65111 Chemistry 1 (student interviews) - UTS first year experience

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>> REASMEY: Chemistry 1, it's basically like high school science. So if you did HSC chemistry,
you'll know a lot of the stuff that they do in Chem 1. But it also goes a little bit further.
There's a few extra topics that they go into. And it's more in-depth.
>> MARC: Chemistry 1 is basically the building blocks of all your science subjects. It talks
about your atoms, molecules, all the reactions that you're going to pretty much be dealing
mostly with in your science course or a career. >> REASMEY: The best thing I think about Chemistry
1 is it's the first time you'll be in a lab. It's really different. I didn't get that kind
of experience in high school. To be in the lab the first time, you kind of feel, like
‘this is university, and I'm really learning something useful’.
>> MARC: The best parts of Chemistry 1, I would say, would be the lab work, because
you only not to see the theory, but you can also practise whatever you're studying. One
of the practicals was building a model of the molecules, which was good, because you
could see the molecules up close and you could study them.
>> REASMEY: The most challenging thing I found about Chemistry 1 is the way the course is
set out. So in lectures and stuff, there's a lot of people in the classroom. You don't
always get one-on-one time. So you have to do a lot of your own work in your own time
and do your own kind of learning. You have to kind of learn to be an independent learner.
There is a little bit of work. It's not a heavy workload. But it is regular. So you
have to do a little bit for Chem 1 every week to keep up. I recommend to take a lot of notes.
It does help when it comes to exam time and you want to revise. Sometimes a lecturer will
add something extra to the notes that they give you that'll just make it like a concept
kind of click for you. It's easier to study that way.
>> MARC: The main resources I used was the U:PASS which the university is running. It
was a great time to meet new people, practise questions that they gave. And the online discussion
board on the UTSOnline. You could post questions to other students and they could give you
feedback straightaway. The academics can also give you feedback on your question and some
of the answers you provide. >> REASMEY: Chemistry 1 has a lot of resources
available. So they have lecturers, who are really approachable. You have U:PASS as well,
which is a peer-run kind of study service. You also have an online program called ‘Mastering
Chemistry’. So you can do kind of interactive study outside of what you're presented in
the lectures. I do recommend to make a lot of friends. You'll
meet a lot of people, especially in labs. But to have a nice close-knit kind of group
that are doing the same subjects or even the same course that you are really helps in learning
new content and reinforcing it in your mind. >> MARC: The best advice that I would give
would be to study enough and just enjoy university life.
>> REASMEY: Get yourself a really good network of people that have similar interests as you
or are doing the same subjects, because it really helps in your study throughout the
year and later on.