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AP Class Reviews

AP Chemistry taught by Peter Moskaluk

by Students and Parents

Awesome Class! posted by Kwaku on July 07 2017 at 15:21:13

This was an incredible course! Mr. Moskaluk does an amazing job reaching out to students and helping them understand the ins and outs of AP Chemistry. The course not only covers everything you need to know for AP Chemistry but also covers extra information for the SAT Subject test. Thanks to Mr. Moskaluk's AP class, I'm happy to say that I received a 5 on my AP Chem Exam. It would never have been possible without this class!


Best AP Chemistry Course! posted by Kyle Fang on June 19 2017 at 04:01:59

Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chemistry course is an excellent class! I highly recommend it to any student who is willing to work hard.
 
Mr. Moskaluk is a wonderful teacher. He is extremely knowledgable in the subject and the AP exam, and his humorous encouragements made the learning journey very enjoyable. The textbook he chose is very understandable, and the chapter outlines he provided, which elaborated and clarified the most important points, were extremely helpful!  He instructed us to organized the outlines and notes in a simple, logical way, and the assignment schedule was very easy to follow.
 
Mr. Moskaluk is a very active and encouraging teacher!  Whenever I had a question, he always responded very quickly (usually within an hour or two, unless it was at night). I took the class in my very busy junior year, and Mr. Moskaluk was considerate whenever I needed an extension. I also really appreciate that he planned the course in a way that allowed us to spend a few weeks before the AP exam to review. 
 
Everything we needed to study and practice to prepare for the AP exam was provided. I didn't need to use any outside test prep books. I just followed all Mr. Moskaluk's assignment and felt very prepared for the exam. For those students who planned to take the SAT Subject Test, he also provided the necessary materials. This definitely ranks as one of the best online classes! 

 


Excellent class! posted by Danielle on June 16 2017 at 18:38:08

Here’s a fact: chemistry is not my forte. While I do well in other sciences like biology and physics, chemistry is one of those subjects where I need to devote twice as much time studying for a chem test than for a biology test.

Here’s another fact: AP chem was my first AP exam. With AP chemistry’s reputation for being one of the most difficult AP exams, you can imagine how nervous I was for it and whether I could be prepared for such an exam.

Here’s my last fact: This is one of the best classes I have ever taken, and Mr. Moskaluk is the best chemistry teacher you can ask for!

Although studying for AP chem already takes a lot of time out of my week, every assignment helped me prepare for the exam. From Mr. Moskaluk’s sanity-saving outlines, to the stack of printed practice MC sections and FRQs, the reduxes, and the help of the TAs and Mr. Moskaluk himself, each moment was spent in test prep, and it paid off! The most valuable assignments were the reduxes - I was able to learn from my mistakes or learn how to solve the question faster, rather than skimming over my mistakes and hoping I wouldn't make the same mistake again. The month before the exam was spent in test prep alone; all assignments were either practice MC/FRQ sections or reduxes.

I was nervous when I walked into the exam room (this was my first AP exam, after all), but from the moment I read the first question, the nervousness was replaced by confidence. I answered many of the questions with ease (and with a smile, would you believe that?), and saw many similar questions on the exam that appeared in the dozens of practice tests I did throughout the year. As a student who struggled with the practice MC sections for the majority of the school year, the ability to answer the actual exam questions with confidence was refreshing and relieving. The detailed comments/explanations that Mr. Moskaluk gave when grading FRQs were also very helpful, even for a student who did well on them. Any questions would be answered quickly on the discussion board or privately through WebAssign.

If you’re looking for an excellent AP chemistry class, look no further! I would recommend this class to a student who is willing to put in the hard work to improve and succeed at AP chemistry, has good time management skills, and is eager to ask questions.

A note to any students who are considering taking AP chem and another science AP (such as biology or physics) simultaneously: I took both AP chem and AP bio (also at PA Homeschoolers) this past school year, as I’m planning to go into the medical field and thought that taking these two APs would challenge me. I would advise you to carefully consider your decision; both of these classes alone are challenging and time consuming, even if one or both of the classes is your favorite subject. I often struggled with balancing these two classes (there was one month where I had to do a total of 8 labs, each taking at least 2-3 hours, sometimes more.). It’s certainly possible to do two science APs at once, but do know that it’s a LOT of hard work and discipline, especially in the weeks leading up to the exam.

 


Parent Review posted by Leo B on June 12 2017 at 16:14:45

My son was very well prepared for the exam. Mr Moskaluk has the class review by taking many practice tests. It worked extremely well; it was very clear what my son knew well and what he needed to study. By the actual exam, he'd done so many practice tests, the real one was just one more. We don't have AP grades yet, but the SAT subject test felt easy and he got an 800.

Usually coursework was about 8 hours a week. If the section was more difficult, we'd spend more time on it. The labs were quite time consuming, but there aren't that many and my son enjoyed them. 

Yes! Whenever you take a test, you re-visit it after it has been graded to get a second look at anything you got wrong. There are hints in the do-over if you need them.  There are explanations for most of the answers so even if he got something right, but was feeling doubtful about his reasoning, he could look over the explanation and make sure he had understood it. The explanations usually explain why the other answers are wrong, which was sometimes very helpful.

Also, on most of the online worksheets, there is a button to ask questions. The first time my son asked a question, the TA responded "show me how you did it". It was an excellent strategy as the TA was able to see exactly where problem was, rather than giving a general explanation that might not have cleared up the confusion. From then on, my son always put questions as "I did this - what am I missing?" and always got a clear explanation. Other people have commented that response is usually fast. That was our experience too.

The online worksheets are constructed to teach you how to approach answering a question. When working on them you answer individual steps which lead you through the overall process of a complete answer. We found it an effective strategy.

My son already enjoyed chemistry; on the whole this course was also enjoyable.

We would definitely recommend this course. What sort of student would do well is a complex question. I felt my son did very well, he got an A- in the class (two rather grim tests results account for the - ), however, there is a lot of reading. My son has dyslexia and required more support than I anticipated. His other AP classes are more presentation based and therefore I'd say the format material is presented in can make a difference to the success of any particular student. Having said that, I'm really glad we chose this course, and Mr Moskaluk's notes for each chapter of the text book helped a lot with reading.

Mr Moskaluk himself was very responsive and very helpful. He gave me advice about the exam taking process, AP accommodations, and, on exam day itself, when our testing center was having administrative problems, I emailed Mr Moskaluk and he called me right away with information that I think did help them resolve their issue. 


An excellent course posted by Paul A. on May 23 2017 at 17:02:33

This course was well taught. The system was effective in preparing me for the exam. When I took the AP Exam, I went in and left the exam room with confidence. I enjoyed every lesson in the course, especially the sections on organic chemistry. My interests in the course have been greatly heightened. In the forum, everyone was lively and ready to help each other with difficult topics. We all had great discussions and fun chats. One thing I found great about this course was how flexible Mr. Moskaluk was. I am legally blind and need extra time on tests. I was allowed the extra time that my accommodations prescribed. I was happy with my experiences throughout the course. I would recommend this course to any student who wishes to be well rounded in chemistry. However, you must be willing to put your time in. I spent 2 hours in the morning for each week day and had to study a bit on the weekends. 


Good class, worth taking. posted by Iain MacLeod on May 19 2017 at 21:03:55

#1 this course definitely prepared me.for the ap exam.

#2 6 to 8 hours per week till prep for the test, then closer to 12

#3 I found the physical side of it having to do with electron orbitals very interesting.

#4 the course helped me to understand that chemistry is not my calling.

#5 when I communicated, yes.

#6 I would recommend this course (a) to students who hope to become chemists or go into a career involving chemistry and (b) to students who, whether or not they will go into chemistry as a career, can grind out a good enough grade to use the class for college transcript purposes.

I'll also say that the cirriculum and instruction mr Moskaluk has designed is exceptional, especially considering that this is an online class.


Very high quality course! posted by Timothy Alexander on May 16 2017 at 18:39:08

This was one of the highest quality courses I've taken. Mr. Moskaluk was a fantastic teacher! He was very quick at responding to any questions I had.

The course was very good at preparing me for the AP exam. Mr. Moskaluk is very knowledgeable about the exam and gave a lot of good tips for the exam as well as all of the practice problems for the exam.

It is a lot of work. I spent 8-10 hours on the course most weeks and closer to 12-14 in the month before the exam but all of the time you spend is worthwhile, none of it is just busy work. A typical week involves the following. Reading the textbook(20-40 pages), reading the outline(about 10 pages), completing 1-3 assignments in webassign (Each one takes 1-2 hours), completing 1-2 free response questions(10 or 22 minutes). There are also 90 minute multiple choice exams every few weeks.

To summarize I would highly recommend this course but you must be aware of the time commitment.


Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chem Class posted by Sean Wheeler on May 15 2017 at 19:32:32

This course was very effective in preparing me for the AP Chemistry Exam.  Mr. Moskaluk does a superb job summarizing and explaining the important material and how the imformation reveals itself on the AP Chemistry exam.  Though this was a rigorous and challenging class, it was also very rewarding and exciting to gain such a comprehensive understanding of chemistry.  One can expect 8-10 hours of homework per week, but be assured that none of the homework was busywork nor unnecessary.  A  student who's diligent, committed, and serious about his/her studies will be successful!  

The homework assignments via WebAssign also were quite benefical in solidifying my understanding of chemistry topics.  In addition, Mr. Moskaluk structures his tests and quizzes to resemble the actual AP Chemistry Test, which gave me a familiarity with the sort of structure I would encounter on the actual test day.  I think one of my particular favorite aspects of the class was that Mr. Moskaluk gives assignments he calls "Reduxes" which essentially are reviews of the tests that provide explanations of the logic behind each question. 

Though I didn't use this feature very often, students also have the capability to ask questions and communicate with each other and Mr. Moskaluk via an online discussion board.  If I found anything strange or perplexing, I could ask a question on the discussion board, where it could be answered by a fellow student as well as Mr. Moskaluk.  This ability came in handy at times. 

All in all, if one is ready for the rigor this class creates, it is a very beneficial preparation for the AP Chemistry Exam, and I surely would recommend it to anyone looking to get a 4 or a 5 on the exam.


Great AP Chemistry Class posted by Bethany Furness on May 15 2017 at 18:09:00

This AP Chemistry Class is amazing!  The material is tricky, but the way it is taught in this class made me feel very confident going into the AP exam. There was nothing on the exam that I had not seen at some point in the course. 

Mr. Moskaluk is brilliant!  He is so effective even online.  He is so encouraging and quick on email, ask your teacher, and the discussion board.  I really appreciated his help and guidance. He knows so much and seems to always be excited to share his knowledge with his students.

The work load was lighter than I expected for most of the year. I would say on a typical week I spent no more than 6 hours a week on this class.  However towards the end of the year when we started the review, I had to put a lot of time and effort into the many practice tests. I had to work nonstop even over the weekends in these last weeks. However, it was so worth it because it prepared me so well.  By the end of the review, I felt like I knew the AP Chemistry curriculum so well.

The discussion board was a great tool. I was able to use it when I felt unsure about something, and it also helped me learn.  Sometimes other students would ask a question I realized I didn't know either, so it strengthened my AP Chem abilities.

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to do well on the AP Chemistry exam but is willing work for it.  This is definitely not an easy class, but if you put in the time and effort, it really pays off. If you want to know the types of questions on the AP Chemistry Exam like the back of your hand going into the exam, take this class!


Chem Class posted by Jacob Christopher on May 15 2017 at 17:17:36

This course was a positive experience for me. Although it was a large course load, this prepared me for the exam.


AP Chem Review posted by Sean Lim on May 15 2017 at 17:04:50

The course was very rigourous, and the notes provided were excellent. However, I felt that sometimes there was perhaps too much content to cover in a week, given that a student usually takes other AP courses in conjunction. A student that can read a lot of content will benefit greatly from this class. Also, I think making the assignments due on Friday may help students to manage their time better. When the work is due 1-2 days past the weekend, and students don't work as hard in the weekend, sometimes it's hard to submit on time. A very thorough course.


Top-level Class, Top-level Teacher, Top-level Students, Top-level Learning! posted by Lauren Battle on May 14 2017 at 19:59:48

Oh, absolutely! I went into the exam room relatively confident, and upon arriving found that the other kids in my classroom hadn't even been taught the things that Mr. Moskaluk had emphasized most heavily. There wasn't anything on the test I hadn't seen and done before many times, and I'm confident that my score was high.

I have ADHD, so it takes me longer to do work than a lot of people. I spent about 20 hours a week on the class, but you should expect about 15. The course is designed excellently for someone who struggles the way I do with focus and concentration, and Mr. Moskaluk is always ready to help you out if you need something. Definitely don't be afraid of the work level, it's all fun!

I loved the labs in this course, from mixing chemicals to baking coins, actually getting to do science was the best part for me. Additionally, the funny notes, comics, and humorous wrong answers in the regular assignments made me always look forward to a new week's work. 

Most definitely! I took Honors Chem last year with a different teacher, and while I learned a lot, this class provided a lot more practical application for the concepts I was learning. Also, the various supplemental links Mr. Moskaluk gives us throughout the course were grounds for a lot of exploration into my favorite subjects, from actual scientific papers to simulations, each week there's something extra to explore somewhere on the site or in the assignments.

Oh, yes! Shoutout to T.E.S.T. (now C.H.I.L.L.) and especially Sara B. and Stephanie Y. for providing me with amazing support throughout the year. TEST was a student-created study group that sometimes met in video calls and sometimes text-based chat to talk about chemistry, APs, or whatever else is on your mind! If you have the fortune to form a friend group, you'll never struggle for long! Even the regular discussion board (shoutout to Micah B. and Paul A.) was fun with the miscellaneous questions (sometimes involving explosives, dangerous chemicals, and the FBI) and everyone was amazing.


Almost any student can excel in this class if they do the work and use all of the support that Mr. Moskaluk gives us (and it's a lot of support!). Having a head for math and being able to think creatively is definitely a plus, also a reasonable reading speed if you want to actually read the entire text instead of just the outlines he gives.

 

Overall this was one of the best classes I've ever taken, online or in person! Thanks Mr. M, Mary-Ann, TAs and all of the students that mean so much to me now!


AP Chemistry Review posted by Love Tsai on May 14 2017 at 16:03:17

I think that the course adequately prepared me for the AP exam. There was a lot of practice and learning involved, so each topic was delved into thoroughly and completely. I especially liked that Mr. Moskaluk was really careful about telling us what we had to learn for the AP exam-- there wasn't busy work and we only learned things on the AP curriculum. If people were going to take the SAT II test, he gave extra materials and practice exams and made sure to accommodate for them as well.

I spent around 8-10 hours a week on Chemistry, and an extra four hours every time we had labs because I liked to do them all at one time. The WebAssign work was always really good for reinforcing what we had learned and helped to guide our thought processes by nudging us in the right direction. Communication was amazing, TAs were always quick and prompt, and Mr. Moskaluk would always check in to say "yes, that's right". Careful and thorough answers were given by both Mr. Moskaluk and the TAs so that we would understand why we got an answer wrong. When Mr. Moskaluk went away on vacation, students were given ample notice and the TAs picked up a lot of the communication on the boards. Answers to questions were typically given in an hour or so. We made a study group using Google Hangouts which also helped-- if we had questions we could just shoot each other a quick message.

Students with an interest for learning and a drive to do well will succeed in this class. AP Chem requires steady work and dedication, and the willingness to put in extra work to truly understand the mechanics. It is doable, though! You don't have to be a "genius" to take this class and do well. The support given by the students and the teaching staff also helps for when the work seems to pile up. 

It is said that a large majority of students end up drawing on the AP exam or writing an apology letter for wasting the grader's time-- those who take this class will not have to resort to such tactics, even if you might miss a few points here and there. The foundation for chemistry principles is very strong and I highly recommend this class for those taking the AP exam, SAT II, or those who simply want a higher-level science class. 


An outstanding class, but not for the fainthearted posted by Luca Gurgenidze on May 13 2017 at 23:52:09

For those who strive for a 5 on the AP exam, and are willing to put in the hard work necessary to do well in the class, Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chemistry is an outstanding course! All of the material and assignments provided are both straightforward and down-to-earth, while still presenting the complex challenge that is necessary to thrive in the class. As for test preparation, every concept and detail had been covered in-depth. On the AP exam, I didn't see anything I had not studied at least once in the class.

