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4 Ways to Have An Awesome and Productive Spring Break

Spring break is coming up, which usually means big plans for students. Many of us will be traveling, spending time with friends and family, volunteering, or just looking forward to a week or two to decompress from our hectic school schedule. Unfortunately, the semester doesn’t end just because classes are out. Whatever else you are …

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Functional Groups for Health and Bio Majors

Modern biology is inescapably dependent on organic chemistry.  From macro to micro, ecology to quantum biology, everything we know about life is built on an understanding of events happening at a molecular scale.  This is especially true for healthcare and medicine.  Drug design targets neurological and metabolic pathways with chemicals designed to patch malfunctioning chemical …

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How to Succeed in Chemistry Class: An Incremental Gain Approach

Success in a chemistry class is a particularly hard topic to discuss.  It is a multifaceted and difficult topic that is deeply rooted in the overall cognitive theory and the idea of intelligence.  Luckily, the cognitive science offers some guidance on how to succeed in chemistry.  Let me elaborate. There will be a moment in …

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Using Flash Cards to Study Organic Chemistry

There are many different ways to study organic chemistry. I’m pretty sure most of you know about, and many of you actually use this simple learning strategy—flash-cards. Now, how exactly do you make your flash cards? Do you just put some info you need to remember on it and flip through your cards from time …

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How to Develop Good Chemistry Study Skills

It’s hard to tell from the outside how effectively a student is spending their time studying chemistry.  The trouble is—that it’s easy to go through the motions of coming to class, reading assigned text, and doing homework without ever thinking deeply about why you are doing those things.  It’s important to remember that if you …

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What you lose by not working with your tutor on a regular basis

When students are thinking about hiring a chemistry tutor, one of the questions that comes to mind is: “Should you work with a tutor on an on-demand or on a regular schedule basis?” The benefits for the both are fairly obvious. When working with a tutor on-demand basis, you have a flexibility of asking a …

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