To those moms interested in a chemistry curriculum:
My daughter started the year with Apologia. We have always used this curriculum and my daughter has done well with it. She is NOT a science kid, but she completed all years, with some struggle. I thought she would do fine with chemistry. So, I started the year off with Apologia again. My daughter simply wasn’t getting it. She would literally cry at how she couldn’t get it. I finally told my husband that she wouldn’t be going into a field that would require such a rigorous chemistry curriculum and we needed to switch. It was already four months into the school year. So, I looked in this group to see suggestions for chemistry. I saw ChemExplained was mentioned quite a bit so after careful consideration, we made the switch to ChemExplained.
Let me tell you, my daughter gets it now! I am not saying she doesn’t struggle with it, but she’s not crying and hating every single minute of it. Mr. Riz explains things in a way that she understands. I think she also likes the note pages because it’s all organized (she loves organization) and concepts are reinforced as she fills in the blanks. We do take it a bit slower pace, but she is getting there. Mr. Riz is available to answer any questions too! In fact, I am NOT a science person either, but I actually said to my daughter that I thought this curriculum seemed so much more thorough than Apologia. She agreed.
I’m not bad mouthing Apologia, I do believe it is a great curriculum. What I am saying is ChemExplained is what my daughter needed and I am confident that it is just as thorough if not more thorough than the previous curriculum. It is clearly explained and very much worth the money to have my daughter understand chemistry. I would very much recommend ChemExplained!
– Monica M
Mr Riz, thank you for the amazing chem notes as I know they will help me next year! I have put them with all the things I am bringing to school; as I am taking ALL science classes including college chemistry in the fall. Thanks again for everything! – Hannah
Mr Riz, I want to thank you for opening my eyes to the BEST subject ever! You really are the reason I set my sights on science education! Thank you for being such a great teacher and inspirational person in my life. – Lindsay
Dear Mr Riz, I know that many kids look up to you including myself and I hope you understand how much of a positive impact you have on people. I have a favorite class and a favorite teacher. My favorite class is not chemistry, but you are by far my favorite teacher! I appreciate you doing what you do! – Christiana
Hello Mr Riz, Thank you for being an awesome teacher. Thanks to you, I got fundamental understanding of chemistry that, in three years, no other teacher was able to accomplish. I am taking chemistry right now in Germany. We are studying organic chemistry, but everything I’ve learned in your class, helped me a lot. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! – Larissa
Mr Riz, Thank you for everything you do. Without your class, I still wouldn’t know what I want to do as a career. You made me realize that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind on. Thanks again for being the best teacher I’ve ever had. – Emily
Mr Riz, Thanks again for all things you have done to help me along my path. Chemistry taught me to “keep trying and working at it.” I will be attending Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD this fall for diagnostic medical sonography. I am one of twenty students accepted into the program! With warm regards, Samantha
Richard, I was glad to see the Daily Journal select you to be part of their progress edition. Many know you as the football coach. More importantly, you are the chemistry coach, and a very good one. Thanks for all you do for tomorrow’s leaders. – Bud Nornes Minnesota House of Representatives.
I am loving it!!! Sara S. – Colorado
This has been an excellent course and I look forward to working on it with my daughter in a few years! Also, my son’s highest score on the ACT was science! I believe this course had a role in that! He hopes to go into physical therapy, so this strong foundation in chemistry will serve him well next year in college. Susan R. – Minnesota
I wanted to let you know that I think your chemistry class is VERY well done and it has been a blessing in our lives. Heidi W. – Alabama
Thank you so much for creating a wonderful Chemistry course for the homeschooled student. My 15 year old twins are now thriving and actually UNDERSTANDING the material. We were struggling to find a quality course and luckily we stumbled upon yours via a blog (not even sure which one). Thanks again! -Robin
To whom it may concern:
After taking the SAT the fall of my senior year, I began Mr. Risbrudt’s chemistry course. Having tried several times to learn the subject from other sources, I was wary of beginning yet another course, but as I started listening and watching the podcasts, Mr. Risbrudt’s engaging personality and passion for chemistry made me excited about it as well. His style of teaching is such that a formerly complex and impenetrable problem is broken down into easily understood pieces, which can then be quickly solved.
After recently finishing my first year of college, I can attest to the value of the methods Mr. Risbrudt uses in his curriculum. Knowing how to use “Risbrudt Brackets,” otherwise known as the “Railroad Track Method,” has been extremely valuable in my recent college experience. This world-class method allows one to solve complex problems quickly, easily, and without the confusion of excess notation. I have grown to use it so much that I have become known at my school as “The Unit Master” because of my preference for the cancellation of units.
Mr. Risbrudt explains the fundamental principles and concepts with a skillful and experienced technique, so that even younger students can understand as well. When watching the podcast for LeChatelier’s Principle from Chapter 17, my 13-year-old cousin was able to follow along, understand, and correctly answer which direction the position needed to shift to keep the reaction in equilibrium.
I wholeheartedly recommend this course because of its uncomplicated format and layout, intelligibly explained concepts, and in-depth approach to a formerly daunting subject with which I now feel far more comfortable. The course is not elementary or easy, so to speak, but with enough work and dedication, much can be learned and carried forward for future use.
Thanks for making chemistry fun and enjoyable!
Nathan – Minnesota
Thanks for making chemistry fun! (Don’t listen to the whiners!) : ) Hannah F.
Thank you so much for being an awesome teacher! Thanks to you, I got a fundamental understanding of chemistry that in three years, no other teacher was able to accomplish. I am taking chemistry right now in Germany. We are studying organic chemistry and everything I learned in your class has helped me a lot!