Chemistry is acknowledged as the most interesting of all science subjects. However, a lot of students, after taking a look at the Chemical formulas, go into a tizzy – probably due to a fear of the unknown. The fear of Chemistry pervades fundamentally from a lack of understanding of the subject which itself stems from following a random approach to learning Chemistry
I reiterate here that Chemistry is very interesting and easy to comprehend. However to understand it, Chemistry must be learnt in a systematic manner. The subject itself follows a beautiful pattern and as one learns, the pieces fall into place, fitting well into each other.
With the proliferation of online learning, understanding Chemistry has become much more easier, simpler and faster too. The power of Online Chemistry Learning lies in its ability to create interactive tutorials which make understanding Chemistry much simpler. Learning Chemistry is now more fun, enjoyable and interesting.
The human element in learning chemistry ie Chemistry Tutors however can not be ignored. While the tutorials have become more and more effective, the need for a tutor always remains to get the insight into the subject. It is only a tutor – whether online or face-to-face who can gauge your learning requirements and plug the gaps in knowledge to make a complete understanding. The online tutors available today are much more affordable, flexible and as effective compared to the face-to-face tutors. The Online tutors complimented with Chemistry learning aids make the best combination for success in Chemistry.
The Basics of Chemistry. For those with little or no background of Chemistry, the first step must start with the learning about the atom itself. One must fully understand the structure of atom, the way the electrons, protons and neutrons are arranged and how they affect the properties of substances. The ideal way of learning this is by animated tutorials, a lot of which are easily available on the internet.
The next step is to graduate to the Periodic Table which gives complete insight into the Chemical and Physical behavior of elements. I will give a example here – the Sodium (Na) atom has 11 electrons. If one looks at its electronic configuration which is 2-8-1, following the Octet rule, Sodium can lose one electron – this makes it a metal. The same analogy is applicable to the other elements of the periodic table which can lose electrons. Thus one simple concept is applicable to a number of elements of the Periodic Table and can be used to predict their metallic and non metallic nature. From the periodic table itself, one can learn how to write chemical formulas. Once that is done, its easy to write Chemical equations and balance them.
It has been my experience that a majority of the students are not able to understand the Periodic Table completely by themselves which affects their further learning of Chemistry. This is where the services of a tutor prove invaluable. Here it is imperative that the gaps in knowledge be filled in by interacting with a tutor.
Learning Advanced Chemistry. So far so Good. While I will not attempt to give the topics and various aspects to be studied in advanced Chemistry here, it is clearly clear that Advanced Chemistry further into into depths of Chemistry. Here sustained efforts to learn Chemistry and understand it well become more and more important. For advanced chemistry, the learning by Tutorials and reinforced by interaction with tutors must be supplemented with trying quizzes on the subject. The ideal way of achieving it is as follows – First understand the topic fully by the tutorials. Next identify the gaps in knowledge and interact with a Chemistry Tutor to assimilate the topic. Thereafter attempt maximum quizzes on the subject to test himself / herself on the understanding of the topic. These are available aplenty on the internet.
This attempt of the quizzes is the most important part of learning and brings forth the mastery for each aspect of chemistry. This is invaluable to identify the gaps in knowledge which can then be bridged with reasoning – which would apply equally to similar situations. Ideally this should be done with the aid of a Chemistry Tutor that can help in clearing questions and doubts which can raise. The objective questions also help to prepare for the various exams which are based on similar pattern.
Happy learning – May you all succeed in your endeavors.