Tell me about the Chemistry Learning Center
The mission of the Chemistry Learning Center is to assist students who are
enrolled in general and organic chemistry courses in becoming successful and
independent learners. Enrollment is voluntary and there
is no fee. We offer a
supportive learning environment where students meet in small groups with staff to
work out effective strategies for mastering the chemical content.
We have resources for students in most lecture sections of General Chemistry 103,
104, and 108, and some lecture sections of Organic Chemistry 343 and 345. Note
not all courses nor lecture sections in a course are
covered at all times because of our limited resources.
Can anybody join?
We welcome as many students as we can, but do not have the resources to support all students seeking help in chemistry. Our program is partially
funded to work with students who are enrolled in programs such as the
Academic Advancement Program, Pathways, Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), Center for Education Opportunities (CeO; formerly TRIO), PEOPLE, and POSSE programs, and we also try to welcome Chancellor Scholars, Powers Knapp Scholars, students away from school for 4+ years, new transfer students, students with trouble understanding English, McBurney Center students, students on probation, veterans, and students at risk of failing (i.e., overall grade F/low D).
These are general guidelines and we consider each student seeking assistance on a
case-by-case basis taking into account available space in our program. Though it
is helpful to apply early, our program does not function on a first-come
first-serve basis. Program eligibility is usually determined by an
interview with a staff member.
Will my participation make learning chemistry easy?
Not necessarily. Many students find chemistry to be challenging and that they
must work hard to master the material.
However, we can offer a setting where your learning can be enjoyable. Our aim is
to provide a comfortable and supportive setting where you and your fellow students
can pool your talents. You may forge friendships over the course of a semester
that will endure years later.
Will participation in center activities reduce the time I spend?
Again not necessarily. Most students must commit about 20 hours/week to their
chemistry course which includes lecture, lab, working assigned problems, working
extra problems, writing lab reports,
studying for exams, etc. You actually may need to increase your time commitment
if you wish to perform better.
However, we can help make efficient use of your time. For example, we can help
you to figure out what is important and to find the tools you need to do your
Do students who participate do well in chemistry?
Yes. Over the past 25 years, practically all students who have attended at least
an hour a week have received a grade of C or better in their chemistry course.
Many receive A's or B's, and successfully enter the profession of their choice.
What activities do you offer?
Some activities are scheduled on a weekly basis, such as sessions with a tutor.
Other activities are offered as the need arises, such as one-on-one meetings and
Must I attend all scheduled activities?
No. However, we strongly encourage students to come regularly, and if a
student must miss a scheduled session, to please call or send an email message.
Students who miss multiple sessions may be dropped from the program.
Finally, let us get to know you, that is, what you are interested in, what works
well for you, and what you hope to accomplish. We invite you to get to know us as
well and hope that our time working together can be the start of a relationship
that lasts over many years.