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Tips on Acing a High School Chemistry Final Exam Project

written by: TaiDollWave•edited by: Noreen Gunnell•updated: 6/28/2011

Oh no! You have a chemistry project due? And it's your FINAL project? Don't worry, here's a little something to help.

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    It's finally the end of the year. You're almost home free and ready to start slacking. But wait! Your chemistry teacher delivers an almost fatal blow; you'll need to submit a final project as part of your exam. Before you panic, read this simple guide and you're sure to get an A.

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    Starting Off

    First, go through all your old notes and quizzes if you have them. This is going to help you study for your final exam anyway. Is there any concept that you especially intrigued by or good at? How about an experiment that you were really curious about? Write down everything that you find particularly interesting.

    Now, go through that list and see what you could maybe make a project out of. Is there anything really neat you can do to expand on an experiment? Was there any concept that you really enjoyed learning about and would like to teach the rest of the class about?

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    Be very careful when you're figuring out your project. This is part of your final exam, and you don't want to just slap something together with glue, popsicle sticks, and prayers the night before. Pick something that is simple enough for you to get done on time, but not so simple that you're going to look like a slacker. This is probably not going to be a group assignment, so don't depend on someone else being able to help you.

    If your instructor has assigned you a final project, make sure that you are picking quality materials and working on it very carefully. Read your rubric several times over so you know exactly what you're being graded on, and if you're not sure, ask your instructor. You might have a beautiful project done, but if it doesn't fit the rubric, you won't get a good grade. Do not be burned on this.

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    Research Project

    Let's say your project is a research project instead of a traditional poster board one. Do not use Wikipedia as a source. There are plenty of other reliable sources on the Internet, use a more reputable professional one.

    If you're stuck and need a good starting place, look in your text book and see if there's anything sourced in there that you could look up. And, once again, your instructor might be able to give you some hints and point you in the right direction.