I recently had a conversation with the Director of the Pre-Health Profession Program at a local San Diego University, and part of the discussion focused upon time management. Students entering college might receive orientation on a variety of subjects, however this is not one of them. As an Organic Chemistry tutor, I get to see crises generated from poor time management skills routinely. This article focuses exclusively upon what students must do to become and stay successful in college, and in their careers, especially in the physical and life sciences.
I remember a time long passed when people valued principles like directness, honor, integrity and truth. This was also a time when knowledge was respected. Money was important, however it was secondary to the principles that defined civility and ethics. I noticed an onset of change back in the year 2000, initially believing it was my imagination. Now almost 12 years later, those sacred principles mentioned appear to be going the way of the dinosaur.
AP Chemistry in high school is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course typically taken at the university level. It presents some students with the opportunity to “test” their way into college credit before getting to college. Many times, AP Chemistry is taught by teachers who might have taken no more than 16 credits of college chemistry. If the high school is fortunate to have a B.A./B.S. degreed chemist as the teacher, the odds are somewhat higher this course will be taught in a manner befitting a university level course.
Taking the AP Chemistry exam to receive college credit ordinarily requires a high score that varies from state to state, and from school to school. Important to note however, a good score on the exam qualifies students for credit hours only. Some colleges will still require students to take general chemistry, regardless of score, especially if they planning to pursue a degree in science. Continue reading
Mostly every student I’ve ever tutored wanted an “A” in Organic Chemistry. What is the meaning of an “A”? It means you’ve mastered the subject. Like Qui-Gon Jinn, you’ve become a Jedi Master (of O-Chem). This takes dedication, perseverance and hard work.
Indicated are some tips I’ve picked up along the way to help you get that “A” you want so much!