A few months ago, I was talking to a chemistry student and she laminated to me that she was having just a terrible time memorizing the periodic table. She said she needed to for the class because if she didn’t, she probably wouldn’t pass, and it was a required prerequisite. She was so upset about this, that she decided she hated chemistry, and she didn’t know why she had to study it anyway. Well, I guess I understand where she is coming from, and I realize that rote memorization at times becomes tough. Nevertheless I think I’d like to discuss this with you for a moment if I might. periodic table of elements

You see, the reason you need to learn chemistry is because everything you see, everywhere you go is made up of it. The periodic table with all the elements contains the building blocks of everything else. Of course, if you get too stressed out about memorizing the periodic table, then you probably will psych yourself out, and of course “if you believe you can’t, you are right.” After giving this short lecture to the college student, who I’m sure didn’t want to be lectured in the first place, she asked me; “okay, if you’re so smart, how would you memorize the periodic table?”

It turns out I already have, and let me give you my secret. I bought an old textbook from a library book sale, I pulled out to the periodic table which was a foldout, and I pasted it on the back of my bathroom door. You may think this is a crappy way to learn the periodic table and all the elements, but it surely worked for me. Why waste that time sitting in the bathroom, when you could be learning something. Of course, when I did this it was before the Internet. Today, you can go on Google Image Search find a periodic table to your liking and then print it. Then go and tape it on the back of your dorm room bathroom door.

Indeed, I guarantee your other roommates will not be bothered by this, and they may even like the idea enough to tape their own course study requirements on that same door alongside. There are all sorts of things you need to learn, and although you can look it up online anytime you want to, some things you really do need to memorize, especially if you plan on having a career in any field which involves chemistry. In the future material sciences will be one of the fastest moving sectors. There is a rewarding career waiting for you if you’ll just give it a chance and work smart in your studies. Please consider all this and think on it.

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