Five Reasons Why Students Fail Chemistry

chemistry-studentsTime and time again, students fail chemistry classes. One of the main reasons is due to procrastination. Initially, the beginning concepts may seem easy to students. However, it is important for students to continually add knowledge and refresh upon lessons they have already learned. This is best accomplished by studying daily for small amounts at a time, so the concepts are fresh and easy to recall. This prevents stressful nights of long and frenzied study sessions, which often are not successful. By reviewing concepts daily and with a fresh mind, students are able to link concepts together in order to gain a wide reaching and solid fundamental base of knowledge.

Second, students fail chemistry because they often underestimate the amount of math skills required to successfully master the topic. Students often make easily avoidable mistakes by focusing solely on chemistry and not in mathematics that are implicit within chemistry. Again, daily practice is suggested to make chemistry problems more familiar and less daunting. Also, it makes sense to clearly and carefully label all variables, either defined or undefined, when using chemistry equations to decipher an answer to a problem.

chemistry bookThird, students fail chemistry because they don’t put in enough time to master the concepts. Chemistry is a very dense subject and involves reading the text. Students must take the initiative to do reading outside of class and prepare questions for the teacher or professor. Only by building a solid fundamental base will students be able to pass chemistry, and the best way to do this is to read all texts, even those for lab exercises and lectures.

Fourth, students often do not believe they can pass chemistry. Chemistry is a very difficult subject, with lots of intricacies, formulas to memorize, and principles to understand. Students must believe in themselves; otherwise, they will only be fighting against themselves when it comes to passing the subject.

Finally, it’s important to independently do practice questions, without falling to the temptation to copy answers from friends or the back of the textbook, which is a resource for understanding, and not just for checking the box to complete a homework assignment.

What Is Chemistry?

Chemistry is a subset of science focused on the composition and characteristics of all types of substances. To put it simply, it’s the study of matter. Those who study chemistry conduct experiments to figure out reactions when different types of substances are combined. This often involves breaking each substance down into their most fundamental elements in order to decipher what components of the substances cause certain reactions. For that reason, it is important that a chemist have a very nuanced understanding of the basic building blocks of different materials, in order to determine the drivers of certain reactions between different substances.

In order to represent each chemical reaction, chemists focus on atoms and molecules, which are microscopic units of a certain substance. Atoms and molecules are labeled with chemical symbols, to better represent the proportionate composition of each substance.elements, the most pure representations of substances, are often named after those scientists who first discover them. For brevity, elements are often abbreviated by the first few letters of their scientific name ( for example, hydrogen is H) on the periodic table. Chemists use different iterations of these chemical symbols to describe elements and reactions between elements and substances. The chemical symbols of different elements may be similar, but each is unique.


The most useful purpose of chemical symbols is to describe and represent the chemical reactions between substances at the microscopic, atomic level. Elements contain chemical symbols, and numbers (to denote proportions of various atoms and molecules). Consistent with this methodology is that the substances that are used as part of a chemical reaction, known as the reactants, are located on the left side of a representative chemical equation, while the products, the result of the reaction, are located on the right side of the equation.


There are many uses for chemistry, one of which is to produce and fabricate new substances. In order to do so, chemistry analyzes the basic fundamental being of substances, in order to understand the basic properties of individual atoms during the combination of two or more elements, the result of these efforts is the widespread understanding and acknowledgement of undeniable laws, chemical formulations, and scientific truths. Chemistry contributes to a greater understanding of our environment, and with a greater understanding, chemists are able to help in the fabrication and synthesis of materials that are more durable, more effective, and life enhancing