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Midterm

Postby Alexandria Ilagan 2A » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:27 pm

Does anyone have any advice on how I should prepare for the midterm?

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Re: Midterm

Postby WilliamNguyen_4L » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:28 pm

The review sessions held by TAs and UAs are very helpful. Doing all the homework assigned is also another good way to prepare.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Lumbini Chandrasekera 1B » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:29 pm

Step ups are really good.

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Re: Midterm

Postby 904936893 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:36 pm

Definitely doing all the homework problems assigned, because I know sometimes textbook problems are put on the midterm / final verbatim.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Anjali 4A » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:04 pm

HW problems are a good way of preparing and practicing similar types of problems for the midterm. Also I believe that Dr Lavelle always puts 1 question from the hw on the exams.

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Re: Midterm

Postby josephperez_2C » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:08 pm

In my experience the best way to prepare for professor Lavelle's exams is the practice problems that are assigned. It might sound a bit arbitrary but what I like to do is actually repeat and quickly jot down the steps to each problem after I've completed it. It's worked well for me and I also think the review sessions are really helpful.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Sheridan Slaterbeck 1J » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:16 pm

I would say the homework problems, and the extra study guides some of the UA's post like I know Lyndon usually does one.

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Re: Midterm

Postby 705170809 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:37 pm

Professor Lavelle provides many resources such as Step up, Workshop, and Drop in Sessions for students to use. If you are confused about the topics and feel like you need more practice, I would recommend going to a Step up or Workshop session, since they teach the basics and provide worksheets to help you too. If you have a question about a specific homework problem, drop in sessions are convenient as well. Before tests, going to TA office hours are useful since they give you specific topics to focus on that are definitely going to be on the test since they are the ones that make it. Of course, the homework problems are always a useful tool too since it is the best form of practice and you will see many challenging problems from the homework problems. Professor Lavelle also provides Midterm Review Sessions which can be helpful if you struggle on certain topics, and UA Lyndon's review session and worksheets are also extremely helpful to go to before the midterm.

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Re: Midterm

Postby 005199302 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:42 pm

Review all your notes to make sure you've grasped the material conceptually. If there's anything you don't understand you can check the textbook to clear things up. Then after you've done that do the assigned homework - it's really good practice.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Mukil_Pari_2I » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:45 pm

Looking up and doing extra practice problems online also helps reinforce key concepts.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Phil Timoteo 1K » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:47 am

Completing homework problems and attending office hours if needed.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Mikka Hoffman 1C » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:05 am

I would definitely do all the homework problems, as well as going over any old tests. The review sessions are helpful, especially going to the ones that are on topics you're having trouble with

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Re: Midterm

Postby Anand Narayan 1G » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:52 pm

I would say definitely doing the homework problems and reading the textbook as well as class notes are the best way to prepare.

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Re: Midterm

Postby jessicahe4Elavelle » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:32 pm

The best way to prepare in my opinion is reading the concepts in the book, understanding the sample problems and finally doing ALL homework problems assigned to us. Practice is key.

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Re: Midterm

Postby KatrinaPho_2I » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:14 pm

LYNDON BUI WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND. Make sure you go to all of the review sessions that you can make. They will cover the most important topics and give you example questions that will prepare you well for the major tests.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Diana Sandoval 1K » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:46 pm

In my opinion it would be doing the homework and being able to understand the concepts. Also if you can go to the review sessions/ step-up sessions you should definitely do it because they're super helpful.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Melody P 2B » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:29 pm

I've never had Lavelle before and I was wondering whether the questions on midterms/finals are mostly math based/problem solving or are there conceptual questions asked as well?

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Re: Midterm

Postby IsabelLight2H » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:07 pm

Also never had Lavelle before and am not sure how conceptual the questions will be. Or will it be more calculations? Also are midterms and finals similar to the test we've already taken?

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Re: Midterm

Postby Nina Do 4L » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:17 pm

This Wednesday Professor Lavelle is going to announce various workshops and review sessions located around campus at various times to fit your schedule. I recommend going to those as well as doing some practice problems and finding videos online that relate to the course.

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Re: Midterm  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:24 pm

Homework problems are the BEST preparation.
Also one of the eight questions will come directly from the homework.

This review session is confirmed:

Wed Feb 6, 2-2:50pm, Dodd 147, Joyce, Equilibrium

The rest I will announce Wednesday in class.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Selina Bellin 2B » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:11 pm

practice problems! review sessions! covel study sessions!!!!!

