Chemistry is seen as a troublesome subject by most middle-school science students, in general. Those complex organic formulae accompanied with all those intricate chemical equations give most of them a fair share of the heebie-jeebies.
It’s not that students don’t even try to grasp all the concepts, the equations, the laws and other intricate parts of the subject. In fact, most try to give their best indeed. The problem doesn’t lie in their attempts. The problem lies in their techniques.
You need to find a balance between “working hard” and “working smart” to improve your performance in the best possible manner.
Anyway, in this article, we will discuss a few of the most efficient Chemistry studying tips for middle school science students, in particular. So pay attention as closely as possible to improve your performance for the good. Let’s begin.
1. Know your curriculum well
This is the first and the foremost thing to do. You need to course well from the very top to the bottom to ensure that you are not missing out on anything that may come up in your exams.
A chemistry course is usually made up of five distinct fields in general. These are:
- Organic chemistry: You will be learning about carbon compounds and their assorted reactions in this field of the subject.
- Inorganic chemistry: You will be learning about a wide array of chemical reactions involving a variety of known elements, barring carbon.
- Biochemistry: You will be studying the different chemical structures of living matter in this field of the subject.
- Physical chemistry: You will be solving a wide array of numerical problems through the application of basic mathematics and chemical theories in this field of the subject.
- Analytical chemistry: You will be dealing with quantitative and qualitative analysis in this field of the subject.
2. Face your fears
Many students might feel a whole lot of unease while dealing with complex chemical symbols, including the very basics (such as K for Potassium, Na for Sodium and so on). So naturally, they try to keep these things at bay until the judgment day (exams) arrives on their doorstep.
It’s therefore advisable to face these things at the start itself. Face your fears from the beginning, and you will see that you have overcome your dread in no time.
Tip: Use the flash card method of learning for complex chemical symbols, in general. It can help you a lot in the long run.
3. Basic operational arithmetic is crucial for an improved performance in Chemistry
The field of physical chemistry is heavily dependent on mathematics. Therefore, it’s advisable to have a good grasp of basic arithmetical operations and introductory algebra for a revamped performance in the subject.
Note: The following math topics need to be practiced religiously for an improved performance in physical chemistry:
- Basic arithmetic operations
- Simple algebra
4. Use the periodic table to your advantage
Although the periodic table might look a bit too intimidating at the start, it can actually be your friend in the long run only if you know the right ways of using it to your advantage.
Learn how the periodic table works. Follow it up with a lesson based on the ways of using the periodic table in physical chemistry calculations. Your chemistry teacher/tutor can help.
Note: It is also advisable to memorize at least the first 20 elements of the periodic table for your own academic advantage. So try to do it as soon as possible to benefit in the long run.
5. Balancing equations is an absolute MUST
DO NOT ever forget to balance your chemical equations whenever you do one (either in your practice or in your exams).
Turn this into a habit to reap the benefits in the long run.
Note: Some of the most common chemistry mistakes occur as result unbalanced chemical reactions. So be careful.
6. Last but not the least, use flash cards for learning terminology and complex chemical reactions
Get a bunch of index cards from the market. It won’t cost you much (you will probably get a dime a dozen).