25 Jan Top 10 Study Tips for a Senior Chemistry Exam
Exams are a stressful time for all involved. I personally help prepare a lot of people for their exams as a high school teacher. There are some sure fire strategies I employ for any test, and specifically chemistry.
Chemistry is a topic near and dear to my heart. I quite enjoy tutoring it and have seen over the years some trends in the successes and failures of my students when writing exams in this topic.
Below, I compiled the most helpful suggestions one may like to know ahead of writing their senior chemistry exam:
1. Read the ENTIRE test first and start where you are MOST confident.
This way you can prioritize your time. Start where you are strongest and go from there.
2. Bring a bottle of water, pencil sharpener, extra pens and pencils, calculator, and scrap paper.
Set yourself up for success.
3. Take the entire test time no matter what.
If time allows, re-read your work and mark your own paper. You may notice small errors. Don’t second guess yourself either! This is a tricky balance.
4. If you don’t know what to do right away, skip and circle the question…come back to it later.
Something in another question will probably inspire you!
5. Watch for significant digits in your final answer.
Always look to the question for the correct choice!
6. Show your work.
The teacher can only give you marks for what is on your page!
7. Use therefore statements.
These count for marks, and it shows your teacher what is your final answer.
8. Start any question by stating your given information.
This will help you choose the correct formula.
9. Mass and moles… one can always tell you the other.
If something is given in grams, a conversion to moles is possible via molar mass.
Vice versa, if something is given in moles, or a solution is in moles, and grams is required, we can convert to mass using molar mass.
10. The molar ratio only helps if you’re working in moles.
You know the molar ratio as soon as you have a balanced equation. If you were not given one, you may be able to create it if the information is available in the question.
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