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    So as some of you may know I am a near full time worker and a part time student. I dropped my Physics class and am going to try to take it in the class instead of online because there were a lot of visual/drawing issues that led to a lot of frustration. I took my Math and finished with a 60% which wasn't so good but, again lots of visual/preceptual issues with graphing and geometry. I am currently taking Chemistry and got a 50% on my quiz because I can't draw out pictures. I was doing very well until I hit this unit. I have also been having a lot of issues with anxiety (panic attacks, lack of sleep...) and I'm starting to feel like I'm doomed for failure and will never get into OT ( I know, bad attitude) but, I'm just really scared.

    Thoughts?

    WG

  • #2
    There's probably another 1000 students like you (billions throughout North America) that have panic attacks from the pressure they put upon themselves - and others do - to get through school. They just hide it, but they're panicking - most assuredly!

    So that's normal. Whew! Just needed some reassurance there. I think what you did is a great idea in going to classroom instead of online for those difficult courses.

    (Sometimes panic attacks can be related to thyroid, but unless you've had hair falling out, dry hair & nails and have had a significant weight gain or loss I think you'll be okay).

    I thought you had some hand function.. so I'm not sure what you mean by 'I can't draw.' Could you do it on a laptop?

    This is school - take some time for friends and enjoyment - it's really important. That's your lesson of life from me today, lol (but it's very true).
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    • #3
      what kind of chemistry? i'm guessing some form of general chemistry with the lewis structures. is there academic support available to you? there is a program called chem draw that you could use to draw the things you need. also, if u need tutoring, i can help.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by crypticgimp View Post
        what kind of chemistry? i'm guessing some form of general chemistry with the lewis structures. is there academic support available to you? there is a program called chem draw that you could use to draw the things you need. also, if u need tutoring, i can help.
        Wow CG,

        That's really cool of you. I found a program to do the Lewis Structure but I've been having a lot of difficulty with figuring out polarity with the diagrams.....

        Lynnifer,

        I have some hand function, but struggle with fine motor skills for drawing and such and I know if I put work and everything else totally aside I'd go nuts lol so that is true.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by wheeliegirl2010 View Post
          Wow CG,

          That's really cool of you. I found a program to do the Lewis Structure but I've been having a lot of difficulty with figuring out polarity with the diagrams.....

          Lynnifer,

          I have some hand function, but struggle with fine motor skills for drawing and such and I know if I put work and everything else totally aside I'd go nuts lol so that is true.
          you dont figure out polarity with diagrams, you figure out polarity with the periodic table/chart that shows you the dipole moments of commons bonds/calculating formal charges to see who is more negative
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          • #6
            You need to really GET basic chem. No cheats here other than tutor/study/visit prof.

            Later, fake it till you make it. I can't recommend that approach here though.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by crypticgimp View Post
              you dont figure out polarity with diagrams, you figure out polarity with the periodic table/chart that shows you the dipole moments of commons bonds/calculating formal charges to see who is more negative
              See, thats what I thought but, just as an example....

              C2H2
              Indicate whether the molecule is polar, or not. Give complete reasoning for your answer, including shape, electronegativity difference and the types of bonds present.

              Answer:

              non-polar; the two carbons are triple bonded to each other so molecule is linear about the carbons (each carbon is bonded to two things, with no lone pair electrons). The END is 0.4 , which makes the bonds polar-covalent. Since the molecule is symmetical the bond dipoles cancel out, making the molecule non-polar.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wheeliegirl2010 View Post
                See, thats what I thought but, just as an example....

                C2H2
                Indicate whether the molecule is polar, or not. Give complete reasoning for your answer, including shape, electronegativity difference and the types of bonds present.

                Answer:

                non-polar; the two carbons are triple bonded to each other so molecule is linear about the carbons (each carbon is bonded to two things, with no lone pair electrons). The END is 0.4 , which makes the bonds polar-covalent. Since the molecule is symmetical the bond dipoles cancel out, making the molecule non-polar.
                yes. electronegativity difference comes from a chart (no one should expect you to memorize that) also, you can calculate formal charge for each molecule. it's linear because it's like this: H-C=C-H (should be triple bond between the carbons)

                to help yourself with the spatial relations and seeing the molecules, you can buy a molecular modeling kit from amazon. all chemists use these at some point, especially organic chemists
                "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by crypticgimp View Post
                  yes. electronegativity difference comes from a chart (no one should expect you to memorize that) also, you can calculate formal charge for each molecule. it's linear because it's like this: H-C=C-H (should be triple bond between the carbons)

                  to help yourself with the spatial relations and seeing the molecules, you can buy a molecular modeling kit from amazon. all chemists use these at some point, especially organic chemists
                  ok thank you! Now as a point of clarification, what do you mean when you say you can calculate formal charge? What info does that give you? I feel like an idiot asking that btw

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                  • #10
                    You can do it Wheeliegirl!

