How to Study Chemistry in College | 10 Tips for Classes and Exams
Chemistry is an exciting subject of science with knowledge of matter around us.
It is a bit complicated subject with many formulas and reaction steps and can also be confusing.
Chemistry needs an understanding of basics for strong command over the subject.
If you have basics chemistry becomes so easy that you can derive formula in the exam if you need to solve a problem or complete any reaction based on knowledge of stoichiometry.
So it is essential to master the basics.
The basics of how to study chemistry include
- What is an atom, electron, positron and neutron?
- Next basics include what an element, molecule, compound, ion, a nascent atom is.
- Also, what is an atomic number, atomic weight, periodic table, group elements, heavy metals, radioactive elements?
- Then electronegativity, electropositivity, bonds (sigma, pi, etc.), types of bonding, resonance in a cyclic structure.
- For reactions neutralization, oxidoreduction, complexation, stoichiometry, etc.
- For chemical analysis, the idea of titrations, colorimetric, potentiometry, amperometry, chromatography, etc.
- Name reactions like the Lassaigne’s test (sodium fusion test), Fehling’s test, etc.
- For synthesis knowledge of solvents, polarity, column chromatography, a reaction involving heat or microwaves.
- For subject differentiation what is inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, analytic chemistry, phytochemical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, etc?
- Tips on how to study chemistry:
- Attend classes regularly to not miss any topics.
- Take notes of what is said in the class.
- Use standard textbooks for reference.
- Always see or revise previous class before attending next class. This helps you to keep a follow on the topic.
- Never hesitate to ask any doubts to the teacher.
- Draw diagrams as required by the topic. The diagram helps memorize the topic easier.
- Try to solve reaction on your own.
- Solve any new problems to get an idea of how you can perform if new problems are asked.
- Try to assimilate or understand most complex reactions.
- When you come across name reactions, try to understand why so and so reagent is added there and what is its contribution. This is a damn technique to remember the reactions without problems.