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Resources Beyond the Textbook

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Let’s face it, sometimes you have a professor that you don’t love or the textbook explanation doesn’t quite do it for you. In these cases, it’s not like the world stops. The assignment is still due, the test is still tomorrow, office hours have past, so what can you possibly do to learn the material?

There are a few solutions that I can propose.

1. Phone a friend. This could be an easy fix if you understand the general concept but there is a specific problem or issue you are struggling with. If you are super lost, you’re friend is most likely going to be annoyed and you aren’t going to learn anything.

2. Ask your TA. You’re TA is a better resource for large conceptual issues you’re having, however, they don’t have all the time in the world to sit down and ensure you understand it, so it’s imperative you give them your undivided attention when you do get a chance to sit down with them.

3. Google it. This is almost too simple, but some of the most affective tutoring I have received is from good, old Google. My favorite thing to do is to watch 5-10 minute youtube video explanations. They cover the one topic I am having issues with in a clear, concise way with an example to finish it off. Nine times out of ten, I come out with a better understanding of the topic.

4. Sit down with your Professor and talk it out. If you are really struggling and none of the above have worked, it’s time you had some one-on-one time with your professor to ask for extra resources, problems, etc. to see if it will help you. You could also take this time to ask if they know of anyone willing to tutor for the specific class, and usually they do.

The resources are definitely available, but you just have to be willing to put in the extra effort to find it! And remember, it’s almost Friday!


Author: lukayla17

Junior Chemical Engineer Major! My interests include makeup, the 1950s, netflix, and cosmetic science.

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