Do I need to memorize a lot of things to do well in chemistry?
Surprisingly, no! I have a very short memory, yet I have mastered chemistry. Only a small amount of background information must be committed to memory. Most chemistry problems involve the use of a stepwise method which can be learned and used to solve multiple problems.
Why are units so important in chemistry?
Units can make the difference between a correct answer and an incorrect answer. I specialize in showing students how to to convert between units simply and correctly. In fact, if you use my methods, you will never be wrong! Proper attention to units will always allow you to get the correct answer.
Why is chemistry so hard?
Chemistry involves higher-level thinking. A single chemistry question often involves more than 1 concept. For example, simple naming of compounds involves (1) determining whether a compound is ionic, molecular, or acidic; (2) knowledge of correct naming guidelines for the type of compound, and (3) the ability to apply this knowledge to any given compound. My particular talent involves helping a student to identify the steps necessary to solve a problem, and helping them to organize their thinking and their work so that they get the correct answer every time.