I am preparing for a year of teaching all chemistry to sophomores in high school. A lot of people believe that chemistry is a difficult subject yet I always found it to be most fun. Wondering about that I began searching around for why it might be that some people find chemistry difficult to master. This post is about what I found.
Chemistry involves higher order thinking skills.
Chemistry requires practice.
Chemistry is abstract.
Explaining this to the students will - hopefully - aid them in understanding what they need to do to be successful.