Studying and Thinking About Problems | Solving General Chemistry Problems
Saturday, April 2, 2016
To understand chemistry, you will have to work hundreds of problems.
Improved study habits and problem solving skills come only w/ practice and w/ a determined effort spread over a long time.
Two main sources of difficulty and frustration:
(1) study habits
(2) the way you analyze a problem and proceed to its solution
Learn each assignment before going to a new one:
-- new concepts depend on previous material
-- keep up to date
-- Chemistry is a physical science!
Devote your thinking time to understanding the principles and the problems
Minimize the amount of material you memorize:
-- Limit memorization to the basic facts and principles from which you can reason the solutions of the problems.
-- Know this smallish amount of factual material really well; then concentrate on how to use it in a logical, effective way
-- Make condensed revision notes
Study pertinent class notes and text material until you think you fully understand the facts and principles involved before working homework problems
-- Try to work the problems w/out reference to text, class notes, or friendly assistance
-- Be aware if you have worked the problems w/ a crutch à it’s quite possible that…