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PD Opportunity: New England Association of Chemistry Teachers Chem PD Series

23 Feb 2023 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Chemistry PD Series:  Help Teaching Chem--From Cognitive Science

When:  Wednesday March 15, 2023, 7-8 pm EST

Where:  online

Do you teach a course (including Honors HS, AP, or college general chemistry) aimed at helping students prepare for college STEM majors? 

Scientists who study how the brain works have recently made surprising discoveries about ways students most easily learn to solve calculations in the sciences.   Based on those findings, they recommend specific problem-solving strategies that have proven to improve success in challenging college first-year chemistry and science courses that follow.  This interactive workshop will include both the theory – working memory limits and how to work around them – and easy and practical tips to help solve calculations ranging from simple conversions to stoichiometry, gas laws, buffers, and kinetics.  Join in the fun of applying cognitive science to improve student success!

Presenter Eric (Rick) Nelson is a career chemistry instructor, host of the popular ChemReview blog, and recent co-author of the paper “Improving student success in chemistry through cognitive science,” accessed by instructors in the past year over 10,000 times (and available at

 RSVP online at  by 3/13/2023 to be sent the meeting link.

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