Per week, I might have spent about ten hours working on the class, or in other words, about two hours each day. However, unlike other courses, where the readings and assignments may be tedious and dull, the material necessary for this class was actually quite fascinating and entertaining.

If you wish to take this course, you must be prepared to work extremely hard on both your studying and assignments. As I said in the title, it is most certainly not for the fainthearted; if you fall behind on the workload, you will seriously struggle to catch back up. Thankfully, Mr. Moskaluk and his team will always assist you as much as possible to get you going; if you fall behind, or are struggling to understand a concept, shoot them a question and there will, without doubt, be a thorough answer within an hour or two. Thus, if you wish to excel in AP Chemistry, I would definitely recommend this course to you, given that you are willing to put in the necessary work.


Review for AP Chem year of 2016-17 posted by Rocky Gurgenidze on May 10 2017 at 23:24:06

I have to say, this class was really awesome. The assigned material and student guides were explanatory and easy to understand, and the homework load was, while not to be underestimated, still doable. Also, the discussion forums and general response time to any questions I asked was extraordinarily quick and waiting on a response never hindered me from finishing the workload. 

As far as the test was concerned, assigned course work covered anything I encountered during the AP exam. I have heard tell of most classes skipping at least one tested topic, but this one certainly suffered from none of those tendencies. This class was extremely well-prepared in the way of test preperation. 

The TA's were extremely helpful, and they certainly made doing the homework a lot easier. As a student, I could count on a detailed response to be posted in about 1-2 hours after I asked one. 

All things considered, for anyone considering an AP chem class, I highly recommend this one. Thanks to the great teaching and planning, I'm glad to say that the end of year test was a breeze and I'm confident I passed with at least a 4. 

RG


A great experience! posted by Meghna Gaddam on May 10 2017 at 15:30:32

With 7 hours of school, 2 hour commute, and afterschool classes, I was still able to budget time and learn AP Chemistry without stress. The flexibility of the class allows you to schedule your own time to get the work done. As long as you work hard and are motivated and diligent, this format is really effective and convenient. I loved all the assignments that allowed me to go over my errors on tests, etc. and improve, it alleviated stress and really helped me focus on improving and learning the content. I would definately reccomend this course to other students!


AP chemistry review posted by Calvin Raab on May 09 2017 at 13:40:26

This was a really great class, and I felt extremely well prepared for the exam. I liked how organized the class was, there was never any confusion over due dates or assignments. Mr. Moskaluk made it clear what we needed to know for the exam. With all the practice tests and webassign questions, I felt comfortable (as much as that is possible on a big test) with the acutal AP exam. I usually put in an hour a day, except during lab and practice exam weeks, when it is about two hours a day. As mentioned earlier, the practice exams were really valuable, as well the the guest lecturer videos with Ron Lederer. I love any kind of science, and this course helped reinforce that I will major in chemistry at college. The online forum was useful, especially when a student had trouble with a question and in the process of helping them out, you got to practice your own skills. I would highly recommend this course to students who enjoy science and are willing to put in the time to study and do webassignments. 


Phenomenal Class! posted by Anna Schwartz on May 07 2017 at 14:53:36

If you're looking for a class that will not only prepare you for the AP chem exam, but also give you a thorough understanding of the concepts of chemistry, look no further!  Mr. Moskaluk is an absolutely amazing chemistry teacher who carefully and thoroughly prepared each and every one of his students for the AP chemistry exam.  Not only were the assignments engaging, but there was absolutely no busywork, which was fantastic for giving me extra time to study and review. 

I think I put in about 2 hours a day of chemistry throughout the year, which would give me about 10-12 hours of class time a week. However, be prepared to put in a LOT more time than that in the last month, during review.

I'd say the practice exams were especially valuable.  I definitely thought that having the practice exams from previous years was super helpful in assessing what my performance would be like on the real exam.  It gave me a sense of how well I would do on the real thing and allowed me to narrow my focus down to key review points.

To be completely honest, I've never been a chemistry kid, but Mr. Moskaluk's class made chemistry tolerable, and even enjoyable at times.  I want to go into science when I'm older, and a year ago I was dreading taking chemistry in college.  Now, however, I can't wait to take chemistry again!  I feel like I'm much more prepared to face any chem questions my professor throws at me.

Although I didn't post in it much, I loved being able to check our discussion forum every day to see if anyone else was struggling with the same concepts as me.  More often than not, someone else had asked the exact same question I was about to post!  The other students in this class were amazing.  My classmates are a dedicated, ambitious group of young people who will go on to do incredible things!

If you're a student who is hard-working, independent, self-motivated, and determined to make the most of every class you take, you will love this class.  I would definitely recommend this course to other students.  It's a challenge, and it's not easy, but the reward of finishing the exam is definitely worth it.


Effective and thorough class posted by Jocelyn Hartley on May 07 2017 at 14:13:30

This course thoroughly prepared me for the AP exam. In the outline Mr. Moskaluk made for each topic, he pointed out content that was frequently used for multiple choice questions, and he explained what would or wouldn't be acceptable for FRQ answer. All the tests we took throughout the year were formatted like the AP exam, so I became very comfortable with the types of questions asked. The new material was covered several weeks before the exam, so we took many of the exams from previous years and still had time leftover to review.

I probably spent 7-8 hours a week working on this class. I was able to work ahead also, which allowed me to take breaks so that I could travel during my siblings' breaks. This flexibility was very helpful.

This course definitely increased my interest in chemistry. Because of past experiences, I have felt incompetent in math and science classes, and I have not enjoyed them. However, the outlines and assignments in this course so thoroughly explained the material that I became confident with my ability to apply material. Then, solving new problems actually became a fun challenge.

There was a discussion board, but I don't think I used it more than once in the entire year.

Anyone who is willing to put in effort and who manages time and workloads well can succeed in this class.

 


title posted by Matthew Berry on May 05 2017 at 16:26:49

Yes, very much so. Mr Moskaluk gives you all the information and preparation you need in order to complete the exam with confidence.

2-3 hours per day depending on the amount of course work assigned that week.

The entire class except for acid/base titration. To no fault of Mr Moskaluk, it is just one of my weaknesses.

Yes, I liked chemistry before I took this class, but after completing this class I have found a love for chemistry, and school, that I never thought I had.

 

 

Someone who is willing to put in the work in order to complete the tasks assigned will excel in this class. I did not find the course work to be too strenuous, but it may be for someone who doesn't have the drive to work hard may not do well.

 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who has any interest in Chemistry! Mr Moskaluk makes this class a lot of fun.


Fantastic Course posted by Caeden Smith on May 04 2017 at 22:01:47

First off, Mr. Moskaluk is an outstanding instructor and all my TAs and classmates were awesome! Anytime I had a question I always had an answer in less than an hour. I felt super prepared for the AP test. Mr. Moskaluk offered us practice test after practice test after practice test which I feel really contributed to my success on the test. Typically, I worked 10-12 hours a week on this course. I usually worked for about 2 per lab on top of that, however those are only ever so often and have plenty of time to be completed. An A+ is certainly obtainable but you must be willing to work for it. I can’t give Mr. Moskaluk enough credit for this course! I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to take AP Chemistry!


AP Chemistry with ChemAdvantage: Fun, Fair, Fantastic! posted by Sadie G. on May 04 2017 at 20:14:29

I usually don’t like science classes of any kind, but this class was actually fun! Whether I was doing hands-on labwork or reading Mr. Moskaluk’s chemistry jokes, I found myself realizing that chemistry is pretty cool. I think the reason that I found the class so enjoyable is because Mr. Moskaluk loves his subject so much, and he passes that love on to his students. 

 

This course definitely prepares you for the AP exam. When I walked into the room on exam day, I wasn’t worried. I was confident in my chemistry knowledge. Everything in the book was explained clearly in Mr. Moskaluk’s chapter outlines so I was able to understand the material. As for taking the exam, there were so many practice tests that I knew exactly how the exam worked. Also, after every test, Mr. Moskaluk had a redux with explanations for each question. I found these to be extremely helpful for understanding what you got wrong on a test. I liked being given a second chance to work through the problem.

 

It’s difficult to say how many hours exactly I put in to the course. During a regular week, I’d say I put in anywhere from 2-4 hours a day on average, but I do tend to work slowly. Then, when I had to take tests or do a lab, it could take even more time.

 

Communication was always clear and pleasant. There was a public forum where students could post questions, comments, or links to websites with interesting or valuable information. There was also the “Ask Your Teacher” button on WebAssign which I used all the time. Finally, Mr. Moskaluk and Ms. Mary Anne would always reply to an email. They were both very fair and kind. Whenever I needed help with chemistry, Mr. Moskaluk would answer in a timely and efficient manner, and whenever I did well, he was excited for me. For any administrative questions or concerns, the wonderful Ms. Mary Anne was there to help.

 

In conclusion, this course was everything it needed to be, and more! The coursework was challenging but manageable. The teacher, TA’s, and other staff at ChemAdvantage were the most helpful, inspiring, and encouraging team that I’ve gotten to work with so far in my high school career. Thank you, ChemAdvantage team, for guiding me on my educational journey, and for helping me become a better student!


Ask questions, put in the hours, don't fall behind... this course is a GEM and Mr. Moskaluk is a MIRACLE WORKER! posted by Esther U. on May 04 2017 at 17:18:54

I'm not the type to exaggerate. (Not that much, anyways.) I've struggled and cried and died and failed (in that order) my way through high school Chemistry before. I'm a TOTAL humanities person. I've been through public school, private school, Christian school, and 4 different types of homeschooling. Call me an elitist, but I've been burned by homeschooling before and always thought that private school, with its academically rigorous courses and inspiring, patient, and intelligent teachers, was the way to go. For all of those reasons, I seriously dreaded taking the requisite AP science course.

GUYS. GIRLS. PEOPLE. If you are ever planning or even considering taking a chemistry course, look no further. I cannot recommend this course enough. This is, hands down, the best science course, maybe the best high school course, I've taken in my life, and that's saying a lot. I've recommended this course to any and every hard-working student who does homeschooling, and even some who don't. (So what if you go to the best private high school in the country? You should still take this course! :) )

I will admit, the workload can be a bit heavy at times. You will have to put in substantial effort, and hell hath no fury like your chemistry assignments when you're behind. But if you keep up with the daily work, I assure you that you will come out of this experience much smarter, and much more appreciative of chemistry. (And even if, God forbid, you do get behind, Mr. Moskaluk and Ms. Mary Ann are the best, sweetest people ever, and they will give you extensions and cheer you on until you catch up.)

Would I recommend this course? Umm, is the sky blue? Does Romeo love Juliet? Is the typical oxidation state of oxygen 2-??? YES! I would recommend this course to every single person, STEM or humanities, boy or girl, rich or poor, white or black or yellow or red or purple or green, dead or alive, etc... who is willing to work hard. Let me tell you, there are challenges to homeschooling: you can't see your teacher/peers in person, you don't get everyday meetings to check in, it's hard to teach yourself when you have to do so. There's only so much a teacher can do; by nature, homeschooling requires the student to take the initiative and responsibility over their education. That being said, ChemAdvantage overcomes all limitations and exceeds all expectations. This is even better than a "real" high school AP Chem class.

I've started rambling, so I've made a handy list for all of you list-readers out there.

REASONS TO TAKE AP CHEM WITH CHEMADVANTAGE:

1. Mr. Moskaluk and Ms. Mary Ann (and their team of highly intelligent TAs): They are so GENEROUS with extensions if you need them, because they want their students to LEARN, not just randomly enter answers because the deadline is coming up. They are so, so, so PATIENT when you ask question after question

2. The set-up of the course is really done well: Although I initially was a bit confused about using the 2 websites, once you get used to them, they're the best. The WebAssign assignments are designed so well, walking you through, step-by-step, each confusing process. There are explanations for almost every single question.

3. That "Ask Your Teacher" button on WebAssign. Really, it should be called the "Ask an Angel" button, because that's what it is. At first I was too shy to use it, but once I started using it, that's when I really started learning. Confused as to why choice (A) is the answer? Press the button. Stuck and unsure how to answer the question? Press the button. Wondering about something super geeky that you can't ask anyone else or they'll know how big of a nerd you are? You guessed it... press the button! Mr. Moskaluk and his army of TAs are literally ALWAYS on and so patient in answering questions, even you're just being silly and the answer is obvious. Plus, Mr. Moskaluk was so encouraging and it's like having an actual dialogue in class.

3. Because of the regular schedule and Mr. Moskaluk's willingness to be flexible with your assignments and labs, this course allowed me the flexibility I needed to work with my extremely hectic schedule.

4. He gives you everything you need to succeed. Seriously. The assignments were helpful albeit challenging, perfect for prepping you for the AP test. You get video lectures (*Shout-out to Mr. Lederer and his Canadian humor and his awesome facial expressions!*), quizzes, labs, exams, assignments with instant feedback. What more could you ask for?

I cannot be more adamant that everyone who's reading this testimonial should take this class. If you're a science person, take it. If you're a history person, take it. If you're just a person, take it. Mr. Moskaluk will welcome you as you are, and, if you are willing to put in the work and the hours, he will turn you into a chemistry whiz by the end of the year!

So, to conclude, for those people who saw my testimonial and said, "Nah, it's too long. Just gonna skip to the end," I will say this: out of 5 stars, I give this course 6 stars. (And no, that's not a typo.)

Thank you, Mr. Moskaluk and the whole team of miracle-workers/Chemistry angels at ChemAdvantage, for this amazing (labor-intensive, rewarding, inspiring) course!


posted by Ajay Kumar Raja on May 04 2017 at 16:05:16

I am very happy with this AP Chemistry course. While it was challenging, I quite honestly consider that a plus; the work was fun and you really felt as if you learned something new and exciting every week. This course prepared me extensively for the AP Chemistry Exam; we were given several MCQ and FRQ practice tests and completed both small practice exams pertaining to a specific topic and full AP practice exams as well. I would highly recommend anybody looking to score a 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam to take this course!


Amazing class! You really "bond" over the material. posted by Stephanie Y. on May 04 2017 at 15:54:03

All jokes aside, this was an amazing course. Not only were Mr. Moskaluk and his TAs extremely helpful, but every single excercise, homework problem, video, lab and outline provided to us were of the upmost quality; for not only were there in-depth explanations and problems to help us understand the material (plus how to tackle the AP exam itself),but also concice and organized overviews as well. Nothing ever felt like busywork.

Definitely. There was not one question on the exam that Mr. Moskaluk had not gone over in some variant during the year. Not only does he go over all the material, he also gives us tips and tricks on how to apply our knowledge and organize our thoughts in a given amount of time, which really helped.

It varied weekly depending on how fast I could comprehend the topic, but an average of about 9-10 hours per week (not including labs, which I usually reserved part of the weekend for). Sometimes the test took up more time as you had to study and take them in addition to other assignments, but you get used to the pace. I'd like to say that it's very important to keep some kind of shcedule, because with an average of 2-3 assignments (+ review and a test sometimes) not including reading each week, it can easily turn into an extended 6 assignments and a test which is extremely stressful and leaves you not having enough time to fully absorb everything, let alone ask questions. While it's okay if it only happens a few times (and might have to), don't let it become a habit for you won't enjoy the course as much, which is a shame because it has the potential to be extremely fun.

Probably the reduxes on all the test we took. In combination with the "ask your teacher" function and message board, I always understood every question I missed and how I could avoid that mistake in the future. Often times there was also a faster way to do the problem that I never thought of, which was also helpful in making the time element less of a worry.

Yes! Prior to this, the exposure I had to chemistry was a couple definitions, how to balance a few equations, and  maybe three "math" equations. I knew that chem had so much more to offer so I decided to pursue this course for a further, more rigorous understanding. I was not disappointed. There were many times Mr. Moskaluk would go outside the bounds of the course and answer questions pertaining to the real world or other topics of interest, which put the class in perspective and made me respect him even more as a teacher.

