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The way the tutorials are structured is great. The Learning Lab is also fantastic. Really, there's not much to complain about. But I did have some major disagreements with the way in which some of the topics in this subject was taught.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

The lectures in the beginning were very overwhelming. There's a lot of concepts to remember, however, as we proceed through the semester, the concepts became easier to understand. I must point out that although parts of the subject required minimal amount memory, I must stress that to do well, one must UNDERSTAND the concepts, as in my opinion, that'll get you further in the exam. The exam was a pain, like all chemistry exams. My advice would be do a lot of practice exams. This is absolutely crucial as I started to understand the concepts more and somewhat pinpoint the style of questions that were asked. However, do NOT just rely on the exam, as this year's one was absolutely off-tangent to the standard chemistry exams given. Also, reading the text book after a certain chunk of lectures would be really good revision - often through the textbook, you begin picking up patterns etc especially for physical chem when you have to draw the graphs. Overall, this subject did make me stressed out the most - at times, I wanted to bang my head against the wall or even rip out my hair just to grasp the concepts but a month before swot vac when I started my revision, I also started to surprisingly appreciate the beauty of chem. Once, you get the basics down, everything will be much more simpler. The lecturers of this subject are one of the best and most supportive lecturers in first year. Utilise them - ask them questions after lectures if you have any concerns. Likewise, go to the help classes regularly as the tutors are also great!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

There's a lot of content to cover so it does get stressful. I had questions/confusions about some of the topics and the lecturers and tutors helped so much. Do a lot of questions/practice exams. This helped me a lot for the exam and ask questions if you're stuck on anything. And most importantly study early which kind of goes for every subject, but there's so much they go over and makes it less stressful when it comes to exam time. Make use of the help classes they have, they explain the content and questions so well. Overall great subject.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

Organic chemistry was my favourite part of the subject. Carl taught this part of the course with much enthusiasm and humour. As for quantum mechanics, the lectures are not recorded. But many students complained that they couldn't understand the lecturer anyway. Reading the lecture notes, attending the complementing tutorials and learning through watching online videos is how I personally got through that part of the course. To do well in the other 'inorganic' topics within the subject, I'd try to draw analogies, because much of the content is quite abstract. In sum, understanding the concepts is what you should aim to do. Please DON'T try to rote learn, as the examiners want to test how you APPLY the concepts. Simply remembering a fact may not be enough to solve the problems presented.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

The materials are obviously harder than those in chem 1 but as long as you go to the tutorials and stay on top of those questions, you'll be fine!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015
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