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Re: Midterm

Postby Ricardo Martin 1J » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:35 am

I have found it helpful to do all the homework problems and attend peer learning sessions.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Ethan Baurle 1A » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:07 am

Homework problems as well as watching youtube videos on certain concepts has worked well for me. Professor Dave Explains on youtube has some good videos that explains concepts pretty clearly.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Lynsea_Southwick_2K » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:24 am

Between going over notes, the modules, the homework problems you should be good to go. If you have any doubts utilize the normal weekly sessions and even the midterm review sessions.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Arshiya » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:01 am

I also recommend watching Youtube videos in order to review major concepts. In addition, I like doing the worksheets Karen posts on Chemistry Community. I also like to take notes down while reading the textbook. Reviewing my notes, doing as many problems I can, and attending the reviews sessions has worked for me

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Re: Midterm

Postby Noah Fox 1E » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:03 am

Some UA's and LA's provide worksheets for more practice problems. These sometimes come with walkthroughs. Linden's reviews are usually pretty good.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Melissa Villanueva1K » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:38 pm

Doing homework problems, attending any step up sessions, and going to the review sessions that will be happening throughout the week. Also there are practice problems that may be posted.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Searra Harding 4I » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:22 pm

A great way to prepare is doing all the homework problems, attending UA/TA sessions and office hours, as well as watching youtube videos to clarify anything else.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Charles Gu 1D » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:02 pm

I recommend doing all the homework problems, review the problems that your TA went over, and go over your notes. Also, review session are an amazing way of covering all topics in a short period of time.

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Re: Midterm

Postby deniise_garciia » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:06 pm

Would anyone mind posting some of the help that the TA's and UA's had during this week? I'd greatly appreciate it! the fact that I couldn't go to some is because I commute and its not worth wasting 4 hours of commute only for a 1 hour help. Thanks again!

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Re: Midterm

Postby 005113695 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:56 am

The workshops are so so helpful!! Definitely go to Lyndon's, but make sure you go early to save yourself a seat!

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Re: Midterm

Postby Karishma_1G » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:03 pm

I feel that the HW and Review Sessions are the best ways to prepare!

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Re: Midterm

Postby Kevin Tang 4L » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:32 pm

Go to tomorrow's review session that starts at 12pm at CS50. The TA will review Thermochem and Thermodynamics if you are having trouble with that.
Doing all the assigned homework questions is also a great way to study!

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Re: Midterm

Postby Danny Zhang 4L » Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:51 pm

In my opinion, the best way to prepare is doing the practice midterms that are given out during review sessions.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Nathan Tran 4K » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:11 pm

I would say review notes, read textbook for unfamiliar concepts, do lots of homework problems, and go to review sessions! Lavelle has so many resources!

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Re: Midterm

Postby Samantha Silva 1F » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:19 pm

Does anyone know the structure of what the midterm will consist of? Does anyone have an idea if it will be heavily weighed on material from before the first test, after the first test or half and half ? I would appreciate it if anyone has an idea. Thanks.

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Re: Midterm

Postby MadelineHlobik » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:59 pm

Are the homework problems a good indicator of what the midterm will be like?

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Re: Midterm

Postby 204929947 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:52 am

From past experience, his test tend to be conceptual. He wants you to really understand the concepts and know how to apply them. Also be able to denote when and how to use the formulas that he gives in class. The homework should be very similar to his test.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Hilda Sauceda 3C » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:38 am

Do you guys know if the TAs or UAs are going to have some type of midterm review.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Rachel Yoo 1F » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:24 am

If you go to any TA office hour, they will tell you what topics are on the midterm and generally help with any questions you have for the midterm.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Lumbini Chandrasekera 1B » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:40 pm

Do we have to know how to derive equations?

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Re: Midterm

Postby Millicent Navarro 1I » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:00 pm

Personally, what really helps me prepping for exams attending UA workshops. There are a variety of selections (i.e., drop-in, workshops, step-up) for you to choose from depending on your mastery.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Angela Cong 3C » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:33 pm

The notes area also extremely important. If you can, try to memorize even the small details that might seem arbitrary. I remember in 14a Lavelle put some questions on the test that were briefly mentioned in class.

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Re: Midterm

Postby alanaarchbold » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:57 pm

Melody P 2B wrote:I've never had Lavelle before and I was wondering whether the questions on midterms/finals are mostly math based/problem solving or are there conceptual questions asked as well?

They're mostly math based/problem solving but there are still conceptual questions, they're just worth less points./A lot of the questions have multiple parts (like a, b, c...) and combine conceptual with math

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Re: Midterm

Postby Emily Kennedy 4L » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:59 pm

highly recommend youtube videos too, sometimes just watching someone do the problem and seeing how they lay it out really helps

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Re: Midterm

Postby Nicklas_Wright_1A » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:30 pm

It can also be a good idea to practice doing math problems slowly and methodically. If you make one mistake on the wrong question, it can cost you severely.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Jordan Lo 2A » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:46 pm

Reading other people's questions on Chemistry Community about homework problems while I'm doing them helps me a lot because I can see how else to approach the problem

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Re: Midterm

Postby Melody P 2B » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:58 pm

alanaarchbold wrote:
Melody P 2B wrote:I've never had Lavelle before and I was wondering whether the questions on midterms/finals are mostly math based/problem solving or are there conceptual questions asked as well?

They're mostly math based/problem solving but there are still conceptual questions, they're just worth less points./A lot of the questions have multiple parts (like a, b, c...) and combine conceptual with math


Thank you so much!

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Re: Midterm

Postby Brian Chang 2H » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:38 pm

If you can find a course reader (or a scan of one) there are very helpful past paper questions included inside.

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Re: Midterm

Postby Alexis 3F » Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:06 pm

Attending the workshops is honestly one of the most helpful things you can do for yourself in preparing for the midterm


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