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CHE 106 is one of many 100 level science courses at Syracuse that opens up so many opportunities for higher level chemistry courses. It’s a great intro class to take, and here are some tips to succeed!

1. Go to Lecture

Lecture is always an important piece in learning the course’s material! Depending on your professor, your lectures will most likely be posted online. However, the lectures online are often not completely filled out, and are missing important information. Going to lecture ensures that you have all of the information you need to succeed!

2. Pay Attention in Lab

CHE 106 has a joint class, CHE 107. CHE 107 is the laboratory class that comes along with taking CHE 106, and it is mandatory. The material covered in lab is directly related to what you just learned in CHE 106, so it’s important to pay attention! The post-labs have problems relating to concepts you learned in lecture, so they act as great practice. The ideas talked about in lab generally help you understand the material better.

3. Do your Homework

The homework for CHE 106 counts towards your grade, so it’s important to always make sure you do it on time! However, the homework also acts as great practice for exams. Even if you’ve completed the homework, you can still go back to look at it later! There’s also a ‘Practice’ tool that allows you to redo the problems you got wrong, though you don’t get any credit for it. Homework is a big part of your grade in CHE 106!

4. Go to Recitation!

Trust me, recitation is worth your time! Depending on who your professor is, recitation might count as 1 extra credit point every time you go! There are quizzes in recitation, but they’re great practice to prepare yourself for any upcoming exams. Not to mention recitation is a great time to ask any questions you might not want to ask in a 200+ person lecture. You also get the opportunity to be taught by a TA in a more personal setting, which is very useful.

5. Keep Track of your Time!

CHE 106 can get pretty time consuming, because of all the work it requires. The nearly 3 hour long labs, homework, and reading can take a huge chunk out of your schedule! Make sure you keep enough time open in your calendar to study, do homework, and go to office hours! Keeping track of your time can only benefit you in the end, so be sure to keep a good balance!

CHE 106 can be tough, but with enough dedication it’s an easy class to master! It requires a lot of time and effort to be put into it, and a lot of time being holed up in Bird or Carnegie studying. Some of the concepts get a little confusing at times, so be sure to go to office hours for any questions you have. In the end your hard work will pay off, and you’ll have the opportunity to take higher level chemistry courses in the future!


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Amanda Burnes

I'm a freshman at Syracuse University, who's excited to be writing for OneClass!


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