This is the web page for both of my Chem A classes, periods 2 and 3.
Since I started with this class at the semester, they didn't make a separate page for period 3.
How can I bring my grade up?
“How Do I Bring Up My Grade?”
I am asked this question frequently. Here is my best answer:
- Tutoring-- Tutoring is usually available through the Career Center. The tutors are student volunteers who have taken the class before. One Paid tutors that I know of is: Heather Murillo, 909-709-4977, firstname.lastname@example.org, She has been helpful to students in the past.
- Come in to see me in the morning. I’m here usually around 7 every morning. If your grade is low I would recommend coming in once or twice a week for a while. You could: ask questions about the homework, work on your homework and ask questions as you go along, and practice working calculation problems on the board.
- Complete all assignments.
- Sometimes students say that they finish all the homework, but still do poorly on tests. Just because you can answers the questions with your book or notes open in front of you, doesn’t mean you can remember it all when the test comes around. You need to remember everything without looking at the book. Here are a few tips:
- Make flash cards for vocab. Use them to study. I have been known to give extra credit for flash cards turned in.
- Practice doing the calc problems without looking at the book or your notebook. (Yes, that means doing some of the ones you already did.) If you can do them without looking at the book, you are going to pass. Come in before school and do a couple problems at the board.
- Look at www.studygs.net. This web site was created by a professor at a university in Minnesota. It contains many tips and techniques. Try one or two. If they work, keep doing them. If not, try another.
- Create a study group. Sometimes it’s best if your bestest friends are not in your study group because when you are with your friends you don’t always stay focused. Members of a study group can help each other be accountable. They can help each other understand.
- Sitting and watching TV with your book open in front of you does not constitute “studying”. Studying takes place with the TV OFF and your phone/iPod/music OFF.
- Some people find Chemistry difficult. All of you are capable of succeeding, but it may take some extra effort. If you’re not willing to put in the extra time, you are going to struggle.
If I think of anything else, I’ll update this list.
NOTEBOOK REQUIRED FOR CLASS
All students need a spiral-bound notebook for use in Chem A. It can be wide-ruled or college-ruled, 1 subject or more. A 5 subject size, 180 sheets, will probably be enough to get through the year. If you get the smaller ones, you will probably need more than one. I want to start using it on Thursday the 9th.
Notes on how to balance chemical equations
Stuff to review for 1st semester final exam
Stuff to use to review for the 2nd semester final exam
Heat, Rate, and Equilibrium stuff
here are the papers for setting up the homework notebook
Here is the big file of Chem A exercises
Here's a common ion chart that you can print out for yourself
Here is a copy of the Curriculum Paper for Chem A
Here are the answers for the exercise on page 268 in your yellow lab manual. The exercise is on the Mole House!!
How Do I Get An A or B In Chemistry???
Tips for Preparing for a Test