28 May 2014
Chemistry polish for rusty students
A year of backpacking can serve as a motivator prior to tackling a chemistry programme. Unfortunately, time away can also erode memories such as basic calculation methods, concepts and academic terminology. Therefore, the Department of Chemistry will now offer a one-week summer course for all accepted Bachelor programme applicants.
All are welcome but course is especially for those who have taken gap year
The brush up course is especially targeted to those who have been out of high school for more than two years, according to course organizer, Jens Christian Navarro Pedersen.
“If someone has spent a few years traveling the world or working in a kindergarten, their chemistry concepts may be a bit rusty. This could also occur over a summer vacation. So all are welcome to polish up on their chemistry know how,” says Pedersen.
Students expects brush-up to prevent withdrawal
Many other programmes offer brush-up courses and chemistry students are enthusiastic about the idea and support the initiative..
"A large number withdrew during the first few months of their studies. This may have been because they were not adequately prepared to begin their bachelor’s studies in chemistry!
Morten Stig Pedersen
University of Copenhagen
“In my year of chemistry students, a large number withdrew during the first few months of their studies. This may have been because they were not adequately prepared to begin their bachelor’s studies in chemistry.”
“While doing so isn’t free, halting this trend would ensure that a foundation is in place prior to the start of the term, so that students get the best possible start off the blocks into their studies and what is a chemist hungry job market,” says Morten Stig Pedersen, a first year chemistry student at UCPH.
Tutoring in mathematics and chemistry just before start of semester
The course has been scheduled for week 34 and will consist of equal parts math and chemistry instruction.
New Bachelor students will find a sign-up form for the brush-up course on the website where they sign in to accept their spot at the Department of Chemistry.