Again, a solid yes. It always amazed me how fast Mr. Moskaluk (and his TAs) would respond to my post or email—any questions I had I never waited more than a day to get them answered. I definitely urge everyone who ever has a question, concern, or comment (the online world doesn't always function as planned) to use the message board or email. Mr. M's insightful (and witty) responses add even more to the course. As someone else already mentioned, it would be a good idea to form a study group if you'd like more day to day interaction with your fellow students; with such a large class there's bound to be some who would be willing to join (who knows, you might even make a friend near you).

Yes!! As I mentioned before, chemistry is a rich and rewarding subject, where you come away with a better understanding of how and why things happen. Why does water seem to "crawl" up a test tube? How can you predict the shape of a molecule? Why do some things dissolve in water but others don't? I would recommend this course to anyone who is curious to learn more about the world, and is prepared to work hard to discover the answers. While you will be doing a fair amount of math, don't worry too much about being a "mathy" person. If anything, this course teaches you how to arrive at answers by applying and understanding what you know, where the math occurs naturally and can be learned by anyone (with the recommended prequisites mentioned).

Again, this course can be a great joy to anyone if they're willing to put in the work.

 

Take this class; it preps you extensively and is an experience you won't forget!

 


Best AP Chem prep out there posted by JP Lyon on May 04 2017 at 15:23:31

AP Chemistry with Mr. Moskaluk is such a great class! I felt very prepared when it came time for the AP exam. My friends who are in public school and took the class that was offered there were so confused on the test, and I felt like it was super easy! I spent a lot of time on this class every week. I typically read through the outline on Thursday, watched the videos on Friday, and spent the weekend (and sometimes Monday) doing the homework assignments. It sounds like a lot, but once you get into a pattern it works out fine.

One particular strategy I found helpful near the end of the class was to do the practice tests closer to the end of the semester instead of when they were due. During that time I studied harder on the topics I didn't know 100%. I feel this strategy helped me immensely, as I was able to get a better grip on these difficult subjects before taking the practice tests. I would reccomend that to others taking this class in the coming years. My parents got annoyed with me for taking so many extensions, but it was worth it :)

This course is not for the lazy student. I was lazy the first couple weeks and I was up till 10:30 on Monday night! Thankfully I was able to figure it out. I would absolutely reccomend this course to other students. I never studied outside of the class until the week before the exam, and even then it was minimal. I couldn't think of a better method for preparing for the AP Chemistry exam. Take this class - you won't regret it!!


a brief praise posted by Meghan R. on May 04 2017 at 15:10:20

This course prepared me exceptionally well for the AP exam. Any student committed to completing the assignments thoroughly and in a timely manner can do very well, both in the class and on the AP exam. Really! I did not find that much studying at all outside of regular coursework was nescesary to be prepared for the exam, in contrast to other AP courses in which much of the exam studying is expected to be independent and it is more difficult to be prepared.


Excellent AP Chemistry with Mr Moskaluk posted by Riva S. on May 03 2017 at 13:43:16

Mr. Moskaluk's class was an incredible course that I wouldn't hesitate to take again. Not only did it prepare me incredibly well for the exam itself, but also provided me with knowledge that I know will aid me through the rest of my education. Mr. Moskaluk had us do a ton of prep work and practice exams in preparation for the actual exam, and this really brought all the information he taught us over the year together to help make sure we were as ready as possible for the test.

Mr. Moskaluk's encouragement to ask questions, which were always quickly replied with answers that often provided even more interesting facts or knowledge than expected, helped me to wonder about every aspect of Chemistry, and learn about far more than simply equations and facts. The level of fascination and interest I had in Chemistry multiplied with this course, and it was very exciting to increasingly be able to explain phenomina in the world around me as the course progressed.

The disscussion board in this class also aided connections with other students, and allowed me to learn from the questions that they asked. I am in connection with several of my fellow classmates, and know that I have made some good friends. I can certainly say that the class became and enthusiastic community over the year, where we all got to know each other personally as well as formally. The support provided helped me to become very prepared for a difficult exam.

This course was the first comprehensive Chemistry course I have taken, and because of this, I spent a lot of time working with the material and assignments. I spent aproximately 20-25 hours a week on the course, but I think that this number would be less if one had already taken a basic chemistry course. Chemistry is a tough subject, and AP Chemistry is a hard exam, but the study skills and knowlege learned were well worth the work.


Take THIS Class With THIS Teacher posted by Micah Bendicion on May 03 2017 at 03:43:38

Attention Prospective AP Chem Chemists!

You are considering one of the best AP Chem Exam prep courses in the country!  In this course, The Dedicated Mr. Moskaluk, his awesome TA's, and yes, even your own fellow colleagues (who were significant contributors to me enjoying this course) will work with you to help you master the major (and many minor) concepts of chemistry!  Besides this, you will be the star student in your future college chemistry class if you take one!

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Whereas, The Dedicated Mr. Moskaluk has prepared in-depth assignments that (1) are clear and detailed, (2) teach you the concepts, (3) give you the flexibility to needed in order to master the concepts, (4) include other applicable information that make learning fun and entertaining (and comics), (5) required (for me) about ten (10) hours of work (or is it work?) a week, and (6) sparked my interest in chemistry such that I will pursue a career in chemistry, and

Whereas, The Dedicated Mr. Moskaluk has prepared labs with detailed instructions which should be read thoroughly before performing the labs, in order to estimate the required amount of time you will need, and

Whereas, The Dedicated Mr. Moskaluk has in store for you multiple official AP Chemistry Exams from previous years which will enable you to (1) become very comfortable with the test format, (2) be able to predict what types of questions will be on the Exam, and (3) walk into the test room and actually have fun taking the Exam (my experience), and

Whereas, The Dedicated Mr. Moskaluk, his TA's, and your own fellow colleagues will courteously, promptly, and sometimes humorously answer any and all questions that you may have about anything chemistry (hint hint: ask away!), and

Overall, a high-school student who (1) is dedicated, (2) does not hesitate to ask questions, and (3) follows all instructions (especially for tests) will excel not only in this course, but also in college,

I do hereby absolutely recommend that you take AP Chemistry with The Dedicated Mr. Moskaluk, his TA's, and your fellow colleagues!

May the equilibrium constant be ever in your favor! :P


AP Chemistry with Mr Moskaluk posted by Dawn Redd on May 02 2017 at 19:53:55

I usually put in between 10 and 20 hours of work, depending on how busy I was that week (I travel a lot); 10 was the lowest, near the beginning of the year, and 20 was the highest, near the end when I was doing homework as well as reviewing like crazy.

YES. AP Chem is one of the most difficult AP courses there are, and taking it online is no cakewalk. Make good use of the forum - even if you don't post on it, read through it at least every week. Make friends with other students, that way when one of you is having trouble with something you can pool your knowledge. And I really, really recommend joining a study group! It's a good place to not just have a study group but to ask stupid questions and talk to people who are feeling equally as angsty as you. Also, you might find out that someone lives near you - this has happened several times for me, which was really fun lol.

You have to be ready to spend hours every single day working on this, even when it's hard and difficult and you want to tear your hair out in frustration. Self - motivated and with much perserverance.

That said, this is the best AP Chem class that you can find online. The course is really good, and Mr Moskaluk is a really good teacher, considering the whole 'over the internet' thing. I can personally attest to this. My first semester, I completely failed - my grade was like a 35 per cent - and Mr M helped me get it back up to a 78. That doesn't seem that high, until you consider that that was literally more than twice as high as my first semester grade. So yeah, this is a really good course - I do recommend it.

 


EXCELLENT!!! posted by Elizabeth Marlin on July 10 2016 at 14:58:30

This class was one of the best and most enjoyable I have ever taken. I spent about 10-15 hours per week on this class, but I feel like it prepared me in a superb way for the exam itself. Not only was Mr. Moskulak funny, but he was very helpful and encouraging all year round. Thanks to him, the TAs, and my fellow students, who all were eager to help each other out, I had a very educational year! Most importantly, this chemistry class made me realize that this is something I want to be involved in for the rest of my life! I highly recommend Mr. Moskaluk's chemistry class! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!! 


Amazing AP Chemistry Course! posted by Tyler Bottomlee on July 05 2016 at 22:51:02

I absolutely loved Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chemistry course. Mr. Moskaluk's self-written tests and his distributed practice tests from earlier years made me feel extremely prepared when I took the actual AP Chem exam. The tests showed me the format and wording of the actual AP Chem exam's questions, which greatly reduced my stress during the test. I spent on average 7-8 hours per week on the course. The course is challenging, but I feel like it gave me the same understanding and grasp of chemistry concepts that a college chemistry course would. I particularly appreciated Mr. Moskaluk's choice to give us an introduction to organic chemistry. This introduction into the naming and basic properties of organic compounds really facilitated my understanding of several of the more complicated questions on the AP Chem exam. I also appreciated Mr. Moskaluk's detailed outlines, intructional videos, and interesting self-written homework assignements. The outlines and the intstructional videos that he posted simplified complicated chemistry concepts and made them easier to comprehend. His assignments applied the chemistry we learned to real world situations and processes. Overall, I greatly appreciated Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chemistry course, and it taught me so much about the wonderful world of chemistry. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn chemistry in an interesting, interactive way.


AP Chem posted by Kylee Alons on June 26 2016 at 20:19:12

Taking AP Chem with Mr. Moskaluk was such a great experience. Mr. Moskaluk, along with all of the TA's were so helpful and informative when I had questions. With that being said, this course is the ideal self-learning course. All of the materials Mr. Moskaluk gives so helpful and ensured that I was prepared for the AP exam. I put the average 10-12 hours a week into this course. I especially enjoyed doing the labs and this course definitely enhanced my interest in chemistry. I felt very prepared walking into the test, but regardless of the score I got on the test, I learned so much in this course and I know that my knowledge will help me in the future with anything chemistry related. Students that are hard workers and those who manage their time so that they can get everything in on time will do great in this course. 


Amazing class! posted by Jennifer J on June 15 2016 at 16:05:48

Definitely! Mr. Moskaluk knew exactly which topics were going to be on the AP Chem exam, and he designed the curriculum to cover all the included topics. He provided outlines for each chapter that highlighted the concepts and information we would need for the exam, which were very helpful study tools. He also wrote numerous tests in the same format as the AP Chem exam, so we could get a feel for the timing and difficulty. During the month leading up to the exam, he focused exclusively on review by giving us tests from previous years, and they were great preparation for the exam. He also provided materials to prepare for the SAT Subject Test, and thanks to them, I scored an 800 on the exam.

 

I usually spent about 10 hours a week during the course, not including time for labs, which usually took me a couple hours each.

 

I found the redux assignments very helpful. Mr. Moskaluk posted these assignments after every test, and they allowed us to go over each problem without a time limit. He provided detailed solutions with shortcuts and things to look out for. They forced me to ensure that I understood every problem, and would be able to replicate the process for similar problems.

 

Yes! I hadn’t taken a chemistry course before this one, so I knew virtually nothing about chemistry going in. This course has inspired me to explore chemistry in greater detail, and thanks to the fabulous preparation of this course and Mr. Moskaluk’s recommendation, I was able to secure an internship at a chemistry research lab this summer.

 

Communicating with other students was one of the many highlights of this course for me. The class message board was very active, and students could ask questions about the readings, tests, and assignments, and receive detailed explanations from Mr. Moskaluk, the TA’s, and other students. I used the message board very often, and the responses I received really helped me to get a deeper understanding of the material. Not only was the message board useful for me when I had a question, but answering other students’ questions was beneficial as well, as it forced me to think critically about each problem when explaining the best solution.

 

Any student with an interest in science! This course was fascinating, and I learned more than I thought was possible. The topics taught in this class are useful not only for future studies of chemistry, but also for other sciences such as biology. I would definitely recommend this course to other students, although they should be aware that the work can be very challenging. However, I found that it was absolutely worth it, and I am very glad that I took this course.


Hands Down, ChemAdvantage Is a Must! posted by Thomas Pioch on June 08 2016 at 12:53:05

When I began this class, I was already fairly interested in chemistry -- now I'm considering a college major in the subject. That's how useful this course was for me. Mr. Moskaluk and the TA's did a great job creating a rigorous course that covers many interesting topics throughout a single year. They're always there to help when you get stuck, and thanks to their hard work I never regretted choosing to enroll in this course.

 

On average I would put about 9-10 hours per week (sometimes more, such as before tests and exams) into the class, which is reasonable for a college-level class. The classwork can get difficult, but it never stops being engaging or interesting, and with a willingness to work hard it makes for a positively rewarding experience. In fact, Mr. Moskaluk always packed the assignments with fun facts, links to sites that explained topics more in-depth, videos, cartoons, and more to keep your experience of AP Chemistry enjoyable. The questions on the assignments always built on each other and are made in such a way that you don't just learn how to get the right answers, but also why the answers are right. This, I think, was an enormously helpful step in preparing for the AP Chemistry test, as it always helps solidify the material in your mind.

 

Speaking of test preparation, you would be hard-pressed to find a more thorough system of study than the one used in this course. Every previous AP Chemistry test question ever released to the general public is used in a series of AP-length practice tests which mimic the format of actual AP exam and are given at the end of each unit and across a five-week study period before the actual AP test. After taking a full-length practice AP test, the correct answers and the incorrect answers for every question are thoroughly explained in a redux assignment -- a huge step above the meager preparatory materials you would find on the College Board site. Needless to say, after going through every previous AP test question twice, the actual AP Chemistry test starts to seem a lot less like a daunting obstacle and a lot more like just another familiar assignment.

 

This course was demanding, but I very much enjoyed it, and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who likes chemistry and math (or even anyone who is remotely interested in science in general) and is willing to do some work in some occasionally difficult assignments in order to score high on the AP test.


Great class! posted by Parker Erway on June 03 2016 at 02:53:42

Definitely! The AP exam felt easier than the tests we'd been doing throughout the year. I don't know what score I got, but I'm fairly confident it'll be high. Mr. Moskaluk did a great job of preparing us for the exam.

I averaged around 1 hour a day, ~6 days a week. It could easily be mashed into 4 or 5 days a week, and the assignment structure is flexible enough to allow vacations, etc.

The chromatography lab using a simple camera to determine the concentration of a solution - was very interesting.

I didn't communicate very much with the other students, but there was ample opportunity to. I'm naturally independent, but the discussion boards were there in case they were ever needed.

Being self-motivated is a must, just like any online class. 


Take this class! posted by Hannah on June 02 2016 at 23:42:13

Mr. Moskaluk’s AP Chemistry course was absolutely amazing. The course is extremely well designed and prepared me very well for the AP Exam. Mr. Moskaluk provides clear chapter outlines for every reading assignment and uses videos, websites, homework problems, and plenty of reviewing to reinforce each week’s concepts. He writes many of the homework questions himself and often links them to real world applications (along with website links), which makes chemistry a lot more fascinating. I put in roughly 7 hours per week, and a little more in April leading up to the exam. Throughout the year, Mr. Moskaluk points out import facts to memorize and strategies to use, and he designs every single test to mimic the AP Exam (his tests are so similar to the real exam that he even gets the font right). With his guidance, I didn’t have to cram much for the exam at the end of the year (the extra time spent in April was because of completing and reviewing practice tests), and I went into the exam room feeling more prepared than I have ever felt for an AP Exam. I would wholeheartedly recommend this class to any student, even if…

 

 

In short, Mr. Moskaluk is such an awesome teacher you won’t regret taking AP Chem with him. Besides helping you prepare for the AP Exam (and the SAT Chemistry Subject Test, if you need it!), his course will make you enjoy chemistry. If you’re looking for an AP Chem class, choose this one!

