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Q: Is chemistry really challenging?
A: Chemistry is a class that will require work to succeed. For many students, it is their most challenging class of the year.

Q: How many units are there throughout the semester/year?
A: 6 units 1st semester, 8 units 2nd semester

Q: Are we going to have weekly tests/quizzes?
A: We will often start class with a 5-10 minute quiz. Our units last 2-3 weeks, and there will be a lecture test and/or lab test at the end of each unit.

Q: What is your main way of presenting information?
A: We use a variety of methods, but POGILs and lecture will be the modes that will be used the most often.

Q: How much homework will be assigned or will students be expected to study on their own?
A: Each unit, we will have a homework packet and lab packet that will be the best tools for practicing skills and material. At the end of the units, we will have shorter reviews to help prepare for the test. Some students may study beyond that, but these structured activities, if done well will go a long way toward mastering material

Q: What do you think is the most important part to being successful in Chemistry?
A: I’d say there are 3 keys to success:
1. Being engaged during class
2. Doing homework and labs as soon as possible
3. Checking your work with the answer keys then getting help if you had issues
Making a study buddy/study group also is quite helpful

Q: Is it easy to keep up with everything in chemistry if you miss a day?
A: If it was a lecture day, the presentations are posted online, but often it is also best to borrow notes. If it was a lab day, you should read the lab procedure, get data from a peer, and then come see me if you have questions about the lab after having done those 2 things.

Q: I did not take physical science. Do you think I will struggle in Chem?
A: While physical science does some basic exploration of chemistry concepts, this class is designed as if you walk in knowing virtually nothing about chemistry.

Q: Do we get to do experiments every week?
A: The general course design is that days should alternate between lecture and lab. This isn't always exact, but about half our time in class will be spent on lab.

Q: What are the tests like?
A: They vary unit to unit. Lab tests will incorporate both the content of the labs, as well as lab skills and equipment. Lecture tests will test the core concepts of a unit and will often be a combination of multiple choice and short answer. 

Q: If a student is struggling to pass chem, would you suggest they drop the class or work more one-on-one?
A: I have had students in the past who have struggled but come in 1/3 to 1/2 of the days of the year for help, and they have passed the course. If you are willing to put in the work and get help, you can pass this course.