I have been tutoring general chemistry I and II for over a year now. Unfortunately, a surprisingly high number of students in my experience are having difficulties with chemistry. Even in my general chemistry classes at Rice University, it seemed like a lot of generally "math-sciency" people were struggling with the subject matter. After helping a number of students in chemistry, I find that the most common reason students have difficulty with the class lies in the origins and applications of the material. Chemistry at its core - atoms, molecules, interactions and reactions between them is not normally the things we deal on a daily basis. Whereas, subjects like physics and math are generally more applicable to our lives. I feel that chemistry requires developing a new, microscopic, way of thinking - basically, a new mindset. It sometimes may take a while to adjust to that thinking style, but it becomes a great asset after getting used to it. So, "How do I start thinking like that", you ask. As I sometimes tell my students, try "thinking like an atom". It my sound bizzare, but it works, I promise! Start by asking yourself questions: "What kind of atom am I? Am I a noble gas, a metal, a halogen? Why do I form bonds? Do I just want to get rid of an extra electron or do I want to share mine? Or do I want to be selfish and take away somebody else's electron?". Try it and it might work for you! Just "Think like an atom!".