Mr. Moskaluk’s AP Chemistry course was absolutely amazing. The course is extremely well designed and prepared me very well for the AP Exam. Mr. Moskaluk provides clear chapter outlines for every reading assignment and uses videos, websites, homework problems, and plenty of reviewing to reinforce each week’s concepts. He writes many of the homework questions himself and often links them to real world applications (along with website links), which makes chemistry a lot more fascinating. I put in roughly 7 hours per week, and a little more in April leading up to the exam. Throughout the year, Mr. Moskaluk points out import facts to memorize and strategies to use, and he designs every single test to mimic the AP Exam (his tests are so similar to the real exam that he even gets the font right). With his guidance, I didn’t have to cram much for the exam at the end of the year (the extra time spent in April was because of completing and reviewing practice tests), and I went into the exam room feeling more prepared than I have ever felt for an AP Exam. I would wholeheartedly recommend this class to any student, even if…


Amazing Class posted by Sarah Welton-Lair on June 01 2016 at 16:40:22

Chemistry was my favorite branch of science even before I started this course, but coming out of the class, I feel even more passionate about this fascinating subject area. The workload was not light, but also not overwhelming. Weekly videos, reading assignments, and quizzes provided a variety of different ways to practice while keeping me thoroughly engaged. As a result, of the 5 AP tests I took, AP Chemistry was the one I felt most prepared for. If I had any questions, fellow students, TAs, or Mr. Moskaluk himself would usually answer within the hour, so I was able to understand even the most difficult topics. I would highly recommend this course to any motivated student who wants to learn more about chemistry.


An amazing chemistry experience everyone should have... posted by Isaiah Han on May 31 2016 at 12:18:10

Coming into this past school year, chemistry was by far my worst subject, so naturally I was very fearful about the idea of taking the AP Chem exam. However, by the time the exam date arrived, I felt fully prepared and confident and Chemistry has now become my favorite subject. The course fully and completely prepared me for  the AP Exam, omitting nothing and covering everything. I would certainly reccomend this course to any student who is interested in becoming proficient at chemistry. Mr. Moskaluk answered every question I had with detailed responses so I never felt lost thorughout the course of the year. I think everyone should take this class!  


Amazing Preparation for the AP Exam posted by Kate R on May 28 2016 at 17:35:42

This class prepared me so well for the AP Chemistry exam!!  Not only did Mr. Moskaluk teach the chemistry, he also taught us strategies and gave us hours of practice with the specific format of the AP exam.  Although some weeks were painfully full of practice exams, I appreciated the practice on exam day when I had the confidence and familiarity with the exam's difficult format.

I usually invested 8-10 hours a week in AP Chemistry.  Although it sounds like a lot, it was very manageable if I worked on a little every day and did not get behind.

I especially found the reduxes valuable.  A redux is an assignment after each test that has all the test questions.  After each first answer (right or wrong) of each question, an explanation would appear, explaining why each answer was right or wrong.  These really helped me improve and learn from my mistakes.

The course really enhanced my interest in chemistry.  Before this class, I thought chemistry was only okay and used too much math.  Now, I love how chemistry can explain so much of our world at the atomic level!

I was surprised at how much I interacted with other students!  Because this was an online class, I assumed (wrongly!) that I would not even know who my fellow students were.  Instead, the online discussion board proved to be so valuable to help and be helped by other students, the TAs, and Mr. Moskaluk.

A hard work ethic is a must to succeed in this class.  A student also needs to have integrity for the class to actually prepare one for the AP exam.  Lastly, I think that a student who is not afraid to ask questions and ask for help would do well in this course.  Through the discussion board and WebAssign's "Ask Your Teacher", other students, the TAs, and Mr. Moskaluk are happily available to help, and a student only needs to ask.  

There is no question that AP Chemistry is difficult, but Mr. Moskaluk's course provides amazing preparation, flexibility, a helpful support network, and a few corny chemistry jokes!


Challenging and Rewarding Course posted by Andrea Perry on May 28 2016 at 13:59:03

As a student who learns best in a structured and orderly way, this class has been terrific in that respect for learning chemistry! I felt very prepared heading in to the AP exam knowing that Mr. Moskaluk had provided us with tons of practice problems, great outlines of the Chemistry text we used for the class, links to helpful videos, an active forum to ask questions, and encouragement. As long as I followed the weekly schedules and put in the work necessary, I felt prepared for each practice test throughout the year, and ultimately, for the AP exam.

Generally, I spent around 2-2.5 hours everyday working on this course. The amount of material that Mr. Moskaluk assigns us to learn each week is challenging and requires one to manage their time well, but the assignments are not extraneous. Mr. Moskaluk is an experienced teacher who knows what topics will be important on this year's AP exam, and which topics are lesser important, and he directed our studies accordingly so that our time studying chemistry was always spent effectively.

We did have the options of extensions for the assignments, but I found I did not need them so long as I managed my time well.

There also weren't any particular assignments I found most valuable, rather, I liked the wide variety of resources that were provided to help learn the material. Whether you learn best from reading out of textbooks and outlines, watching videos, working out lots of practice problems, or asking and answering questions, you'll get that experience in this class. 

I was already planning to major in a chemistry-related subject in college, but this class definitely solidified that decision, and instilled in me a life-long interest in chemistry.

The online forums where we could ask questions were particularly helpful, and either Mr. Moskaluk, the TAs, or fellow classmates would always promptly reply with helpful insights. And being able to chime in my own answers to questions helped me learn the material better as well. I was unsure at the beginning of the year how communication with others in the class would work, but the forum proved to be a lively place for discussion all throughout the year.

Any student willing to work hard and manage their time well, I believe, would do well in this class. This class gives you every opportunity to be successful in AP Chem so long as you take advantage of it, and I highly recommend it!


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Hard, but rewarding! posted by Tobias P. on May 21 2016 at 18:53:17

I learned a lot from this AP Chemistry course! I did Apologia Chemistry the year before- it prepared me well, but this course took it so much further! Mr. Moskaluk has lots of study resources, including videos, flash cards, WebAssign homework problems, and a very helpful online discussion group/forum for students to ask questions. Mr. Moskaluk and the Teaching Assistants were very quick at responding to these questions on the discussion group. Often, the students would help each other as well. Mr. Moskaluk was very encouraging. There was no such thing as a stupid question, and he cheered us on all the way to the end.

This course prepared me well for the AP exam. Mr. Moskaluk gave us plenty of simulated practice AP tests which were very close to the real thing - even the answer sheet on his practice tests exactly matched the answer sheet that I used on the actual exam. During the review weeks, we even got to practice on actual AP Chemistry tests from years past. Over the whole year, Mr. Moskaluk laid such a firm foundation for us that students didn’t have to waste time during the AP exam flipping back to the sheet of formulas.

This AP Chemistry class was definitely the hardest course I had this school year. On the average, I spent about 2-3 hours a day, but the increased time for study occurred more before tests and the weeks before the AP exam. In addition, each lab took probably an average of 1 hour each to complete. But they were usually bundled in groups of 3, which made it more efficient.

As a last resort, Mr. Moskaluk does allow you to apply for some extensions on overdue assignments, but I found I was able to complete all of the necessary work on time without needing extensions. I was even able to keep up with the workload while competing in a speech and debate league.

Even though this is a rigorous course, Mr. Moskaluk kept it fun and interesting the whole time with humorous cartoons, tidbits of information, and even a few chemistry-related cat memes! Overall, I would give this course 5 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in a higher level of Chemistry.


AP Chemistry Feedback posted by Jonathan Shedd on May 06 2016 at 19:51:16

Let me just start off by saying that I pretty much loved everything about this class. To be honest, there are very few complaints to be made regarding the class. Not only did I feel very prepared for the AP exam but through this class I have developed an even greater interest in Chemistry overall. Even though at times it was difficult, every minute spent studying and practicing Chemistry problems has been worth it. Concerning the amount of time spent per week, I would say that I spent anywhere from 11-16 hours dedicated to this course. I also found the forums to be of great help as I was able to ask questions and get feedback from other students and teacher assistants almost immediately. Overall, this course was a great fit for me since I greatly enjoy Chemistry (as well as other sciences). I would recommend this course for anyone who enjoys Chemistry (or science in general) and is willing to put in a lot of time and effort into this class. They definitely need to be dedicated and determined in their studies but like I said, the work pays off!


This is a very challenging class! posted by Janelle Naegele on May 06 2016 at 17:04:03

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

In terms of being comfortable with the format and content of the AP exam, yes, I feel that Mr. Moskaluk prepared us very well for the AP exam. From the very first test to the final exam, Mr. Moskaluk wrote his tests in the same format (and font) as the real AP exam and asked questions that were nearly identical to what I saw on the AP exam. This helped me get used to what the exam would look like and be like.

In preparation for the AP test, Mr. Moskaluk gave us about five weeks of review, which was nice. The first three weeks or so were spent taking about five previously released Multiple-Choice Question tests and three previously released Free-Response tests. Again, working through all those tests got me very used to the wording and content of the questions and the time constraints. (We did so many practice tests during the first three weeks of review that I felt like I didn't have time to study the things I needed to work on. I ended up using the last two weeks that weren't filled with practice tests to try to quickly solidify the material I was shaky on.)

Mr. Moskaluk does a wonderful job at introducing you to the various topics and teaching you how to solve different problems, but in order to completely solidify the concepts into your mind, you may need to do a little extra work in your own, like watching some extra videos, finding some extra practice problems, or Skyping a class TA (I found that very helpful).

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

I would say that I put around 1.5-2 hours a day, five days a week, into this class. This is not including the labs and lab write-up's which I usually did on the weekends. The labs took an average of probably 45 minutes to an hour and the lab write-ups an average of 30-45 minutes.

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

I don't believe I had any favorite assignments. One part of the class I did enjoy was the humor that Mr. Moskaluk would put into his outlines/problems. Each week he would have a new Chemistry cartoon that had to do with what we were learning that week. And oftentimes, he would have cartoons in our homework problems. Seeing those silly cartoons/memes would put a smile on my face and make me a little more relaxed in the moment.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

To be completely honest, I have never been very interested in Chemistry. I took one previous Chemistry class Sophomore year (I'm a Senior this year) and that definitely helped to prepare me for this class. But I took this class in hopes of earning the college credit for the Chemistry pre-req I need for a degree in Nursing. I don't plan to take any more Chemistry classes after this one.

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Mr. Moskaluk has each student join a Chemistry forum that he organizes. There the students are able to meet/chat with/ask questions of one another and Mr. Moskaluk and the TA's. I ended up not using that forum very much since (1) it was the third website I had to keep track of (he has you join the forum but also uses the ChemAdvantage website for chapter outlines and videos and the WebAssign website for actually doing the homework problems) and (2) I was able to get the answers I needed from the WebAssign website (There was an "Ask the Teacher" chat box on each problem. Mr. Moskaluk or one of the TA's would usually respond to any question within an hour).

Since I didn't use the forum very often, I didn't feel like I got to know the other students hardly at all. That made me feel rather lonely and like I was doing this class by myself. So if you're a person who enjoys interacting with others, know that you have to be pro-active in making friends in the class. It's definitely possible to make friends (I didn't make much of an effort to), but Mr. Moskaluk doesn't have any assignments where everyone HAS to chime in (no group projects/mandatory group discussions). So again, you have to reach out to others if you're hoping to make friends in this Chemistry class.

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

If you are a person like me who likes learning and studying about things that you can see and feel (and not have to imagine), are a very black-and-white thinker, and find more abstract subjects like Chemistry and Geometry challenging, you will most likely find Mr. Moskaluk's class extremely challenging. (It wasn't a surprise to have anywhere from 150-250 problems a week. Sometimes you can get 10 problems done in a minute if they're simple math problems, but expect to do at least 30-40 questions Monday-Friday). You can't do well in this class by just memorizing various terms and numbers; you really have to learn the concepts and ideas behind the processes in order to do well. If that is hard for you to do (understanding concepts and not just memorizing names and numbers), I would think long and hard before committing yourself to a year of intense work in a very complicated/hard to learn a subject like Chemistry.

But if you are a person that does well with abstract thinking, likes learning about and understanding the processes behind something on the atomic/subatomic level, are very patient and persistent, you can do well in this class.

Regardless of the type of person, this class will be a definite challenge!


Best Science Course I have Taken posted by Kenneth Harland on May 05 2016 at 15:57:12

Mr. Moskaluk's chemistry course is very structured and organized, allowing students to learn the material well through practice. I learned best through doing the WebAssign homework, and Mr. Moskaluk makes sure that the problems force the students to think and fully grasp the concepts. Whenever I had questions about the material, he was very quick to respond to me, and his responses were always helpful. 

This course prepared me very well for the AP Chemistry test. The test was far easier than I had imagined it. On weeks without tests or labs I spent about four to five hours on the class, and I spent about twice that much in weeks with tests and labs. This chemistry course really enchanced my understanding of chemistry and allowed me to understand some of the practicle uses of it. I am a natural science and math guy, but anyone who is willing to put in the time can succeed. My previous science and math courses helped a lot, so I would suggest that you have at least some basic science background to help since some of the concepts are tough to understand. The key to understanding concepts is to just struggle with them until you master them. DO THE HOMEWORK--it is the best practice you will get. Mr. Moskaluk wants students to learn the material and is not concerned so much about the grade. He has a generous policy on extensions, but to succeed, you need to not abuse them. Instead, get your work done on time, so you stay on top of the course. No matter what, Mr. Moskaluk will work with you to help you truly learn the material.


Student Review posted by Elijah H. on May 05 2016 at 13:12:34

AP Chemistry taught by Mr. Moskaluk was by far, the best class I have ever taken. Mr. Moskaluk did an unbelievably fantastic job at both teaching the material and providing helpful and useful support. He is kind and considerate, and genuinely has the students' best interests at heart. I still am in awe of how good of a teacher he is.

 

The class is hard. I spent 2-3 hours a day plus weekends working on this course. However, Mr. Moskaluk does an amazing job of breaking down the subjects and making sure that students understand the material. He provided me with an abundant supply of resources to help me understand the material and prepare for the AP test. Mr. Moskaluk really does all that is humanly possible for a teacher to do; I've never interacted with any teacher more helpful, knowledgeable, and supportive than he. I don't consider myself good at chemistry, but Mr. Moskaluk's class actually allowed me to enjoy chem.

 

In regards to the AP exam, this class went above and beyond in every single way to prepare me. I felt extremely confident going into the exam and when I left, my mom said she had never seen me smile that big after a test! Mr. Moskaluk prepared me so well, that the actual exam felt like a cake walk. His review was so rigorous that I had absolutely no pre-test anxiety. With most tests, I usually have to take initiative and study for the test myself to ease my fears of failure; however, Mr. Moskaluk did a most incredible job at guiding me through the test prep process.

 

Mr. Moskaluk and his TAs are by far the best I have ever worked with. On our class forum, TAs usually responded in 12 hours, and Mr. Moskaluk almost always responded in less than 12 hours. Once, I was up studying at about midnight, and Mr. Moskaluk was still online, answering my questions with helpful and practical responses. He and his TAs did a wonderful job at explaining and answering questions.

 

The best part of this course is how practical Mr. Moskaluk is. He is a no-nonsense teacher who gets the job done with as little frustration as possible. He doesn't make the students read material or do work that won't be necessary for the AP exam, and he does such a good job at making sure the students understand what is required of them that an enjoyment of chemistry inevitably follows. When I was struggling with a topic(acids and bases) and asked for an extension, he gave me the extensions I asked for because he was genuinely concerned for my understanding of the topic. Most teachers just want you to meet deadlines, but Mr. Moskaluk really wants you to learn the material. As a student, this class was an eye-opening experience to see how good a teacher can be.

 

To wrap up my thoughts, I cannot recommend this course enough. It was enjoyable, helpful, and rigorous. Mr. Moskaluk is the best teacher I have ever had. With Mr. Moskaluk, any student who is willing to put in the time and effort can be successful in this class and on the AP exam. Cheers!


Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chem Course posted by Megan K. on May 04 2016 at 10:22:57

This course was a wonderful learning experience for many reasons, and I feel that I have learned a lot not only about chemistry, but about problem solving and thinking outside the box.  I feel that this course prepared me extremely well for the AP exam, as I went in to what is normally an extremely stressful test feeling calm and collected.

I probably put in about 90 minutes a day for this course, and every minute was put to good use.  We did not waste any time!

I particularly liked the WebAssign practice assignments.  Although they are long and frustrating at times, they are a great tool to help you go further than simply memorizing material, as you must solve a variety of different problems on each topic.

This course futher enhanced my interest in science as a whole because it helped me to approach science in a different way than I had in the past.  Rather than simply reading and memorizing rules, I gained a full understanding of the material and was able to problem solve rather than just using memorized rules/facts.  

