CHM 217H1 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry – Lectures
A general introduction to quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis
You will be provided with skeletal handouts for the course that
you should print out and bring to class with you. These will provide a lecture outline,
readings, figures, equations, and review suggestions, with space for your own notes.
A rough lecture schedule
is available. You should alwaystake notes during lectures
and review them afterwards. Lecture recordings are made available the following week.
Hints and Tips:
There is an excellent series of short videos by Dr. Stephen Chew of
Samford University on how
to study. In brief:
Read the relevant text material before the lecture.
Print the handouts in landscape orientation, single-sided.
Use the space to take notes during class
Take notes, not dictation! Use abbreviations to speed up
Review and reorganize your notes promptly after the lecture.
Supplement with additional notes from the course text.
Record any questions that arise to ask during office hours
or at the next lecture or tutorial.
Spread your review of the material and suggested problems out in
small chunks (say, an hour at a time) rather than leaving it all
to just before the term test. Not only are you more likely to spend
the time actually working on the material, you will retain it
for longer after the test
According to various studies of note-taking in lectures:
The average lecture contains 5,000 spoken words
The average student records 500 of those words in notes
Students who take notes record on average 40% of important ideas
(range 11% to 75%)
Only 33% of students take ‘decent’ notes
One study reports a 45% grade point difference between
the best and worst note-takers
Students who take notes in class:
Have increased focus & attention
Are more likely to identify key points
Show increased understanding
Show improved short and long term recall
Do better on factual tests
However, only those students who take notes and
review and reorganize them promptly perform better on
tests of higher-order thinking, which account for
~33% of marks on term tests and final exams.
If you have never learnt how to take notes and study, or need
other assistance, the Academic
Success Centre provides many workshops and resources.