CHEM 191 Advice

Be afraid... be very afraid. Everyone knows at least one person who has failed Chemistry 191 and had to repeat, and everyone knows a good five or so other people for whom it has shattered dreams of becoming a doctor (or, at least doing so by age 23), often by forcing them just ever so slightly but no less disappointingly under the 70 percent minimum mark cut-off. While conspiracy theories abound, for the unfortunate HSFY student there is only one option, to pay CHEM 191 the attention and respect it commands, no matter how disinterested they may be in its content.

While it may be tempting for some to revel in learning the "whys" and "hows" of the wonderful world of Chemistry (in lieu of practicing tricky equations) be advised that the vast majority of assessment for CHEM 191 is heavily "skills" or "problem" based. Our best advice? Practice, practice, practice. If you can't do the calculations, sketch the carbon chemistry reactions, put the sugar on the chair (seriously), and mentally-rotate the tetrahedral molecules then you can pretty much kiss goodbye to your professional course aspirations. ALWAYS do the problem sheets, get hold of the old exams early (ie. when you start the course), and crave additional questions. Do it NOW. And NEVER go to a lab unprepared for the oft-dreaded but all-important exit test. Otherwise unless you're a Chemistry whiz we're convinced there's no absolutely no other way you will be doing as well as you need to in CHEM 191.

Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel because if you emerge unscathed, or even triumphant, from your encounter with the Chemistry Beast then you can spend the rest of your life laughing at it in the rear view: unless you're planning on becoming a Pharmacist, this will be the one and only time you use any of it.