Any student who is willing to put in constructive, productive time should do well in this class.  An interest in science would be helpful, but I think that even if you don't initially enjoy science, you will come to enjoy it because of the great learning experience.


Student Review posted by Danya B. on May 03 2016 at 18:32:04

To give a basic summary, I had a great experience with AP Chemistry. I felt extremely well prepared on exam day. This course is really challenging but with hard work and perseverance, any student will have a valuable experience with AP Chem.

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Absolutely! I walked into the exam room completely confident and prepared. Mr. Moskaluk gave us several practice exams and hundreds of chemistry problems, so the AP exam felt like an ordinary, normal test.

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

My perspective is a little different. I started about 2-3 weeks late so I was behind from the beginning. I really wanted to catch up with the rest of the class so I put in about 2-3 hours of AP Chemistry coursework a day. It definitely was a lot of hard work, but eventually I caught up with the rest of the class which was really rewarding.

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

Honestly, I feel that every assignment was extremely valuable. Mr. Moskaluk goes into great depth with each assignment, so it's hard to just pinpoint a few. Most of the assignments had really funny comics/memes that I enjoyed.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

I started this course with only a basic preview of chemistry, so it definitely broadened my chemistry horizons. While I don't plan on going into the medical field or becoming a chemist, this course really helped me prepare for college-level STEM work. There were very valuable math techniques I learned that will definitely help me in the future.

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

I was more of a lurker on the class discussion board, as I only posted a few times. Regardless, I enjoyed reading through the forum and seeing what other students had to say regarding a certain topic or assignment.

What sort of student would do well in this course?

Any student who wants to challenge themselves and work very hard would do well in this course. You have to be really self-motivated. There were definitely times I got frustrated with a certain topic or a test grade, but Mr. Moskaluk was always there to help and provide encouragement.

Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

Yes!


AP Chem 15-16 posted by Jay L. on May 03 2016 at 18:11:12

All in all, I had an outstanding experience with ChemAdvantage. I felt extremely confident walking into the exam yesterday, and though there will always be some somewhat obscure and/or new questions on the exam, I felt prepared for almost all of them.

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?
Yes - I did not feel I could be much more prepared.  One key point that I will elaborate on later is that the curriculum coverage is completed around six weeks before the exam, leaving the rest for review.  As a result, by the time the exam came by, I had completed every new curriculum exam question ever and more.

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?
I'm reluctant to put a number on this since my workload varied greatly.  Some topics (primarily the ones earlier in the year, such as stoichiometry) I found natural, while others (equilibrium and buffers, for example) took a bit more getting used to.

The one thing I will note is that the labs took a very long time, so be sure to account for that if you choose to take the class.  They're worthwhile, just a bit time-consuming.

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

Yes: I found the review assignments very useful.  Near the end of the school year, we reviewed a huge number of previous tests (3 full new curriculum tests, 4 old curriculum multiple choice tests that were updated to correspond with the new curriculum, and the final exam, a full AP exam), taking them and completing a review assignment on each.  This was extremely helpful: The AP exam rarely throws never-seen-before concepts at you.  While problems may involve situations you haven't heard of, the concepts used to solve the problems repeat themselves.  Therefore, by reviewing hundreds of practice problems, you strongly increase your chance of doing well on the exam.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Yes, certainly!  I did not know too much chemistry before the class, but I found it very interesting.  I particularly enjoyed seeing how seemingly complex problems could be tackled using relatively elementary concepts.

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

I primarily communicated with the teacher and TAs, but found my communications with all of them very useful.  The response time was superb (within an hour or so) and I cannot recall a time I contacted them without my problem being solved.

What sort of student would do well in this course?

One who is extremely self-motivated.  AP Chem is a lot of work and you will not do well without giving it your fullest attention.  The reward is directly proportional to the work you put in - complete assignments diligently and you will be happy with your results.

Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard)?

Certainly.  I found this class to be superb and I feel that with the amount of support given to students, anyone who has completed the prerequisites and who is willing to work hard and ask questions can do well in the course.

As far as advice for potential future students...

1.  Take the class.  It really was excellent.
2.  Check the class site every Monday to see assignments posted for the week.  Then plan as to how you will get them done.  You need to keep up with things or you'll fall further and further behind.
3.  I initially thought that the six weeks of review would be quick and easy, since it is spread out over so much time.  It is not.  Plan wisely to succeed.

All in all, I had an amazing experience with ChemAdvantage and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is willing to put in the effort to succeed. 

 


Parent view of AP Chemistry, Moskaluk posted by Julie LaPorte on May 03 2016 at 17:59:31

This course was fantastic!

Mr. Moskaluk is a great, devoted, thorough, helpful teacher!

Learning Chemistry is no walk in the park, but Mr. M made it interesting, provided many tools, guided the students through doing labs at home in a very professional format, and the outcome for my student was outstanding!  My son was challenged and had to work very hard, but felt the rewards of his hard work, eventually.  Towards the end of the first semester, he got discouraged because his test grades were not where he wanted them to be, and this was pulling his grade down significantly.  Mr. Moskaluk helped him through this tough time by inspiring him to persevere and attack the issue in a positive manner.  He did pull his grade up, and soared through the second semester.  

Although the course was online, Mr. M is available to provide a very personal experience if you put in the effort to do so.  

Interfaces were positive, schedule was rigid in structure, but flexible when there was a student need.

Great class!!!


Hard Course, but Great teacher posted by Scott Driggers on May 03 2016 at 17:57:47

To start off with, I would not recommend this course to anyone who's not willing to work very hard to do well.  While there is plenty of flexibility around your schedule, this does not discount the need for dedicated, hard work.  I put in 8 hours some weeks on this couse alone, while the average was more like 5-6.  If you do consider yourself a hard worker who thrives on conquering a challenge, I would highly recommend this course to you, even if chemistry isn't your favorite subject.  I didn't have much of an interest in it before this class, but I really enjoy the subject now.  While there isn't any one particular assignment I can say that really WOWED me, the entire course was well organized and extremely well done overall.  

When you sign up for an online course, you assume you sign up to watch some videos or just do some WebAssign homework and not really see anybody, but that doesn't have to be the case.  This course provides an avenue for discussion that, unlike other online classes I have been, is very active on both the teacher and the student side.  OR, you could do like me and not really go on the discussion group much and mainly do your homework alone.  Well what can I say, A loners gotta lone.  

The best part of this course was the teacher, who went far beyond his requried teaching duties (which were always completed promptly and fully) and I found him a blessing to study under.


Long story short, ChemAdvantage is the best. posted by Michael A. on June 02 2015 at 14:36:24

Put plainly, this course has got to be the best highschool chemistry course available for high schoolers.
Mr. Moskaluk is a phenominal teacher and he definitely wants all his students to succeed.


    Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?
By all means certainly yes! Having gone through several past AP exams and I don't know how many thousand AP chem problems, the AP exam felt like a normal test except it wasn't at my own desk. In fact, during the last free response section of the test, I was one of the few students who actually was still answering questions 3/4 of the way through the time limit. (every one esle had given up?)

    How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?
My case was a bit unusual. My family went on a trip for almost two weeks early first semester so I was behind from the start. That being said, I spent on average 1.5-2 hrs every day in the morning, and then some more in the evenings, maybe another 1-1.5 hours. (Total about 2.5-3.5 hrs)  (<--That is rounding high up the way.)
However, there were some times when I would only get in 1 hour of chemistry over the course of two days, and there were plenty of weekends where I did 3-5 hrs of chemistry.
If it sounds like a lot of work, your right, it is a good deal of work. If it sounds scary, you're wrong, it isn't. (Basically, give yourself a 2 hr period in your school day and then expect some homework in the evenings, you'll figure it out.) :)

    Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?
There was one assignment mid 1st semester that had several chemistry jokes/memes in it, and for the rest of that week I'd suddenly start laughing just from thinking about them.

    Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?
I came in to this course with only 1 semester of chemistry (part of an intro to physics and chemistry course) and expecting chemistry to be a chore. While I still don't want to be a chemist, I can say that I think chemistry can actually be quite fun.

    Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?
Mr. Moskaluk had a forum open to all the students, however, I personally did not use it much (6 posts over the course of the year!). However, when I did have an issue registering for the AP exam, I related my situation to my classmates on the forum and within a few weeks I had managed to get registered following their and Mr. Moskaluk's advice!

    What sort of student would do well in this course?
A student who realizes that this course isn't a walk-in-the-park, has discipline, and is up for a challenge. (Keep in mind you've got the best support team you could imagine.) (Support team = Mr. Moskaluk, ChemAdvantage Admin, all the TA's, & and the students...(not to mention Chemguy!))

    Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?
Hands-down yes.


Long story short, ChemAdvantage is the best. If you want/need Chem, ChemAdvantage is your place to take it!
P.S. Word of advice, don't get behind! :)


AP Chemistry course by Peter Moskaluk afterthoughts. posted by Jin Bo-kyung on May 23 2015 at 11:27:11

If you want to know whether this course is worth it, I can whole-heartedly recommend this chemistry course immediately. If you want to know why, read on.

I definitely feel that the course prepared me for the AP chemistry exam, the weekly assignments were clear and concise, covering what I learned for the week and explaning where I had misconceptions. If I was still confused the chemistry forums always came to the rescue with Mr. Moskaluk and his TAs speedily replying to questions. I generally put 2 hours per day on weekdays into the course. The lab experiments were invaluable experiences that I believe will prepare me for handling lab equipment and carrying out experiments. But what I loved most about this course was the energy Mr Moskaluk seemed to give out. I never felt bored or apathetic at all! Mr Moskaluk is easily one of the most motivating teachers I have ever had!

Even if you're not a science person, this course is both educational and fun enough that I have no doubt anyone who has a small background in science can get into it. So go for it, you may find a passion for chemistry you never knew existed in you.


AP Chemistry Class Review posted by Michael C on May 09 2015 at 21:11:24

Did you feel that the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes, the course definitely prepared me for the AP Chem exam.  Mr. Moskaluk uses a very high quality college textbook.  During the year, Mr. Moskaluk posted outlines for each chapter highlighting what material students should focus on for AP Chem.  Mr. Moskaluk's tests were formatted like the AP exam, so I got used to the format long before exam day.  Mr. Moskaluk finished going through the material 5 weeks before the AP exam, so there was lots of review time.  During this review time, Mr. Moskaluk gave the class lots of practice multiple choice and free-response questions to help the students hone their skills for the exam.  These practice multiple choice and free-response question essentially give a student several AP exams before the actual exam day.  As a result, the actual AP exam itself isn't that terrifying.

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

I would say an average of about 2 hours per day (and around 10 hours per week), although it gets more intense in the few weeks before the AP exam.

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

I don't have a particular favorite assignment, but Mr. Moskaluk gives student lots of good practice with WebAssign problem sets.  When reviewing for the AP exam at the end of the year, I found that many of the concepts weren't very hard to remember because I had learned them so well on WebAssign earlier in the year.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Yes.  It was very interesting to delve into the details of chemistry and learn about why substances behave certain ways that I usually took for granted.

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Definitely.  Mr. Moskaluk has an online discussion group where students ask questions and Mr. Moskaluk, TAs, and/or other students answer those questions.  This discussion group was a very helpful resource for getting answers to my questions.  I also found that answering other student's questions help cement the material in my mind.

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

A student who is excited to learn chemistry, is willing to do lots of problem sets and practice tests, and is comfortable interacting using an online medium.  (Having a good, reliable internet connection is also important.)  And yes, if a student wants to take the AP Chem exam, I would recommend this course.


AP Chem posted by Nathan Chen on May 08 2015 at 19:41:45

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

YES!!! Mr. Moskaluk prepared us very very well for the exam.

What is the workload like?

I spent roughly 2 hours every day studying AP Chem. Each lab would take about an extra 1 and 1/2 hours to complete.

How does this online class work?

There are 3 parts or sections to the class:

1. Online discussion forum page: This is where you post any questions and answer other people's questions. It's optional to use, but I HIGHLY recommend using it. Also a Huge shoutout to the TAs who also help answer questions posted on the forum. (TAs are students who already did Mr. Moskaluk's class and who have just come back to help.) 

2. Webassign: This is where our assigments are. It's an extremely organized page where you can clearly see when assigments are due.

3. The Class Page: This is where Mr. Moskaluk post videos, outlines, notes, labs, tests, etc... anything that is related to the class.

Overall:

I highly recommend this course! Mr. Moskaluk is not only an awesome teacher, he also has this awesome sense of humor that made AP Chem enjoyable. He really took the time to stop and explain each problem step by step with you and made sure you fully understood the problem before you moved on. Make sure you realize that AP Chem is not a light course and that you do have to work hard to succeed in the class. Staying organized and not falling behind on assigments are probably the two biggest things to keep in mind during this class. Thanks for an amazing year Mr. Moskaluk!!!

 


Really, really great class!! posted by Katie Zucker on May 07 2015 at 15:30:38

I would definitely very highly recommend this class to all students who are willing to put in the work! It is well worth the effort. The class deepened not only my understanding of chemistry but also my appreciation for chemistry. I also felt very well prepared for the exam, but the best thing you get from the class isn't the exam score; it's the newfound knowledge of chemistry. All around highly recommended!!


AP Chemistry 2014-2015 posted by Daniel Kim on May 06 2015 at 11:52:01

First off, Mr. Moskaluk is an incredible teacher.  He makes AP Chemistry interesting and fun.  Having Mr. Moskaluk as an instructor should be more than enough to convince you to take his course.  

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Absolutely.  I walked into the AP exam room with confidence knowing that I had a full understanding of all the material and had completed countless practice problems.  

How many hours of work per day did you generally put into the course?

Definately a time consuming course (yet extremely rewarding!).  I spent a good 3 hours a day working on AP Chemistry.  

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

I found that Mr. Moskaluk has a way of making all assignments interesting, important, and even fun.  None of the assignments were unnecessary "busy work."  All of them were very well prepared to ensure that by the end of the assignment, you had a full understanding of the material.  

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Most definately!  Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chemistry has given me the confidence to pursue an engineering career that incorporates Chemistry (i.e. Petr. Engineering)

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Yes.  While I will say it takes more time and is more difficult to ask questions in an online setting rather than in a classroom, the discussion board and other options available allow students to ask questions and have them answered relatively quickly.  

What sort of student would do well in this course?  Would you reccomend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

If you are a student looking for a fascinating course and an fantastic, funny teacher, this AP Chemistry course is for you.  However, one should know in advance that this course is very challenging and time consuming.  Please understand that significant time, effort, and persistence are needed for this course.  Nevertheless, for me at least, it was well worth it.  Thank you Mr. Moskaluk!  


My AP Chemistry Experience posted by Jaime Han on May 05 2015 at 21:12:39

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes! Mr. Moskaluk not only taught the material well, but also provided tons of practice exams. There was very little (if any) material I was unfamiliar with on the actual exam.

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

I would guesstimate 7-10 hours a week. It really varied depending on how quickly I understood the material.

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

I would have to say the labs were the most interesting part of the course for me. Labs were a pain at times as they would typically take up a whole Saturday, but this was the first science course I took where I really felt like I was able to put my new chemistry knowledge to use.

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

TAKE THIS COURSE!! Mr. Moskaluk is a fantastic teacher, and if you're willing to persevere you'll find yourself excelling at chemistry even if you're not a science person. However, my advice to potential students is to be aware of how rigorous this course is. Mr. Moskaluk  grants automatic 2 week extensions on basically every assignment, but don't let that fool you; I found that putting off even half a week's work made it impossible for me to catch up and I had to use my breaks to catch up. But if you're willing to work diligently, it's feasible to keep up and even have fun!!

 


"Science Person" or Not -- Take This Course!!! posted by Lucie Riddell on May 04 2015 at 20:19:58

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Absolutely! I just took the exam this morning, and I felt way more confident than I ever would have thought I could be in a science course. Some of the students at the high school I tested at were freaking out and/or reciting theories to themselves (often incorrectly!) before the exam...but, thanks to Mr. Moskaluk, I was cool as a system that has just undergone an endothermic reaction. ;) 

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course? 

For me, it depended on the unit. Acids and Bases took up a LOT of my time for a week or so, as did Equilibrium. I'd say, overall, maybe an hour to an hour and a half per day? 

Are there any particularly favorite assignments you found especially valuable?

