St. Louis, Missouri (PressExposure) May 05, 2015 -- The Stone Cold Hands Guide to Chemistry fills in the gap where other guides give you vague suggestions. The guide shows you step by step how to write lab reports, how to take and use lecture notes, and how to read and analyze your textbook for content. The guide takes the approach that students aren't having trouble learning facts or how to do equations. They are having trouble with how to go from the source of the information and turning it into knowledge they can act on.
The Stone Cold hands Guide to Chemistry is written by a Ph.D. chemist with years of experience in teaching introductory and general chemistry. It gives nuts and bolts practical advice you can implement immediately.
In the section which covers how to write lab reports, there are three completely worked out lab reports of labs which are common at any university. With the examples each part of the examples is broken down, and the purpose of what has been written explained step by step.
It also gives advice on what kind of attitude to take towards chemistry classes. "It's what I wish I could tell myself when I was eighteen, if I could get into a time machine." After spending years watching students struggle with the mechanics of how to learn, it became apparent to Dr. Larkin what the real problem was.
He does not believe most people do poorly in chemistry because of native ability or lack of effort. He is committed to the idea that once students know how to study they will perform much better academically. These skills are well within the reach of almost any student.
The guide contains numerous examples, with entries which are given in the form figures made to look like mock-up pages in a notebook.