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CSU - CHEM 111 - Chem 111 Letter to Future Students - Class Notes

School: Colorado State University
Department: Chemistry
Course: General Chemistry I
Professor: Ruth Tucker
Term: Summer 2016
Tags: Chemistry
Name: Chem 111 Letter to Future Students
Description: This is a letter covering what you should and shouldn't do in Chem 111, and how to succeed in the class in general.
Uploaded: 01/14/2016
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background image Caroline Hurlbut  323 Pinon Hall  900 W. Plum St.  Fort Collins, CO, 80521  December 10, 2015  Dear Future Chem 111 Student,  Chem 111 is a very important course, not just at CSU, but anywhere, and I assure you it is 
challenging, so I want to give you some advice for succeeding in it.  A lot of what I am about to 
tell you is common sense, but I can tell you not doing these things is a big reason why a lot of 
people struggle in or fail Chem 111, so pay attention. 
The first thing you should do to succeed in Chem 111 is obviously to actually go to lecture and 
recitation.  There are no powerpoint notes, and the textbook only helps you so much because it’s 
not a real person that can explain the material more simply if you need help.  Chem 111 may be 
one of the most important classes you take all semester, so actually go to every class, even if it’s 
at 8 am, and take notes while you’re there because going to class is useless unless you also pay 
attention (unless you’re out of town or really sick or something; you shouldn’t go to class if 
you’re dying).  I promise it’s not that bad.  I never fell asleep once; believe it or not the class is 
actually kind of interesting.  Second thing is do your homework.  You may not think those 
reading reflections worth one point each are a big deal, but skip enough of them and those 
missing points start to add up.  Same with learning journals, clicker questions, and ALEKS.  You 
paid for an iclicker and they’re a pretty significant portion of the semester’s points, so don’t let 
easy points go and use it.  Also, completing ALEKS objectives is really important because there 
are over 200 topics, all relating to what you learn in class, and completing them not only gets you 
points but helps you practice.  I understood the material a lot more after practicing in ALEKS, so 
this is probably the most important source of practice outside of example problems in lecture and 
recitation.  Third thing you should do is really try on the exams.  Going into this class I’d heard 
horror stories about Chem 111 exams and how difficult they are, and I promise you they are, but 
don’t quit.  Make a study plan that works for you, follow that plan, and try your best on the 
exam.  If this means taking some more time to read and answer each question carefully and 
going through it twice to make sure you didn’t make any dumb mistakes, then do it, because it’s 
worth putting in some effort and not bombing the exams.  Doing the post-exam reflections helps 
too; they’re easy, take 30 minutes at the most, and can get you up to 10% back on your exam, so 
not doing these would be dumber than any dumb mistake you made on the exam.  Again, all 
these things seem like common sense, but you might be surprised by how many people don’t do 
them and think they can get away with it, and they don’t and end up having to retake the class, so 
just do them. 

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School: Colorado State University
Department: Chemistry
Course: General Chemistry I
Professor: Ruth Tucker
Term: Summer 2016
Tags: Chemistry
Name: Chem 111 Letter to Future Students
Description: This is a letter covering what you should and shouldn't do in Chem 111, and how to succeed in the class in general.
Uploaded: 01/14/2016
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