Chemistry can be a fun and an enjoyable subject.  It is far different from any course you have studied to date.  The mathematics you have learned in Algebra I and Algebra II will be applied to the real world.  This course is lab centered, abstract, and mathematical in nature.  To be successful in chemistry you must learn to apply, in new situations, previous knowledge gained.  Those of you who depend on memorization of facts in order to achieve academic success will have to rethink how to study for such highly theoretical courses as chemistry.

Students who have not met with success in their first year of high school chemistry usually have had several of the following problems:

  • Disorganization
  • Do not take good class notes.
  • Do not read the textbook.
  • Do not do homework assignments.
  • Do not ask for extra help right away.
  • Leave assignments and studying for the last minute.


The key to success in chemistry is to learn how to think and become independent.  This is a step you will have to take on your own.  You must learn to make the jump from one who thinks at a concrete level (memorizes) to an independent thinker.  The jump you are asked to make is not impossible. I am here to help you.  The following are suggestions to help you meet with success in chemistry:

  • Do assigned homework each night.  Do not wait until the last minute.
  • Consult other students in the class; they may have insights that will help you.  This is not a copying session, but a think tank.
  • Do not miss class.  You will discover that a significant about of material is covered everyday, and you will quickly fall behind if you are absent. 
  • Don’t give up! Get help as soon as you do not understand something.
  • Take good class notes.
  • If you are having trouble with math problems, you should do more problems as extra practice.