Our Mission


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 that not all courses nor lecture sections in a course are covered at all times because of our limited resources.

Who do you work with?

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model studying at a table. 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 Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), Center for Education Opportunities (CeO; formerly TRIO), PEOPLE, and Posse programs, and we also try to welcome students on academic probation, students at-risk of failing the course (i.e., overall grade F/low D), students away from school for 4+ years, McBurney Center students, Chancellor Scholars, Powers Knapp Scholars, new transfer students, students with trouble understanding English, and recently returning veterans. 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 in general chemistry is usually determined by an interview with a staff member.

Will my participation make learning chemistry easy?

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a small group of students. 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 work.

Do students who participate do well in chemistry?

    Yes. Over the past 35 years, practically all students who attend regularly have received a grade of C or better in their chemistry course.

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 review sessions.

Must I attend all scheduled activities?

    No, however, regular attendance is expected and if you need to miss a session we ask that you email your facilitator. Students not attending regularly, e.g., students who miss more than 2 consecutive weeks or are not attending at least 75% of the time, are usually dropped from the program so their spot can be given to another student and will impact their acceptance into the program in future semesters.

Anything else?

    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.


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