Time 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.
Third, 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.