workshops for the extra review and worksheets. It’s really useful in regards of reviewing what we learned in lecture. Also go to your tas office hours if you ever have any additional questions or review the section covered in the textbook!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:39 pm
by Alexis 3F
I also like using flashcards and it's helpful to exchange notes with friends too and compare material (in case there's things you missed)!!

Re: Advice for studying

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:22 pm
by 105289321
Study a lot with other people and bounce ideas you don't know off of each other