Advice for starting the new year strong

If you are like me, you want to get a head start on things -- "hit the ground running," as they say. What better way than to get started on the new year in academics! I always found that when I was in high school or college, summer reading was very enjoyable. There were no deadlines -- I could nestle up by a tree and read for hours. I recommend giving it a shot.
When it comes to chemistry, what better way to get started than reading some basics. One of my favorites is Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. It is a great overview of science in general. I also recommend John Gribbin's In Search of Schrodinger's Cat. It is an amazing story about the discovery of quantum mechanics and is a must for all explorers of science.
It is also a good idea to get a chemistry set and do some basic chemistry experiments. It is a fun and interesting activity! A lot of chemistry experiments can even be done in one's own household kitchen. For example, mix baking soda and vinegar together to accomplish your very first acid-base neutralization reaction! See what happens!
Chemistry, science, and math are exciting areas of study and can be explored in fun and interesting ways. Tune in next time for some more tips on how to explore science and math in nature.


Benjamin D.

Columbia Chemistry PhD for Math and Science Tutoring

10+ hours
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