So you want to pass KJM 1100 (chemistry) with a good grade. Here is what you have to do.
- At the beginning of the semester look at the syllabus. If you start reading on your own this will make sure that you don’t waste time studying material that will not be covered in the final exam.
- Go to class only if that helps you. Do not go to class if you don’t understand a thing of what’s going on there. You’re wasting your time. Be productive instead. Sit down in a quiet place and read a chapter on your own. The book is very good. Watch videos on youtube in order to clarify the difficult concepts.
- Go to most of the mandatory group classes and do all the practice problems. This will pay off when reviewing for the final exam.
- Make sure you understand the labs. Most likely one of the problems in the final exam will be directly related to a lab exercise. Every point counts, right?
- This is a science subject. Make sure you understand the material. Be honest with yourself and don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t get this or that. Ask for help if necessary. Understanding is your best weapon. Once you’ve understood a concept they can ask whatever they want. You will always be able to reason through the problem and eventually get to an answer.
- Solve all the previous exams. The final exam was very similar in structure to other exams. In November the teacher will give you access to the exams given in the last 4-5 years. You will have more than enough to work with.
Here is the syllabus we went through in General Chemistry (autumn 2015).