This isn't exactly a favorite assignment, but I loved how Mr. Moskaluk included so much interesting and funny information in our homework. When a chem problem is based on a comic, or a story problem, or a real-life phenomenon, it makes doing homework so much more interesting! I can't count the times that I burst out laughing in the middle of a problem and had to explain to all of my family what clever remark Mr. Moskaluk had made this time. Plus, I feel like I learned a lot of extra information just by reading his fun facts about the chemicals we were studying.

Did this course enhance your interest in the subject?

Definitely. Like I mentioned at the beginning of the review, I'm no "science person." As a matter of fact, I hadn't technically taken high school chem before I started the course! (I had watched a series of chem lectures over the summer, but that was all the experience I had.) Now, I'm hoping to take organic chem and maybe even more when I get to college. :) 

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Yes! This course isn't as heavy on student interaction as other PA Homeschoolers classes I've taken, but other students' responses on the discussion board were always very prompt and valuable. Also, a shout-out to all the wonderful TAs: You guys are amazing! 

What sort of student would do well in this course?

And now we come to my main pitch: Folks, it doesn't matter whether you've been a science whiz since preschool or are still struggling to remember the difference between an atom and a molecule. As long as you're willing to work for it -- and I can assure you, you WILL have to work for it -- this course is for you! Mr. Moskaluk and the TAs were unfailingly understanding and helpful when I struggled with particular aspects of the course, and in the end, I not only went into the test feeling supremely confident -- I also learned to love chemistry way more than I ever thought I could! :) 

Desire to learn + Putting in the work + Mr. Moskaluk and the TAs being amazing --> Awesome chem course! 

P.S. And if you don't understand my chemical allusions...well, you'll just have to take the class, then, won't you? 


AP Chemistry 2013-14 posted by Adrian Liu on August 24 2014 at 18:20:07

Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chemistry Class was very educational and enjoyable, and prepared me very well for the AP exam. I felt fully prepared for all of the questions on the exam, and I scored a 5. The course materials were presented in a highly organized manner which made it easy to go back and find any materials I needed for review. The assignments were presented using the service WebAssign, which allowed me a lot of flexibility in terms of when and in what order I completed assignments. Mr. Moskaluk designed the problem sets in WebAssign so that they were very clear and understandable, and answers were graded instantly and automatically. When I had questions about the WebAssign Problems, my requests for help were quickly answered by TAs or Mr. Moskaluk himself. 

Mr. Moskaluk also gave a lot of preparation for Free Response Questions (FRQs). He gave sample free response questions and carefully broke down what the questions were looking for and the point distribution of the FRQs on the AP test. The final review and exam ensured that I was ready for the test. 

Mr. Moskaluk was an exceptional teacher, and the course greatly enhanced both my knowledge and interest in chemistry. I would highly recommend this course to students interested in chemistry and willing to spend several hours per week studying the subject. 

 


AP Chemistry posted by Sarah C. on May 16 2014 at 22:38:19

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

I felt very prepared for the AP exam, even though it was the first year with the new test.  Mr. Moskaluk did an excellent job of including all the new topics in his outlines and in our online assignments. 

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

I'd say 10-12 hrs/wk.  I would spend probably a solid hr or two reading and understanding the outline, and then each of the problem sets/homework could take about an hr or two.  When I was studying for the exam I put in a lot more time though. 

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

The WebAssign homework activities were particularly helpful in making sure I understood the concepts, and they were excellent preparation for AP MC questions.  When I selected a wrong answer, I would get an automatic, detailed explanation of not only the right answer but why the other answers were incorrect.  Many of the questions also covered possible usages of new topics on the exam. 

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

I enjoyed studying the material at a deeper level than my high school chem. course in 10th grade.  I understood everything better, and I definitely appreciate chemistry more now.

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

We had a chemistry forum for asking questions and discussing topics.  Every time I posted anything, Mr. Moskaluk, a TA, or another student would respond within 24 hrs (usually in about 15 min unless I was posting at 11 pm :P  )  I always received a detailed and very informative response.

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

This was my second time taking chemistry during high school, and the previous exposure was definitely helpful in making certain concepts "click".  The course is very difficult, but if you're willing to work hard you will definitely know your chemistry by the end!

 


AP Chemistry Review posted by Anna Mitchell on May 16 2014 at 18:34:31

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes! I was unsure about signing up this class at first because the College Board had revised the AP Chemistry curriculum and exam for the 2014-15 school year and the test would be different. When I emailed Mr. Moskaluk, he explained that he had been closely following the changes in the curriculum and working with the College Board. And was this true! Mr. Moskaluk’s fantastic outlines pointed out and explained topics that were important in the new curriculum. Several MCQs on the exam tested these very same topics! I could tell that Mr. Moskaluk had done all he could to learn about the new curriculum and change his course to reflect it. I know that I had a great advantage over other students whose teachers didn’t make the same effort.  

Mr. Moskaluk is an exceptional teacher. Every time I had a question, he (and/or one of his TAs) would answer it in detail within a few hours. His outlines helped me focus on the important material in my textbook reading. We did nearly all of the free response questions from the past AP Chemistry exams posted on the College Board’s website, and in the month before the exam, we also did several full-length multiple choice sections from past exams.

I couldn’t imagine being more prepared for the exam. If you want to learn introductory college chemistry and score high on the AP Chemistry exam, this course is the way to go! Mastering such a difficult subject is very satisfying.

How many hours per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

About 2 hours a day, five days a week, but sometimes more on lab weeks. In the weeks before the final exam and AP Chemistry exam, I studied much more. 

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

I especially liked the weekly WebAssign homework assignments on our textbook reading. Mr. Moskaluk emphasizes mastery of the material, so he allows multiple submissions and includes detailed explanations of every problem.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Yes! I’ll admit that I still do not plan to pursue chemistry in college, but I understand it much better. I know that I will be much more interested in reading books and articles on chemistry after taking this class!

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable? 

Yes, definitely! The discussion board was very active, as my fellow students and I helped each other understand the material. The teaching assistants (all former AP Chem students) were incredibly smart, friendly, and competent. They were very prompt and thorough in responding to all my questions.

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

I would recommend this course to any student who is willing to put in time and effort to understand AP Chemistry. This is definitely the most difficult course I have ever taken, but all the resources were there to help me succeed - a fantastic teacher and teaching assistants, comprehensive curriculum, and smart classmates.


Review of AP Chemistry ChemAdvantage course posted by Nolan Reilly on May 13 2014 at 16:43:11

This was a very interesting and challenging class, that prepared me for the AP (and the even more advanced USNCO) superbly. It does require considerable time to complete the assignments, approximately 1.5 hours/day for 5-6 days/week, with 3 hours extra on the weeks with labs, and more time to read the textbook. However, the work is not dull or repetitive, and committing the above hours of work should not be a problem (although one is exhausted after the labs!). The most interesting assignments I found to be those dedicated to chemical bonding, as this was totally new and fascinating to me. This course did enhance my interest in chemistry, in addition to the abovementioned virtues. Although I did not interact with other students especially often, the Discussion Board was fairly useful.

To do well in this course a student must have the time and interest to do the work necessary, which should not be difficult. I would gladly recommend this course to another student.


An Amazing Class!!! posted by Ian Pawelczyk on May 12 2014 at 20:56:29

I felt extremely well prepared for the AP exam. There were a ton of practice MCQs and FRQs that we took. Also, from what some of my friends who go to public school told me, I seemed much more prepared than them.

This is a tough course but definitely worth it! I would say I spent 10 to 12 hours a week on it.

All of the homework assignments that Mr. Moskaluk put together were fantastic. They were all online and easy to access. Moreover, the outlines that Mr. Moskaluk put together were great! They were succinct yet covered almost everything you needed to know about the given topic.

This course definitely increased my interest in chemistry! I feel like I learned so much, and it makes me want to go on and study more chemistry in depth.

There was a discussion board that I did not use that often, but many other students did. A fellow student, TA, or Mr. Moskaluk would always answer any question that you had very quickly.

You have to be motivated and hardworking in order to take this course, but it is well worth it! Mr. Moskaluk is so good at teaching all of the concepts in chemistry!


AP Chem Review posted by Maia Paddock on May 12 2014 at 16:30:53

I want to preface this review by saying that this AP Chem class is definitely my favorite class that I took during senior year and one of my top three classes for all of high school.  

1. Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Absolutely! In addition to the assigned reading from the textbook, there were always chapter summaries and videos that were great for studying throughout the year. All homework and quizzes had explanations for each question after you submitted your responces so that you could learn from the questions you missed. From the very beginning of the year we had FRQ style assignments that walked us through each step of the different types of FRQs to decrease our chances of mistakes. My recommendation is to start making flashcards early in the year and memorize everything you are told to memorize as early in the year as possible.

2. How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

I generally put 1.5 - 2 hours in of work per day. Some days I could work for 3 - 4 hours if I had to do a lab, but these were not terribly frequent (maybe once every two weeks). 

Overall, this was a great class with a fantastic teacher! I highly recommend it to any student who is willing to put some effort into learning a really cool subject!

 


Chemistry is fascinating. posted by Alex on May 11 2014 at 21:07:54

I enrolled in AP Chemistry because I was excited about learning chemistry and wanted to do well on the AP exam. While I don't have my results back yet from the AP exam, I am sure that I did fine — I was well prepared for the vast majority of questions on the exam. And my goal of learning chemistry was definitely met — I had formerly studied chemistry on my own, but really getting into it for a year was an entirely different experience. Chemistry is fascinating. Thanks to the ChemAdvantage team and Mr. Moskaluk for an amazing course!


No better teacher, no better course posted by Julie M. on May 11 2014 at 20:25:40

I am officially going on record and saying that this is, by far, the best AP Chem course a person could ever hope to take, online or in person. Not only is Mr. Moskaluk a dedicated and patient teacher; he goes above and beyond to make the material come alive. I could also tell that he worked incredibly hard to make us know that no question is a stupid one. I wouldn't be able to thank him enough for being the best teacher I have ever had. And I can guarantee that I am, by no means, the only student who thinks this. 

 I felt so utterly prepared for the exam that I am not even worried about my score. I put in about 10-12 hours weekly for this course; on lab weeks, I would put in even more (once or twice, as many as 18). I found the first semester to be very manageable (almost, dare I say it, easy), and the second semester was significantly more difficult work (as we got into equlibrium and acid-base). All along the way, however, we students could interact with each other (and TAs/Mr. M) via the Discussion Group, and we could work through our problems together. The student interaction in this class was truly scintillating and loads of fun. By the end of the year, I felt like I got to know some of them, which (I believe) is the mark of good communication focus in the class. 

Words cannot describe how much this course (and Mr. M) sharpened my interest in chemistry. I've always been a chem nerd in my own small way and have never really understood how some people could dislike chemistry. This course legitimately rocked my world and made me realize that I love chemistry. Not just "like;" love. AP Chem made me discover my passion for this subject, and I am actually kind of sad to earn college credit for Gen Chem (i.e. because I want to take chemistry again and again). 

I know I'm rambling, but one small word of caution here: This course is what you, the student, make it. There is a reason that AP Chem has a rep for being the most difficult AP course out there; the material can seem daunting and merciless to some. But if you treat it with the respect it deserves, it will respect you back. If you put in the work, boy oh boy how you will be rewarded not only on test day, but in life. 

Do yourself a favor and take this course. And always remember: first, buffers don't bite; second, add acid to water as you ought'er. ;-)

May the chemistry force be with you. 


excellent class, helpful teacher posted by Sonia Reilly on May 11 2014 at 19:55:57

The class was definitely an excellent preparation for the AP Chemistry exam, and covered all the material for the new chemistry curriculum.  It was directly geared towards the new format, and provided lots of practice for the test itself.  All the material was clearly explained, and Mr. Moskaluk was extremely helpful with all my questions.  The discussion board (to my surprise) was also quite useful, and all questions were answered quickly and thoroughly.  The class enhanced my interest in chemistry greatly, and I would recommend it to anyone else.  It certainly required quite a bit of work (labs were often 4 hrs each, plus about 9-10 hrs of homework per week), but it would be a perfect class for a student who is willing to work and dedicated to doing well.


AP Chemistry posted by Noah Miller on July 05 2013 at 17:38:34

I don't really enjoy science related classes, but if you want to take AP Chemistry, this is where you should take it. I had a very weak chemistry background before going into this class, but with Mr. Moskaluk's help, I was able to get a 5 on the exam. I had done well on the assignments he had given us throughout the year, but could never do as well on the tests. Needless to say, I was nervous for the test. When I started going through the actual exam, however, I kept thinking, we went over this, as I proceeded through the test. I felt very confident while walking out of the test center that day. I probably put in at least 2 hours a day in this class, as it is extremely difficult, but very worth it. I found the exams that he gave to be extremely well put together and his outlines where he says "this topic is still part of the syllabus but hasn't been tested on in 15+ years..." It saves you so much time, time that you need to use to study some more hahaha. While I still do not plan on majoring in Chemistry, at the end of the year, I started to not mind it as much. It was very valuable having other students explain answers how they solved them and it was helpful putting your thought process in writing to help out your other classmates. I would recommend this course to other students, as long as they are willing to put in the time necessary to do well in the course. All in all, Mr. Moskaluk made this course, which many people believe to be one of the hardest classes there is in high school, much more bearable.


posted by Mary Ann Miller on July 05 2013 at 14:13:52

I wanted to wait until my son's score came in to post a review as I think that helps give insight to parents as to whether or not a class is suitable for their student. All I can say is "What an AMAZING course!" My son just got his AP score and we are shocked and thrilled that he scored a 5! He had very little chemistry background going into the course and had to work harder than I ever saw him work. So, when asked if the course prepared him for the AP exam, the answer is YES!!!! If I had to guess as to how much time my son spent on chemistry, I would estimate that it was at least 2 hours a day. Many kids probably don't need to spend that much time on it, but since my son didn't have a strong foundation he had more catching up to do right from the start. What made the workload even more difficult was the fact that my son got very ill in the first semester and fell behind. Mr. Moskaluk was very patient and encouraging, giving him some time to catch up on the assignments he missed from being sick. I can't comment on favorite assignments or topics, but his favorite moment was receiving his score. As a side note to put things into perspective as to how great of a teacher Mr. Mokaluk is occurred when I had a conversation with one of my son's friends and his mom. We had mentioned the anxiety of waiting for his AP scores and the friend asked which tests he took. When my son mentioned AP Chem, the friend, who was ranked number 1 in his class and is going to school to be an orthodontist, said, "Good luck with that. I got a 1!" This is a young man who IS very smart and capable. A young man who took and excelled in many AP classes. It seemed clear that our son had a distinct advantage in having Mr. Moskaluk as his teacher. He was very thorough in what topics to spend a lot of time on and what topics the students could gloss over. Communication was fantastic! He was always available to help explain and encourage the students. His grading was fair and immediate. Of the 5 AP classes our son has taken thus far, this one was the most challenging and certainly the most rewarding. I would HIGHLY recommend this class for any student who is driven. Because of the excellence in Mr. Moskaluk's teaching, this class is very doable even to a student with little chemistry background (although not recommended) - provided they are willing to work harder than ever before!


If You Have to Take AP Chemistry Somewhere, Take It Here posted by Angela Kim on June 11 2013 at 10:52:30

I'm really bad at science-related subjects, and that in itself might be an understatement. So in a way, I'm not exactly sure why I took this class, but I did, which meant that I had to muscle through two full semesters of AP Chemistry. 

I just want to say two things, essentially. First, this class is really really hard, so for any horrible-at-science people, you might want to think twice. Secondly, and this is more important, if you have to take AP Chemistry somewhere, take it here. And here's why.

Like I said, I'm really bad science--particularly Chemistry--so when I started to struggle in the beginning of the second semester, I knew I was in trouble. But unlike other classes, where the teacher gave grades, helped you a little when you asked questions, and then moved on... my teacher (Mr. Moskaluk) went out of his way to help me understand. I have never had such a dedicated, helpful teacher who was there, seemingly 24/7, answering questions, helping out, and understanding when I tried hard but still did not do that well. So seriously, take his class if you really want/have to take AP Chemistry, if you're really good at it or really bad. He takes the word "teacher" to a whole new level. 

