Chemistry 1031 (General Chemistry I) at Temple University is one of the classes almost everyone must take. Whether it’s for GenEd or for your major but in some cases it’s not the easiest. Here is how to actually get a good grade.

1. Don’t skip class

Even though we’re all in college and like to sleep in or sometimes you’re just being lazy but skipping the class is one of the mistakes people make. During the lecture, you’re most likely learning the important stuff that will be on the exam.

2. Study from day one

You’ll probably be studying for a huge exam the day before and even the day of. It is NEVER too early to study! Know your stuff and be prepared. By studying early you have enough time to get help or ask questions about certain topics you might not understand.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Most likely a lot of your classmates will be having difficulties in the class. Do not be ashamed. Someone might be happy you asked a question. If you’re too shy find different tutors specifically for chemistry. There are plenty of tutoring opportunities that you can take advantage of.

4. Use your textbook

Don’t just spend money on the book for you not to use it. Read the sections that you’re learning about. You have a textbook to help you throughout the course. Highlight and take notes in it, you won’t regret it when you’re actually understanding what is going on for once.

5. Create a study group

This is a great way to make friends and a fun way to study. Maybe someone is better at one topic than you and they can explain it to you. Studying with other people also makes studying less boring and you will understand things better. DO NOT make a study group with people who will get off track and just want to talk the whole time there.

6. Put in the effort

In the end, it is all up to you whether you put in the time and effort. So studying time and focus does matter!  The more time you put into it the better results you’ll end up getting. It is important to also put in extra effort because if you don’t then you might not get the results you’re looking for. Time and effort will be your best friends; do the extra problems and make the time to study a bit more.

Surviving Chemistry 1031 isn’t hard, what it does take is time. Understanding that you will need to put time and effort out of lecture is one of the most important parts of passing this class. The professors are there to help you shouldn’t be scared to ask them questions if you do have some. In the end, you’ll realize this class isn’t hard it’s just time-consuming.


Diana Zavala

Biology Student at Temple University

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