Learning Strategies for General Chemistry
Pilot Program
General Chemistry I (CHM0145)
Dr. Uma Swamy

The Center for Academic Success is piloting a new program called “Learning Strategies for General Chemistry.”  Specific skills are necessary to be a successful student in chemistry.  Reinforcing algebraic thinking and making connections between the mechanics of chemistry and the general concepts are integral to building a strong foundation in the physical sciences.

This new program is facilitated by tutors who have been very successful in general chemistry and are former students of Dr. Swamy and other chemistry faculty at FIU.  They have experienced the same frustrations as many general chemistry students and are excited about sharing the learning strategies they have identified as most successful for the course.  The following are expectations for participants in this new pilot program.

The CfAS will be eliciting feedback from you as students to refine the program to suit your needs as learners and the faculty’s needs as educators.

Workshop Expectations

  1. Be prepared. Bring your general chemistry textbook, syllabus, and any pertinent materials related to your class.  Any forms of research material are extremely helpful.
  2. Be on time. Sessions are one hour in length.  While workshops consist of 8 students, our tutors need all of this time in order to provide each participant with the necessary attention and detail to his/her progress.
  3. Be consistent. Swamy may provide an extra credit incentive.  In order to receive the possible extra credit, sessions cannot be skipped, missed, or partially completed.
  4. Be receptive. You will receive a variety of strategies, organizers, handouts, and study rubrics throughout the sessions.  Keep these in your metacognitive bank’ and ask your tutor questions.
  5. Be responsible. Once you register for a workshop at our CfAS, you are reserving a place that no other student can take.  Be considerate of these workshops.  Keep your Panther ID handy when you arrive to the CfAS.  You must enter your information at the front area of our Center, and make sure that your tutor records your attendance.  At the end of the semester these records will be submitted to Dr. Swamy.

Workshop Availability

  1. Fall 2017 workshops are available at BOTH campuses, MMC and BBC. At the Modesto Maidique Campus, CfAS is located in Green Library, room 120 (next to Starbuck’s).  At the Biscayne Bay Campus, CfAS is located in Academic One, suite 160.  Workshops are available at various times throughout the week, excluding weekends.  The Center has extended hours for evening workshops.
  2. Visit our website: http://learningcenter.fiu.edu to view the workshop schedule and to register for a time and day most convenient for you.
  3. Once you register for a series of workshops, you are expected to attend the same day of the week at the same time for 5 weeks. If you cannot commit to all 5 workshops the first half of the semester, then there will be another series available for you (called Set Two) the latter half of the semester.
  4. You will not be able to mix and match workshops from Set One and Set Two. If you register for a series in Set One (September-October), then commit to all of them.  If you register for a series in Set Two (October-November), then commit to all of them.

3 Easy steps to Registering

  1. Click here to REGISTER.
  2. On the registration page, select the SET you want or have been assigned.
  3. Fill in all personal information, then select the section which suits you best.