DISCLAIMER: I don't intend to put anyone off this subject, I'm just letting you know the reality a lot of students face and how to overcome it.

So, if you're anything like me then you're basically trying your best to manage the ever-growing burden that is Chemistry. Now, I may not be a whiz or pro at it, but with my strategies you'll hopefully find Chemistry a bit easier.


First of all, I am in no way trying to discourage you from ever taking up Chemistry. All I'm saying is this a nice thing to keep at the back of your mind and to just generally help you because an old Chemistry teacher of mine did the same thing. See, Chemistry is a subject that if you don't thoroughly enjoy or are just good at it you will struggle...a lot and could possibly fail. Now my experience is based on the A Level Chemistry and IGCSE chemistry. We're basically learning the same thing to an extent, but it might be different? Chemistry as an A level is considered to be one of the hardest and I agree. So, if you are given the option to choose your subjects and Chemistry is on your mind, do take some extra time to think it through.

❛Just because you know it now doesn't mean you won't forget it later❜

My current Chemistry likes to tell us about how you might understand certain concepts in class and maybe feel like you've got it all figured out, but if you don't go home and practice and read through your notes, you're just going to forget about everything you've learned and it's true – for me anyways. See, just like most subjects you need to constantly practice and learning the content or else it won't stick. So, keep revising, practicing and don't give up.

❛You have to work extra hard❜

You need to put in a lot of effort for Chemistry. I mean A LOT. It's such a content heavy subject that you can't help but put in a little more work just to keep a passing grade. See, not everyone is going to be 'naturally' good at learning and understanding Chemistry. That's why you should put it upon yourself to always strive to do your very best. It can be very demotivating especially if you do put it effort every time but rarely see progress. Just keep going, your hard work will pay off in the long run, trust me. It's better to not understand something in class, then go home and figure it out on your own. Not only is it more satisfying, but you're more likely to always remember what you've learnt.

❛organic chemistry will be the death of me❜

I have always found this to be the hardest aspect of chemistry, I don't know why, but it always takes me a much longer time to grasp the content and I just generally dislike everything about it. It's something you'll have to learn. My previous statements apply to this as well.

edited in because I just realised something very important lol

you need to understand math

Math is such an unavoidable subject especially if you mainly deal with science subjects. In Chemistry you need to understand math to an extent because there are quite a few calculations involved like moles, relative mass and so on. So do be prepare yourself for that and brush up on your math skills.

To all my fellow Chemistry students don't give up or lose hope because you WILL get better and you WILL pass Chemistry.

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