How to prepare for chemistry degree?Watch
The best preparation you can do for starting a chemistry degree, is little to none.
You should take plenty of time to relax over this period
But should you wish to do some reading etc. I would recommend getting Physical Chemistry 5th edition or above by Atkins
If I remember correctly, lots of chemistry first years struggled with Physical Chemistry
We do lots of thermodynamics and also energy level/jablonski diagrams etc. ie: it's quite physics-based so if you're not a fan of that I'd recommend that book!
Also if you're not the biggest maths fan - Maths for Chemistry by Monk + Monroe may also be a read for you
Otherwise check your course - sometimes they give you pre-reading or summer homework etc.
To spark your interest, some cool chemistry books you can find on the shelves include: Very Short Introductions - (there are a few good chemistry volumes I enjoyed) and various others - I'll leave that for you to search!
Hope this helps
P.S Feel free to fire questions at me
Top advice as always from CheeseIsVeg!
We always encourage enjoying your break. You've earned it!
If you are looking for something to pass the time however, there is some great books that Cheeseisveg has suggested, there are some others on the RSC virtual library, and a number of free resources for transitioning from A-Level to undergraduate on our higher education learn chemistry website.
Hope they are useful and good luck as you take the next step in your chemistry career.
If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch with us at any time!
All the best,
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