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❶You remember that candy sour balls are made with the taste of citrus and that citrus gets some of its flavor from citric acid.

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How to Survive Basic Chemistry
Connecting the Standards for Mathematical Practice to the Standards for Mathematical Content
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Problem solving skills are imparted using algebra equations. The term LD learning disability indicates that a person has a difficult time acquiring and learning information by one source or another. It is truly unfortunate that a small number of students have used the idea of a learning disorder to attempt to cover for laziness. Most of the students who have a learning disorder would dearly love to be like other students, but they have experienced disappointment after disappointment.

If you have a learning disorder, you must analyze or have analyzed exactly what it is and learn your best way to compensate for it. Anyone teaching for any time has seen the student who will obey a spoken request, but when asked to read the request will appear to let it go in one eye and out the other.

For some people the written word just does not register in the right way. For this type of learning disorder a student might find that reading the assignment aloud from the book will help. For others, copying the words in the book works best. For students who have a rough time understanding oral lectures, Ask the teacher first. At home, speak the lecture after the teacher or transcribe the lecture.

Whatever works is best for you. If you have a problem with learning, you can use these lessons to find some ways you can adapt to learning these various types of material.

Particularly the students who want to go into any type of scientific work will see this material again along with the need to grasp great amounts of it quickly. So the basic chemistry course makes a good practice ground for whether you can adapt yourself to this type of study. You know yourself best, so the person to help you with learning problems best is yourself.

You need to vary your learning techniques for you for each type of studying. Try a number of methods. If teaching chemistry to your little sister works for you, do it. If you do not seem to find a way that you can use, consult a counselor who is willing to help you get professional assistance.

The type of test you can expect will, to a certain extent, determine what kind of studying you must do for it. Most instructors will tell you what style of test they will give you.

Objective tests fill-in-the-blank or multiple choice likely have the most obvious study methods. Flash card and association techniques are old standards for this type of work.

Students working in pairs can quiz each other on this type of material. Make lists when you need to. Be sure you understand definitions rather than just memorizing them. Math tests require the information of the objective tests and the practice in working problems.

Historically in this course, the majority of trouble with math comes not from the math itself, but with background information that is lacking. Many times your instructor will suggest a problem solving technique to you. Learn it and use it. If your instructor does not suggest a problem solving technique, these lessons have several approaches you can use.

Essay questions require yet another set of skills. The questions contain words like "explain" or "describe" or "compare" and you will be expected to write an essay on the subject at the test. The first requirement, of course, is that you be able to write in the English language.

Without intending to be unfriendly or mean, do know that there may be some who have difficulty with that. The best I can tell you for a problem with the English language is that practice definitely shows. Some students are used to writing a large amount of filler on essay tests. Most instructors can easily see through that and do not grade it, except downward if it becomes excessive. Most instructors look for content when they grade an essay test. To study for essay tests, you should: You should memorize important items you need to mention "key words" , but usually efforts to memorize whole answers word-for-word do not work well.

If you still need help, other students in your class may be able to help you. If you do not get the help you need from students, call or visit your instructor. Many professors have "office hours" posted for just such student consultation visits. If the other students cannot help you, maybe they also need some help. Most instructors would be glad to help you on an individual or group basis.

Get help far before you find yourself close to failing. Many instructors understandably feel uncomfortable about helping students with their work only a few hours or minutes before a test. Usually they have test materials to get together at that time and feel a panicky student is not likely to learn much at short notice. The Ebbinghaus forgetting curve and the research that followed it is a milestone of cognitive theory that has been the most effective in helping people learn with the most efficiency.

The idea behind it is that as time progresses, the memory of information decreases unless some reminder is accessed. When regular reminders are practiced, the information becomes more solidly entrenched. It is important that the material be learned correctly the first time, but the material will be retained much longer if it is reviewed regularly. Further research shows that material is learned best when it is tied in with other material.

Learn ideas by understanding rather than just by rote memory if you can. What does this mean for you? That depends on how you learn and what your base of knowledge is. How could you use this? You will have to adapt the idea to your lifestyle. Let me give you an example that you might practice to develop efficient learning.

Gather your information for the test and go over it in the way that suits you best until you have a good grasp of the material. Make a list of the things you need to know for the test. Every night or every other night before the test, review the material for no more than 15 minutes, preferably before you go to sleep.

Let's say you are learning about acids and bases and that you know some German. You learn the definition of an acid to include that acids taste sour. The word for acid in German is sauer, pronounced the same way the English word sour is said. You see that sauerkraut just means acid cabbage. You remember that candy sour balls are made with the taste of citrus and that citrus gets some of its flavor from citric acid.

With these ideas, you have sealed in the idea that acids are sour. Take the test and analyze the answers when you get it back. Based on how well you do on tests by studying this way and your personal situation, you may have to change the routine some to adapt to your own needs. Hopefully, you will be pleasantly surprised at how well you know the material and how easy studying was.

Math work sometimes takes a little different approach. There is some background information with math that has to be known. You can learn the background material by rote and then do the math, or you can have the background material with you as you practice the math and then make sure you have memorized the background material and perfected the math process for the test. Make sure you understand the steps in the calculations and the reason for each step. In order to do the conversions, you need the definitions.

Instead of reviewing material as you would for other material, you should learn the idea and then practice the math for short times spread out far in advance of when you need it. Each course and instructor is somewhat different. Your instructor should give you a course syllabus, a description of the course with information on what you need to do to pass the course. Keep your course syllabus as the first page of your class notebook.

This may sound somewhat compulsive, but a well-kept notebook can be a great help to you. Keep all your notes in a three-ring or other insertable binder.

Everything pertaining to the course should go into the notebook, preferably in date order. Taking class notes is another important art. You must be able to judge what is important enough to write in your notes. If you are too busy writing notes, you may miss something useful.

If you have trouble taking notes, you should compare your notes with the notes of other students in the same class as soon after the class as you can. If you need help or information notes or assignments in the course, your first questions should go to the members of your lab or study group.

Next, ask other students in the class. Get the name and phone number or email address of the members of your lab group and other students in the class. Keep these in your notebook. Contact them when you need guidance about course requirements. Some colleges or universities have teaching professors who only lecture and TA's teaching assistants who will do the "dirty" work of consulting with students in small groups, give quizzes, and grade tests.

Most lecturing professors will stick to the material in the course, but, since the classes are large, do not take questions during the class. You need to rely on your TA for help in the class. Some colleges and universities allow you to drop a course before the end of it to preserve your grade average. If for some reason you need to drop out of the course, give your instructor the courtesy of the opportunity to talk with you. There are some good reasons for wanting to drop out; you don't feel you have the background, you don't have the time to devote to the work, you have other turmoil in your life and can't expend the emotional or mental effort, your work schedule conflicts with your school, etc.

In general, accuracy needs to increase rather than speed. Any technical literature is concentrated, and any form of "speed reading" is a waste of time on informationally dense material. Instead, devices to increase comprehension are necessary, such as mental models, finger counting, lip movement, or figure drawing. If you don't learn how to slow down and learn the material, reading the textbook is a waste of time.

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