Spring/Summer Semester Student Tips

It is May – most students work during the summer to save money for tuition and books, but there are others – the fast trackers. They are students who go to school year round. Some take full course loads and complete their degrees quicker than those who only go Fall Winter. Some schools have continuous enrollemt that allows students to enter programs each semester.

Some of my students are up grading – taking courses to boost their average.

Note taking

It is important to keep serious about your studies even hough it is spring/summer. Class attendance is manditory because 15 week long semesters are condensed into 12. It is important to take notes and get class handouts. Taking good notes always you to study easily.

Good notes should consist of Headings, subheadings and examples or specifics from the lecture or the chapter of the textbook. Where possible, record page numbers from your text to give you the references necessary for more information.

Some students find their lap tops are the best way to take notes. Others write them. In most of my classes, I give the notes to the students but ask them to highlight parts that are important

Write in point form but get the full thought. Good teaching lessons and your textbook is divided into Main headings, subheadings and examples or specifics

You should space the information on the page so ease of review is accomplished.

Example from the Cornell Note Taking Method

Writing (MAIN HEADING – Flush left with the margin)


Prewriting – point form notes ( EXAMPLES OR SPECIFICS INDENTED 2 TAB SPACES)

brainstorming of ideas



This approach will make your notetaking easy. Also – along the right side of the page about 1/3 of the page, draw a line from the top to the bottom of the page. Later after class, review your notes and put key terms that summarize what is left on the page. Those key words would allow you to study at a glance. See example Below.

Chem 709


Numerical Properties of Atoms

I Prop. related to Temperature & Heat

A. Melting Point

– when particles in a solid move fast enough to overcome forces holding them together – temp at which this happens = melting point.

– Freezing Pt. – temp. at which forces attracting particles to one another hold particles together.

– Heat of fusion – amt. Of heat req’d to melt one gram of any substance at its melting pt.

B. Boiling Pt

– Pt. At which molecules of a liquid begin to escape as gas

– Heat of vaporization – amt. Of heat req’d to change one gram of liquid to a gas at its boiling pt.

– Condensation Pt. – pt. at which gas, cooling, changes back to liquid.

C. Specific Heat

ex. beach – sand hot, water cold -why?

Sand & H2O have diff. spec. heat

Def’n. – amt. Of heat needed to raise temp. of a spec. mass of substance by a certain amt.

melting point

freezing point

heat of fusion

boiling point

heat of vap

condensation pt

specific heat

This type of notetaking is only one of several. But I highly recommend it as a way to not only get the information on the page but as a review and study technique to ensure success.

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