Chemistry Parents, one of the reasons my student do so well in college is that I hold them to a high standard. I expect in all their homework, labs, quizzes and tests, they always pay attention to the details.
They must show all their work at all times. There is no mental math in chemistry. Science is a collaborate effort and there is always someone that will review or build on your work. Now is the time to instill good habits regarding complete documentation of work.
Students must have the proper units and significant figures (the right number of digits) in their labs and for every answer in tests, quizzes and homework.
Students should also be courteous and put a box around their final answer to make it easy for you to find.
If any answer does not have the right units or digits, or all work is not shown the answer is WRONG! Please do not let your student cut corners on these details. Now is time to instill good habits that will be invaluable in college. Any chemistry student who has not mastered significant figures and units or does not show all their work will be at a distinct disadvantage in college chemistry where the course work is much more difficult.