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CHM412 stuff

Posted on: October 1, 2013

OK. The Main CHM412 page is no longer a sticky.
You can access it using the menu’s on the right.

I want to say this…

Please, when in lecturers, do not just sit there listening to me. Although you may understand at the time, or think you understand me at the time(!!!), it is very likely that very soon after (maybe even after just a day or so) you will begin to forget bits and pieces of what I said.

Holes will appear in a continuous chain of logic that featured in a description of some process or phenomenon and the whole chain of knowledge will begin the path of decay, Meaning that you will have to learn the topic again from the very beginning, almost as if you never attended the class at all!

Only when you become stronger in chemistry then simply listening to information it it’s not too hard for it to stay in your mind (although making notes is still the best thing to do) because your brain is able to connect the issue to previously stored inforamtion. Think of a jigsaw puzzle. The experienced chemist has a lot of the puzzle already solved. Any remaining pieces and parts of the picture are easily identified and slotted in to the existing picture. To the inexperienced chemist, you are likely just to have started the jigsaw puzzle and are faced with random pieces that are very hard to connect, and take a considerable effort to do so.

Unless you actively engage in the information being given – e.g after class re-read the notes  < It is important to do this quickly preferably on the same day of the lecture. Evaluate your understanding of it, list things you don’t understand and things you do understand (the syllabus is great for this – keeping a record of what you know/understand and what you don’t!!!) go away and read the subject expecially the aspects you don’t quite understand. Try and rewrite your notes – or made additional notes.

Relying on ‘raw’ or nearly raw powerpoint slides is a poor way to go about things. Consider powerpoint notes to be just a summary of what you need to read about.

You MUST INTERACT with the information.!!! write down keywords, keyphrases and v.brief summaries of what I say in the class. Often they will help you understand something on the slide.

This isn’t school anymore. The expectation is that you don’t just learn in the class session. No! You use the class session to realise what YOU must go and learn about. The emphasis is very much on YOU, the student, to learn. That’s a key difference between university and school. At Uni YOU are the master of your own ‘knowledge destiny’.

Students have NEVER had it so good – especially at the more simple levels of learning as YouTube contains tens of excellent video’s that you can use as a springboard to understanding. But really, you must also read a book.

LEARNING BECOMES MUCH, MUCH EASIER WHEN INFORMATION BECOMES CONNECTED WITH OTHER INFORMATION

And remember…

While you think you may know something, it’s doing practice questions that REALLY shows whether you have learned those knowledge skills (and can apply them) or not.

Do the Q’s in your books and past years tests/exams and so forth.

If you do this as well as the other common good student practices of course – like dedicated study time, making study timetables etc then you succeed and be a worthy chemist indeed.

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