Also, this set up was extremely helpful as well. There's this neat little button at the bototm of every worksheet that says something along the lines of "Ask Your Teacher." Basically, you click it and can type in any question you might have, and then when the teacher does respond, you get a "Help Response." For every teacher, it is very different, but Mr. Moskaluk answered every question quickly, thoroughly, and without complaint. The last one sitll boggles my mind because I literally sent over 200 questions during the school year. And to top things off, most of the questions were something along the lines of, "I don't get this at all. Help." Once, he even responded to a handful of questions at two in the morning. That's called dedication.

Expect to put a lot of time into this class. There's a lot of reading and video-watching to do, as well as a nice amount of homework, lab, FRQ work, etc. Oh, and the AP Exam itself is kind of terrifying; I'm not going to lie. But if you try hard all year, and put in your best effort, and also if you have a great teacher like I did; I'm sure you'll do fine. :)

Also, I want to clarify that the chemistry book and the videos were great. They explained everything extremely clearly, and the course itself was really really good. BUT, if for some reason the books and videos don't work for you, find a supplement. That's what I did, and it helped to explain things even more clearly. 

That's all that I really have to say. Hope this helps some random students or parents in the future. Really, this course was AMAZING, and Mr. Moskaluk is a great teacher. The only negative thing that I have ot say is about the difficult subject of chemistry itself, and that's a whole different story.

Angela :)


AP Chemistry (Mr. Moskaluk) don't miss out!! posted by Abigail Taylor on May 22 2013 at 17:53:00

     I can confidently say that this course is the by far the best I have ever taken or could ever hope to take. Mr. Moskaluk is a highly experienced and excellent teacher who seems to know all there is to know about teaching Chemistry (and maybe even a little bit more!) He is always willing to spend his time answering questions, explaining problems, and giving all the help he can. A couple times I found myself in a situation where an assignment was late or missed entirely, and Mr. Moskaluk was always understanding and helpful.

     From what I can tell, Mr. Moskaluk included every AP practice question available to Chemistry students in the curriculum throughout the year. When the AP Exam rolled around, I was ready for every curve the test threw my way. The problems I practiced on all year prepared me for the format of the test, the wording, and the questions themselves.

     The coursework includes reading a textbook and Mr. Moskaluk’s outlines of each chapter, watching short videos of a guest lecturer, labwork, and various tests and quizzes. There is a study group available to all the students for asking and answering questions. A few times I found that the question I prepared to post in the study group had already been asked and answered by others in the group. The labs are definitely college level (including labs with titrations and acid-base reactions). Mr. Moskaluk also made sure we knew how to use complicated lab equipment that is not available in High School classrooms and even many college labs (e.g. spectrophotometer). Gone are the days of vinegar and baking soda in the typical High School lab!

     The course is a fair amount of work (typical 10-15 hours a week) but rewarding and relatable. I constantly find Chemistry concepts popping up as I go about my every-day life. I’ve always been interested in Chemistry and this course gave me the depth of knowledge I’ve been looking for. My previous chemistry class (not AP) was interesting, but it was not nearly as thorough and engaging as this course. I would highly recommend this class to anybody who is willing to work hard and apply themselves. The material is challenging and complicated at times, but with Mr. Moskaluk and your fellow students, I am confident that you will do an excellent job.


AP Chem Review posted by Paul Advincula on May 18 2013 at 24:30:22

I felt prepared going into the test. In the last month before the AP exam, we were reviewing all the material and I felt that it really helped. 

I put in at least an hour a day, studying and completing assignments.

We completed dozens of equations which really helped to get chemical equations and their reactive properties nailed down.

Now that I've had more experience in labs and the subject, I feel that I can better decide what I plan on majoring in. 

The class had an online study group that was always answering or asking questions. One could usually get an answer within a few hours of posting the question.

a. A student that doesn't mind putting in LOTS of time studying. b. AP Chemistry is possibly THE hardest AP subject and this class does a great job of teaching it!

 

 


Best class I have ever taken - don't miss this opportunity! posted by Matthew Coile on May 18 2013 at 11:26:32

I highly recommend this course.  It is flat out amazing.  Wonderful resources, wonderful teacher, awesome AP prep and awesome chemistry in general.  

 

Resources: There are so many super useful resources it's hard to list them all or explain their true value.  The short way to explain the resources is to say that they are all really useful study aids and are plenty to get a near perfect score on the AP test, a test where you can miss a large percentage and still get a 5.  There are chapter outlines telling you what to study from each chapter (Often, large portions of a chapter aren't important for the AP exam, and sometimes certain points or factoids are super important and "must memorize" items.  I found the outlines to be incredibly helpful in deciding what to study).  There are videos and demonstrations from all across the web that go along with each chapter, usually marked with their degree of "helpfulness."  Whenever I struggled to understand the textbook or whenever I had trouble concentrating, I'd turn to video explanations.  To help you become confident at being able to put into practice what you read, there is online homework with original problems and with past AP problems.  The teacher uses online technology in a way that unleashes its full power.  It's pretty awesome.  To answer questions or problems that stump you while studying, there's a google study group that allows you to communicate with dozens of other homeschooled students taking the AP chemistry test; you often get an answer to your question in about the time it takes the others to write a response.  Of course, if you want to coordinate a skype study group with some other students or something, that's no trouble either.  If for some reason you don't like google groups to answer your questions (maybe you're shy about sending an email to a zillion people), you can send the teacher an email directly.  Or, you can send the teacher and TAs (who this year were really helpful) a question through the webassign "ask your teacher" and also receive a rapid response.  

 

The teacher, Mr. Moskaluk, makes me want to be a teacher.  He is the best teacher I have ever had, and I hope one day to meet him in person.  He is incredibly caring and accommodating.  One time, preparing for chemistry olympiad (I couldn't sleep the night before, so I studied.  Later I learned it might have had to do with the beginnings of wisdom teeth troubles that I stayed up, but that's beside the point) I continued sending him emails throughout the night as I prepared.  I don't know if he was staying up with me or if he was just up anyway, but not every teacher will answer your questions instantly at 3 o'clock in the morning.  Or, as another example, when I struggled to complete my work, I sent an email explaining what the trouble was and he graciously gave me an extension(s).   

 

Sometimes (and I don't mean to criticize other teachers, because I know they're trying to help me learn), teachers will be somewhat inflexible, saying "you MUST do this assignment" even though it doesn't prepare you for the AP exam and "you MUST turn that 'extra assignment' in on time" if you want to get an A.  While I absolutely agree that teachers have the right to do this and usually do it for the students' benefit, I appreciate that in this class, the teacher was focused on our learning and thus willing to allow flexibility.  Every assignment prepared me for the AP exam at least as well as if I were studying on my own.  There was no mandatory "busy work."  If you completed the homework, you would be pretty well prepared for the exam even without doing extra work on your own.  And, if you completed the homework, and did ok on the tests, Mr. Moskaluk would give you a high A, so you wouldn't have to worry about your grade, just the AP test.  

 

By the end of the course, I felt very well prepared for the AP test.  I got several AP review books at the beginning of the year for quick review before the AP test, but I ended up not using any of them.  Not only did this course prepare me for the AP exam though, I also participated in Chemistry Olympiad and the Chemistry Lab event in Science Olympiad and did very well in both.  In Chemistry Olympiad, I easily passed the local test to go on to the National test and almost made the top 150 in the country (out of over 10000 students) Sadly, I didn't make the top 150, but on practice tests I was at about the cutoff for making it, which is amazing to me because I'd had less than a year of chemistry.  In contrast, most of the other kids who took the National test from Maryland with me had already had two or three years of chemistry and even then only one of them made top 150 this year.  Certainly, it's not that I'm brilliant that I was well prepared; it was the awesome preparation I got from this class that caused me to feel well prepared.  Besides the course materials that prepared me, Mr. Moskaluk answered dozens of questions that I had about the content outside of the AP curriculum (for example, there's a good bit of organic chem on the Chemistry Olympiad test that I asked questions about) and he recommended websites and such that I check out for my prep.

 

Anyway, to conclude my review, yes, it's an AP course.  Yes, chemistry and bio are notorious for being difficult APs, so yes, it takes a significant amount of time.  However, this course helped me use my time as efficiently as possible in preparing for the AP exam; Mr. Moskaluk has made this course as easy and efficient as possible.  I really can't recommend this class enough.  I started off this year thinking this would be a dry, no-fun course, and ended it hoping that I have at least one class next year that's like this!  Even if you're like me and chemistry doesn't interest you much, take this class anyway: you'll almost certainly change your mind and realize chemistry chemistry interesting, it will look great on your resume, and you likely will find it, like me, the best course you've ever taken.  This is an opportunity too good to be missed.


AP Chem posted by Alexandra Sykes on May 13 2013 at 12:23:38

Mr. M is a great teacher, and really understands all the material. You can tell he really loves chemistry and teaching his students. He wants every individual student to succeed, and and will communicate with you individually if you are struggling.

This class is A LOT of hard work! I'm not going to lie - I have always been really good with academics and breezed through other courses, but this one was the hardest by far! If you put in the work, it is very rewarding and definitely worth taking. It will prepare you well for chem courses in college.


posted by Libby on July 12 2012 at 20:34:12

Absolutely!  I went into the exam feeling very well-prepared and very relaxed.  By the end of this class, I had completed every FRQ and every MCQ every published at least once, many of them twice.  I got a 5 on the exam, so all of those problems definitely paid off!

I put in about 2 hours per day, on average.  Some weeks were easier for me, and on those weeks I would still put in about 2 hours each day, but I would finish with all my assignments by about Wednesday or Thursday.  Many students, however, would probably need less time, since I had never had any chemistry coming into the class.  The flexibility here was especially helpful as I was juggling 3 other AP courses which also ate up a lot of time.  I finished my assignments by the due date every time except twice this year (and those times were because of illness or a family vacation).  This is definitely not a course in which procrastination will work, though!  Especially in the heavier weeks, you need to get an early start, in case you have a question (or four or five) for Mr. Moskaluk or the TAs.  They usually respond very promptly (the record for me was 7 minutes), but they are human and they have 52 students, so it may take a little while, and if you have 3 hours in which to finish, you are in big trouble!  As long as you get right on the assignments, though, the timing generally works out very well.

I found the Webassigns to be fantastic in this course!  One of my favorite features about the class was that you got 4 chances to get the Webassign questions correct, so it really forced you to figure out how to do the problem.  Also, much of the time, the first 1 or 2 problems in the assignment would be mostly completed for you, so they were mosty example problems to read through before you had to do the real thing on your own.  There were no particular assignments that I found especially valuable, but there was not a single topic that, come the AP exam, I did not understand, so I believe that adequately testifies as to the efficacy of the assignments!

Absolutely!  I came into this course with very little interest in chemistry, and I exited it making geeky chemistry jokes to my family and teaching my little brother about intermolecular forces during the Christmas Eve service in church (no joke!). 

Yes!!!  One of the things that most impressed me about the class was that Mr. Moskaluk would take time out of his schedule to research chemistry questions that were outside of the subject matter in class.  Over Thanksgiving break (I think, although it might have been Christmas) someone wrote in to the study group to inquire about his bag of "carbon-free" sugar, which, as we had all learned has a chemical formula of C12H22O11.  Mr. Moskaluk promptly wrote back to tell us that, based on his research, this referred not to the sugar itself but to the manufacturing process, which I found very interesting.  It was also helpful to see the questions that other students posted, since I had many of the same problems myself and I could find the answers very quickly via the emails going around.

Any student with an interest in science who is willing to put the time into the class will excel in this course! I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone looking for an online AP science class.  This was my favorite course I have ever taken and I hope that many more students will come to join in the joy that is AP Chem!


AP Chemistry (Mr. Moskaluk) posted by Daniel G. on June 02 2012 at 23:56:47

Out of all the AP courses I have taken, I am able to confidently say that this is the best experience I have had.  Mr. Moskaluk is a consumate chemistry teacher.  Because of his vast experience teaching this subject, he knows every trick in the book (and a few that aren't in the book).  Mr. Moskaluk is always willing to spend as much time as it takes to get you up to speed; even at odd hours or during holidays if necessary.  
This course contains a bottomless repository of preperation material.    It seems that Mr. Moskaluk has every test or FRQ that CollegeBoard has ever released, and he spares no pains to help you to get the most out of this resource.  His extensive, succinct (and here's the important part) eminently useful outlines make a powerful combination which is the best preparation for an AP test I have ever had.
The labs in this course are certainly college-preparatory.  The ubiquitous baking-soda and vinegar was a thing of the past, and instead we were able to complete interesting experiments which are applied in college labs every day (e.g. titrations).  Mr. Moskaluk also made sure that we knew how to use professional lab equipment which is not available in high-school (and even some college) labs, such as the spectrophotometer.  Coincedentally taking UV-Vis spectra was one of my very first jobs when I started volunteering at a university chem lab.  This course doesn't just prepare you for the AP test; it also prepars you for Real Life.
After taking this course, I certainly became more interested in chemistry.  In high school chemistry, one mostly learns the basics of solving chemistry-related math problems (e.g. stoichiometry).  In Mr. Moskaluk's AP course; however, one learns not only how to solve problems, but why chemistry happens the way it does.  This knowledge is invaluable and greatly increased my interest in and respect for chemistry (previously I thought of it mostly as the subject before physics).
The AP Chem study group, which most of the students participated in, was a helpful resource while doing the problem sets.  It turns out that some of us think alike and have similar problems.  Often if I had a question I would find it already answered on the Study Group.
This course is a fair amount of work (on the upper end of the typical 10-15 hour AP commitment), but it is well worth it.  It's important to remember that this course's reward is directly prortional to the amount of work you put into it.  In other words,
R = k/W
(where R is reward, W is work, and k is the AP constant).
I sometimes found myself finishing up problem sets a few hours before they were due.  This is not an advisable practice because if you run into a mistake, you don't have enough time to ask Mr. Moskaluk/the hive mind on the study group (and thus miss out on one of the most valuable aspects of the course.
This couse is highly recommended.


Fabulous AP Chem course--highly recommend!! posted by Katie Anderson on May 29 2012 at 21:01:21

I took the PA Homeschoolers AP Chemistry class with Mr. Moskaluk this past year (2011-2012), and found it to be an incredible course! First off, our instructor is top-notch! He is so involved in every assignment, giving help and interacting with the students. He also challenges you to think, helping you find your way through a tough problem and then challenging you to do the last stint on your own. In addition, you might be receiving help on a certain topic, and he expands it even more to explore the implications or other subtleties of the concept. His knowledge of Chemistry is mind-boggling!--he really knows what he's doing.
I would be very remiss not to mention the fabulous TA's for this course! They are so helpful answering questions and spend a great deal of time explaining each question thoroughly so that by the end of reading their response, you feel like you understand Chemistry itself so much better! Besides their incredible enthusiasm for the subject and love of helping you learn, they are very encouraging and so approachable through email. I must give a pitch to say that one of the TA's from my year is staying on to TA again this coming year, and you don't want to miss her or her great help! :)
The course is laid out in a very logical, easy to follow manner. I found it very manageable to see what assignments I needed to have complete when, and from there I could see how to structure my time. As to the material taught, you will find it fascinating, no matter if you like the subject (as in my case ;) or not! Mr. Moskaluk gives detailed outlines for each chapter, and in these he highlights the really important material necessary for the AP, allowing you to streamline your studies and have an excellent resource to look back over in preparation for the AP test. As to time I spent on the course, it will take all the time you can give it. Early in the year I would estimate I spent a good couple hours per day on it. Towards the end of the course, it took more than that :) I will say, this is a very challenging course. Undoubtedly this was the hardest course I have ever taken, but it also was the most rewarding!!
Communication is another great part of this course. There is a Study Group for students, where we all can talk about Chem stuff, and help each other out with questions. I found it invaluable. Not only could I receive help, but I could also give help to other students and in the process cement that knowledge firmly in my mind. The TA's and Mr. Moskaluk also help answer questions and post to the class on the forum. I even have made some really great friends from the student body through the study group.
To do well in this course, I would say, takes a willingness to work hard and a love of learning. There is a lot of material to be covered, but Mr. Moskaluk understands this and sees you gradually through it all. In the process, I learned a whole new way to think about learning in general...not just Chem. While I think this course will make you love Chem even more (it's so intricate and amazing!!), even if you don't, know that you will take a fabulous course, with top-notch instructors, and you will come out a better seasoned student!! I can not recommend this course highly enough! All I can say is, if you're willing to work hard and do your best, take it and see for yourself what an awesome, thrilling, chemistry-fun-filled ride it is!! :)


AP Chemistry was challenging but fulfilling! posted by Jack Novack on May 29 2012 at 17:08:14

- The course definetly prepared me for the AP exam. To be honest, at this point in my studies, it is a bit difficult for me to self-motivate myself to study really well. However, despite this, the class's built in practices and webassign worksheets helped me focus and study the way I needed to. Also, whenever I was lost and needed help, I would get very quick responses from Mr. Moskaluk and his well-chosen TAs, giving me very precise and detailed answers. 

