P529: Enhancing success in General Chemistry with problem-solving workshops
Chem0330T is a tutorial that offers a second opportunity to students who struggle with the gateway General Chemistry course Equilibrium, Rate and Structure at Brown University. The tutorial was first created in 1977 to address the diversity of preparation of students and it has the overarching goal of increasing the retention of students in the Sciences at Brown. Improvements made to the tutorial since 2005-2006 are described. The tutorial program has had no lectures since its inception. The introduction of mandatory problem-solving workshops that use problem-based and process-oriented guided inquiry activities have improved the success of students. The weekly problem-based workshops introduced in 2006 improved student performance. The student performance was enhanced by adopting guided-inquiry activities in 2008. The student-centered learning environment of the problem-solving workshops have helped students from highly diverse backgrounds form learning communities and have improved success of students in the period 2006-2014.