getinweregoingtimetraveling asked: Hi there! I'm interested in pursuing a chemistry degree. Do you have any tips?
I guess just what to expect:
I don’t have a chemistry degree. I have a technical diploma in Chemical and Environmental Technology. Its safe to say I have taken a LOT of chemistry and related science courses in this program so I hope this helps.
If anyone else wants to pipe in with their experience in getting/during a chemistry degree, feel free.
-There will be math; General Mathematics, Calculus, Math heavy courses like Physical Chemistry. If Math is difficult for you I recommend putting in extra time to practice or considering hiring a tutor. I have trouble with mathematics but it wasn’t completely overwhelming. It was difficult but I managed to pass everything.
-Really focus on getting your work done early so you have time to review and ask your professor questions. This really comes in handy for content heavy courses like Organic Chemistry. Also as an exam preparation tool, study early. Cramming will not work.
-PRACTICE. Practice all your problem sets and read over your notes regularly.
-Buy a molecular model kit. These are really helpful for visualizing atoms, molecules and chemical bonds.
-Arrange study groups with your friends or classmates. Learning together helps iron out problem and fosters understanding of concepts.
-Learn how to do technical writing and neatly summarize your experiments, observations and calculations. There will be a lot of lab reports to write, and this is a particularly useful skill in the sciences.
Beyond that just try hard. Learning chemistry can be a challenge. Its a lot to take in, but I find it really fascinating and interesting. Its definitely my favourite science. If you have the interest and passion you should definitely go for it. :)
Any other questions I’ll be happy to ask.
One thing that really helped me with Chemistry is the mentality of studying/hard-work. There are plenty of people who talk about how you need to have a head for physical sciences and math, IGNORE THIS. There is innate talent, but this gets you so far. Hard work and good study habits are what really takes you through a chemical degree. There will be times you pull all-nighters, times were you study on a Friday night when other people are at a party, but if you plan accordingly you’ll still be able to have a lot of fun without cramming for every test.
1. Talk to your professors early if you have a problem understanding the material, they will always help you a lot more than you expect. Be proactive and talk to them before the first test.
2. Make sure to swap contact info and make friends early on. Study groups are a great idea amongst a bunch of friendly nerds. That’s what carried me through Quantum Chemistry when the concepts were too hard to understand alone. Bonus: teaching others helps you learn! Other bonus: You’re likely to meet people who’ve had your classes before and will give you tips for specific teachers.
3. Arrange a time and place to study and be vigilant about it. If you allow other people to disrespect your time when you’re studying, you’ll have difficulty catching up.
4. Don’t panic. Chemistry is a lot of fun, and if you have good habits and a good schedule going, you’ll have plenty of free time.
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