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HELP CHEMISTRYY :((
by Anna34xo Leaving Cert Chemistry — 11/02/17 13

how do you study for chemistry? i dont udnerstand anything, im failing most of my exams, but i listen in class, take notes and ask questions and i cant drop chemistry because i want to do medicine, please helppp :'(


13 Comments
seamus.breathnach.9 — 27/11/16
Watch a video on youtube about a topic you're struggling with. Instead of depending on your teachers helping you understand, researching it from another source can be helpful sometimes.
Anna34xo — 27/11/16
thanks so much, do you mean like videos on youtube or would there be a better website where i could get like better videos more related to the Leaving Cert?
Antman9000 — 27/11/16
Where are you failing? Isolate the parts of chem you don't understand and try to see why you don't understand it. Some things you just have to memorise (experiments, definitions, etc) while other things require you to think about what is happening (oxidation, equilibrium). If its the former, you just need to learn them . If its the later, you need to do more questions, look at the exam papers and see how they did it. And if you really just don't understand the basics then like person above said look at the vids on Youtube etc.
jimmylee123 — 27/11/16
if you wanted to watch videos on youtube i would recommend watching crash course chemistry as it really made chem a bit more fun and was very helpful for me as i was in the same position as you a month or two ago
Anna34xo — 28/11/16
thanks so much :))
seamus.breathnach.9 — 10/12/16
Try to relate concepts in Chemistry to real life situations, for instance - One can compare the excitation of electrons to throwing a ball up a stairs, the ball reaches a higher step but soon rolls back down to the start of the stairs. Electrons act in a very similar way when energy is passed through them, They jump to a higher energy level and then fall down back down to ground state. (emitting a frequency of light which is equal to the difference between the two fixed energy levels)
seamus.breathnach.9 — 10/12/16
Developing these "analogies" can really aid to your understanding of a topic.
Jemin — 17/12/16
just ask your mates for help :))
Anna34xo — 17/12/16
thanks so much 'Jemin' i shall use this advice forever
Viktoria_7162 — 14/01/17
That was honestly me in 5th year, start of l.c. I started getting chemistry grinds and i honestly can't recommend them enough! One on one teaching helps me understand it way way more and i don't feel silly asking questions that seem stupid in class. Since then I've been getting 80%-100% in all my class tests which is a massive change from the usual fails to 50% i was getting last year, and my teacher has been saying how much ive improved :)
exam — 14/01/17
Having done chemistry last year and received an A1, I am now giving grinds in the subject. I can honestly say that the same stuff comes up time and time again. Practice exam papers as much as you possibly can and have somebody correct them for you if you can't follow the marking scheme. You will be amazed at how similar the sums are each year in experiment question, equilibrium, acids and bases. Also there is so much theory that can be learned for topics like fuels, water, trends in periodic table, electron and water that you will begin to laugh when they ask it again on your paper. My favourite question was the organic question because with a bit of practice, you become so familiar with the shapes of the compounds they ask you to draw and you'll actually have to think it through rather than rehash something you learned from the book. Also folens online is great for the experiments as the videos they give really help to understand the experimental procedure and the expected results. Hope this helps!
Reecelacey99 — 09/02/17
I find the best way i to stick with past exam questions. You'll notice the ask pretty much the same questions every year.
Queenlayla — 11/02/17
Anna i have the same issue with chemistry and NEVER thinking of dropping it in relation to Medicine. Videos would definitely help, however try getting Chemistry Live book. I recommend buying it. It is exceptionally meaningful and contains all the experiments. If you have one, start memorising the basic stuff, for instance, definitions and words in bold. Do that for every chapter. Eventually review the whole chapter again going through things you didn't read or study. That way, you'll find it helpful.
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