                    Anxiety and panic attacks are warning signs and you probably need to take a few steps back and come up with another approach to the problem. Asking for help is a sign of maturity, if you have already tried everything you know.

                    Hang in there and don't give up on your dreams!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wheeliegirl2010 View Post
                      ok thank you! Now as a point of clarification, what do you mean when you say you can calculate formal charge? What info does that give you? I feel like an idiot asking that btw
                      there is a formula for it, it tells you which elements in the molecule have what charge(positive/negative) and you can use it to see how well your lewis structure is

                      formal charge = #valence e- - (#nonboding e- + 1/2#bonding e-)
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                      • #12
                        WG, I'm guessing your spatial challenges are lifelong and due to cerebral palsy.

                        You may wish to ask for accommodation for these classes where you describe the shapes and placement of what you need to draw on your tests. Memorize everything and ask about taking tests verbally and/or request someone to write for you. Request a small, quiet room and additional time to take any and all exams and quizzes. You may find yourself less fatigued taking exams if you take them in the a.m.

                        For math courses I took, I asked for additional time, enlarged text on all tests and I used extra paper to work problems, find solutions when I had professors who insisted on written tests. I scored higher and had less test anxiety when I was allowed to solve in my head and give answers verbally.

                        By writing extremely large, I could better see what I was doing and could tell the difference between 3 and 0 and 8, between 1 and 7, between 4 and 9 and 5. I see double (you may, too, as it is pretty common for those of us w/CP) and my eyesight worsens when I am fatigued. Math was my albatross until I began taking classes with accommodation.

                        Find what you need and don't hesitate to ask for it for your classes. If you want to be an OT, go for it. What you learn about yourself and how you process info will be an asset to you when you become an OT.

                        Good luck!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LaMemChose View Post
                          WG, I'm guessing your spatial challenges are lifelong and due to cerebral palsy.

                          You may wish to ask for accommodation for these classes where you describe the shapes and placement of what you need to draw on your tests. Memorize everything and ask about taking tests verbally and/or request someone to write for you. Request a small, quiet room and additional time to take any and all exams and quizzes. You may find yourself less fatigued taking exams if you take them in the a.m.

                          For math courses I took, I asked for additional time, enlarged text on all tests and I used extra paper to work problems, find solutions when I had professors who insisted on written tests. I scored higher and had less test anxiety when I was allowed to solve in my head and give answers verbally.

                          By writing extremely large, I could better see what I was doing and could tell the difference between 3 and 0 and 8, between 1 and 7, between 4 and 9 and 5. I see double (you may, too, as it is pretty common for those of us w/CP) and my eyesight worsens when I am fatigued. Math was my albatross until I began taking classes with accommodation.

                          Find what you need and don't hesitate to ask for it for your classes. If you want to be an OT, go for it. What you learn about yourself and how you process info will be an asset to you when you become an OT.

                          Good luck!
                          That would be a correct guess about the spatial challenges and thank you for the advice, it's really helpful!

                          WG

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wheeliegirl2010 View Post
                            That would be a correct guess about the spatial challenges and thank you for the advice, it's really helpful!

                            WG
                            WG, glad it helped. I was so frustrated until I found ways that worked for me.

                            I remember a statistics class where the professor would put the problems on a board with instructions for us to solve and give the answers aloud when we had them. I was working these in my head and would give the answers first each time. When it came to written tests, I flunked. The professor was annoyed and kept saying I was "too smart" to make such mistakes. A math tutor was the one to inform the prof (and me) that I was giving the correct answers on paper if the 8 had been a 3 and the 1 had been a 7, etc. (for example).

                            I asked to take tests orally and the professor kept saying he needed to see my work on paper. That was when I asked for enlarged text on all assignments and tests not in the textbooks (I used a magnifier for books), additional time to complete tests and a quiet room in which to test. It made a world of difference.

                            Also, if you are required to take any tests with a scan sheet necessitating you mark correct answers in small columns by filling in tiny dots, ask for a different way to test. When you go from a test booklet to the scan sheet, it is nearly impossible to fill the circles on the correct line. It may annoy hell out of the professor, but do what you need to do.

                            Keep us posted. You will make a great OT and these classes requiring trial and error to complete will be assets to you in your career.

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