- I worked anywhere from 10-20 hours a week on this course. I am a freshman this year, and as a result I made several planning mistakes before the year had started. (I.E. planning a spring break that coincided with some classes and not with others.) All in all, I would say that this course has a very fair workload. If you focus and work hard, it's about 10 hours a week. If you make mistakes in your planning, and ask for extensions, resulting in double workload for several weeks, you will end up working way more than you should... about 20 hours. The time spent on this class, for me, came down to focus. If I focused well for a few weeks, it was 10-15 hours. If I didn't, or I was still working off extensions, it was 20. 

- To be honest, I liked multiple choice tests the most. They were very well presented, and required full focus and honesty. You were given a PDF, and you had to fill out your answers in an electronic answer sheet. That was it. I liked this the most because I got to study for a day or two, put my effort and focus into the test, and then see how I did when it was graded a day or two later. I also liked the format of the FRQs assigned throughout the year. You were given a PDF, but instead of an answer sheet, you got a Webassign electronic version of the FRQ to study from once you were finished. You inputed all your answers, and the ones that you made mistakes on you got to correct based off of the hints that popped up when you made a mistake in the electronic FRQ. I found both of these methods very useful to me, as they really helped me keep my focus and learn the information. 

- I can't say anything about my future career yet, but I certainly am more interested in the subject. I'm still a freshman and I have very little idea as to where my interests lie. However, I can say that I started AP Chemistry very badly, struggling on all of the tests, not understanding any of the information, and filling up teacher's inboxes with help requests. I had taken chemistry before, but the way the year started, I might have well have just picked it up. However, by the end of the year, Chemistry had become one of my favorite subjects, because I understood the basic... flow of how it worked. I knew how to study it, and I was very familiar with how to solve problems I did not know the answer to. Would I consider a career in Chemistry? I don't know, but I certainly would consider it, based off of my experiences this year. 

- The way we communicated on this class was through a "google groups" program. I did find this form of communications valueable because, instead of having a website forum that is very easy to forget, not visit, or ignore, you were sent emails every time someone posted in the google group. So, if I was wondering how the heck I was supposed to solve some problem about electrochemistry, I could just look at my email, and bam there was some question from some student that at least related to electrochemistry. Even if it wasn't about the same problem, I would still read it, and then already be on the google groups page to post my own question. Overall it was very useful and convenient. 

- I would say that anyone who is resilient can pass this class. If you are willing to take hits to your pride (what you thought you knew of Chemistry), your time (even 10 hours a week is a decent bit of time), and your patience (I'm a very cool person, but I became very regularly frustrated throughout this course), you can be successful in this class. Also, you have to be willing to ask questions. I don't care how good you think you are in Chemistry, but unless you've gone through college chemistry already, you are going to run into questions you simply have no idea how to answer. Mr. Moskaluk and his TAs were very encouraging and helpful, I would have spontaneously combusted without their help. So, to conclude, I would encourage anyone willing to be resilient and ask questions to take this class. Even though I struggled through it, it taught me a LOT of things, and left me much more aware of how focused I should be when working, versus how much time I need to spend working. 

 

Just to end my review, I'd like to thank Mr. Moskaluk and all of the TAs for their help this year. I made many mistakes throughout the year, in both study habits and planning, but they showed me a lot of consideration and were genuinely helpful to me, even when the problem I couldn't solve was an easy solution that I was obviously overthinking. If you're going to take this class, be ready for a firestorm of difficulty in the beginning, but remember that Mr. Moskaluk and his TAs are there to help you, and you can most certainly do it, if you are willing to slog through it. Eventually the sea of mud turns to a paved road, if I could pull this year off, anybody could. 


Parent Review- CHEM ADVANTAGE posted by Moira Novack on May 29 2012 at 17:01:06

As a homeschoooling parent I have used 9 different online providers. I am very careful when choosing online courses and do quite a bit of research before commiting to one. I read a lot about Chem Advantage but none of what I read or heard about this course prepared me for the most shocking part about it. On top of providing a truly complete, rigorous, and interesting currciulum Mr. Moskaluk and his team are literally willing to assist students nearly 24 hours a day. My son found this class particularily challenging. He had many questions and needed quite a bit of extra help. He could ask a question at 11 pm on a week night or 8 am on a Sunday or anytime in between and I can't recall a single time he waited more than an hour for a detailed, helpful, response.  Often the responses were nearly immediate. The dedication and sincerity of Mr. Moskaluk and his team of assistant teachers served these students beyond any reasonable expectation. I could not laud their effort in higher terms. They were great, beyond great!

The work load is immense but countered by the fact that it is organized perfectly, builds systematically and manages to be engaging. There is no busy or passive work assignments and no wasted time. Every single week was a challenge but the curriculum, the efficiency of the computer programs and the team manages to help the student not get overwhelmed or too frustrated. Every tool is readily available to the student who is willing to work hard. I have not seen the AP test result yet and although they matter to me and my student nothing will change the fact that he learned a tremendous amount. He has never learned so much from one class.

The course will demand at least 10 hours a week (for us it was much more). The entire course is so fined tuned that I would have to rank every important factor with the highest possible rating. I have never done that before! I expected Mr. Moskaluk to provide a good course based on my research but I was absolutely shocked by his sincere dedication to the success of the student. He and his team do every single thing in their power to help the students succeed. This is by far the most dedicated teaching team available. The materials provided are organized, complete and easy to use. If you have a student willing work hard (dedicating not just time but real focused effort). This is not a course for the lackluster student!  I recommend and endorse this course and this team with the most enthusiasm and encouragement possible. You will end the year very proud knowing your student did an incredibly amount of learning. Best of luck!


AP Chemistry Review posted by Anatole Wiering on May 26 2012 at 17:45:44

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes, I felt quite prepared. The assignments, practices, and multiple choice tests really helped out on the multiple choice section on the exam. Even more important, Mr. Moskaluk had more than 30 FRQ assignments for us to work on in the course. Those were especially helpful to me on the FRQ section.

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

I usually spent about 1.5-2 hours a day, around 12-14 hours a week.

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

The Labs were one of my favorite, especially the ones involving reactions. As I mentioned before, Mr. Moskaluk had a lot of FRQ practice questions and quizzes. Those were especially valuable to me. Without those I would've done terrible on the FRQ section. I also liked the fact that he has so many practice questions, it really drills the material into you. Without those practice questions I probably wouldn't have gone very far. I tried the Chemistry book before I started the class, and it made no sense to me. With Mr. Moskaluk's outlines, the material became a lot clearer and easy to understand.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

No, it hasn't enhanced my intresest, but it has satisified the curiosities I had about chemistry. One of the fun things to do is taking an everyday process and seeing how chemistry applies to it.

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Mr. Moskaluk has a email study group set up for the students, where students can ask questions and talk about subjects with other students, the T.A.s, and Mr. Moskaluk. It was very helpful, and just reading questions that I understood already was interesting, to see what other students do to solve the problem.

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

The course is definitely not easy. It's time consuming, but those who are curious about chemistry or like learning about science should take this course. If you aren't willing to work hard, I wouldn't take the course. I loved the course and learning about chemistry.


AP Chemistry review posted by Michael Thompson on May 24 2012 at 19:09:57

This is a great course! Mr. Moskaluk quickly answered all of my questions and was very patient with me if I didn't understand something the first time. The assignments, quizzes, and tests were all extremely applicable to the AP exam and they really prepared me for the exam. The class is challenging enough to make chemistry interesting, but not frustrating. The amount of time I put into the course varied a lot, but it would probably average out to about 7-8 hours a week. We finished the textbook fairly early which gave us a lot of time to do practice AP tests. Overall, this is a great class which will prepare you really well for the AP test. 


AP Chemistry Class Review posted by Abby Bray on May 24 2012 at 13:58:38

Dear Prospective AP Chem students, 

Mr. Moskaluk's class is awesome! It is certainly not easy, but the challenge is well worth it. Mr. Moskaluk is great at answering questions, explaining difficult concepts, and giving helpful tips. He has obviously done an incredible amount of research on the AP Chem Exam, and the advice and preparation he gave was invaluable. We were practicing for the exam within the first month of class!

There is a fair bit of flexiblilty with the schedule, but it works well for homeschoolers. I never worked more than 2 or 3 hours per day for this class, but I did have to work on the weekends somewhat.

We had an amazing google stude group, where we could ask questions and share advice. I really felt like I got to know other students in the class this way, and also found a lot of help with tricky concepts.

I am interested in medicine, and this course has encouraged me in pursuing that career. The at-home labs, while sometimes time-consuming, were interesting and helpful for understanding the more theoretical concepts in a physical manner. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in the sciences and looking for a challenging, enjoyable course. 


AP Chemistry Review posted by Megan Meyer on May 24 2012 at 01:23:20

Did you feel the course prepared you for AP exam?

Yes, the WedAssigns and Mr. Moskaluk's handouts were extremely helpful. They were the best form of memorization for me. Whenever I finished the WebAssign Assignments for the following week I knew I had a clearer understanding of the present concept. I could tell the knowledge was being ingrained in my mind rather than just being memorized for a short period. Also, the MC questions were very helpful! They were asked in the same format as the AP exam so it helped me become familiar with the different ways the exam addressed each concept. It made me feel more confident about being able to answer most of the questions within the time limit. :)

How many hours per week did you generally put into the course?

I usually put about 12 hrs a week into this course. The labs took more time for me to complete. But they were worth the time. I espically enjoyed the labs relating to electrolysis and titration.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Yes! Before I took this class I had taken a general chemistry course. This course was more indepth and it explained the reasoning behind the concepts which made memorization easier. I am considering taking advanced science courses in college, and I am certain this course has well prepared me for that.  

What sort of students would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students(if they are willing to work hard)?

I would recommend this course. :) I definitely leared a lot from it and feel confident that it gave me a solid chemistry foundation.  Anyone who does not put things off to the last minute and can pace themselves will probably do well in this course. All of the assignments for the week are posted at the same time, and it is up to the student to pace themselves accordingly.


AP Chemistry Review posted by Julia C on May 23 2012 at 23:20:52

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes, definitely!  Mr. Moskaluk had us do many MC tests and Free Response Questions throughout the year as we learned each different topic.  When we started review, I was really worried that I would have to go back and relearn everything from the beginning of the year, but I discovered that most of the concepts were very solidly in my head already.  Of course, I did have to review some things in depth and make sure I remembered details.  But it was not the painful process I had envisioned.

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

Probably about 8-10.  It was a lot of work, especially reading through the chapters.  Definitely keep Mr. Moskaluk's outlines with you as you read.  He highlights the details, points out things you don't need to read, and often explains concepts more clearly than Chang (at least in my opinion).  He often includes helpful flowcharts and diagrams, and offers helpful tips for remembering confusing but important facts.

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

Not in particular, although I did find that I really enjoy organic chemistry.  Overall, I really found every assignment to be valuable.  Many times I would read through the chapter and outline and only understand things about halfway.  Then I work through the assignment and, by the end, understand what I was doing much more thoroughly.  When you make an error in an assignment, he usually shows you immediately and allows you to redo it, which is very helpful: not only do you know you are doing something wrong, but you can figure out the right way with a little trial and error!

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

I had some ups and downs.  I loved high school Chemistry in 10th grade.  This course was much harder and, at times, I didn't feel like doing it.  *However!* By the end, I really did love it.  And, although I was glad to have the exam behind me, I felt a bit of a let down when I realized that meant no more frantic Chemistry studying. :)  I have chosen a major in college that will definitely include Chemistry, and this course solidified that I will enjoy the Chem classes my future holds in store for me.  I feel well-prepared and excited for more Chemistry!

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Yes!  My one regret about this course is that I did not make further use of the Chemistry study group we had on Google Groups.  I wish that I had taken a little more time to involve myself in that.  Whenever I had a question, students, TAs, and Mr. Moskaluk raced to give me the answers I needed - and I always fully understood my problem after hearing what they had to say!  If you are taking this course, please do use the study group a lot: both asking and answering questions.  It will help you along in your understanding and you will have more camaraderie, instead of feeling you are doing the class on your own.

What sort of student would do well in this course?  Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

I would definitely recommend this to a student ready to take on the challenge!  You have to be independent enough that you can spread a week's assignments out.  If you procrastinate, you will have a very crazy, Chem-y weekend.  You should be ready to do a lot of reading and working on your own.  But the setup of the class is very good, and you will have easy access to help when you need it.  I felt well-prepared for the test without having to do a lot of outside test-prep.  Mr. Moskaluk prepared us all very well through the assignments he gave us.  I don't have my AP score yet, but I felt very good about the test.  I hope you will consider taking this course!  I highly doubt you would regret it. :)


Review--AP Chemistry posted by Michelle Kim on June 04 2011 at 19:52:04

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes, completely. By the end of the course, I had truly learned the concepts, not just memorized patterns.

 

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

About 8-10 hours per week maximum.

 

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

No, I don't have any favorite assignments. However, each assingment was important. Usually I would be a little confused after reading the chapter, but each assignment helped to clarify the concepts learned. There is no busy work -- I kept learning as I completed the assignment.

 

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Yes. I disliked chemistry before taking this course. It seemed to be random rules that didn't make much sense. Mr. Moskaluk has taught us the logic behind chemistry and I enjoyed learning it!

 

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Yes, immensely. Since it is an online course, the online correspondance proved to be priceless; often other students had similar questions.

 

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

You don't have to love chemistry to do well -- and learn a ton -- in this course. If you are willing to work hard, think, and learn, I would whole-heartedly recommend it. It is rare to find such an amazing teacher as Mr. Moskaluk.


A (long) review for a flat-out amazing course posted by Georgia Murray on May 28 2011 at 16:00:30

Hey prospective AP Chemers!  Okay, this is yet another review for Mr. Moskaluk's awesome class....

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

I’m a freshman and this was my first AP, so I was pretty nervous.  I could not have been more prepared.  Period.  We took past MC's and FRQ's like our lives depended on it, and we did a couple of full tests too to build stamina.  I consistently scored secure fives on the practice exams, and while I don't know what I got on the actual exam, I'm not worried.  Although geared to the AP, the focus of the class is understanding, and Mr. Moskaluk also prepared us for the SAT 2 and the Chemistry Olympiad (for those of us who were interested).  I just learned that I got an 800 on the SAT 2.  I also took the Olympiad, which really helped me when the AP came around.


How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

Hmm, I'm not really sure...Maybe 10 hours a week, counting labs.  Probably less in the beginning but about that toward the end.  In March/April I was also studying for the Chemistry Olympiad, so that was another reason I spent more time with chem.  The assignments *never* contain busy work, but they are time consuming and the text is really dense.  I would suggest spending a decent amount of time with each text reading to make sure that you understand the topic and aren't just plugging in equations. Also, READ THE CHAPTERS WITH MR. MOSKALUK’S OUTLINES IN HAND!!!  They are MUCH easier to understand than Chang (the text), and are a nice, condensed version of the material.


Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

Not in particular; all the homework helped a lot with understanding.  Sometimes after reading Chang (our text), I would be ridiculously confused.  But I’d trudge through the homework and by the end, I didn’t usually have any questions at all.  The lectures by Chem Guy (his actual name was Rod Lederer, I think…) were hysterical and helpful, and really made the class fun.  The labs are not wimpy or uninteresting at all.  We did precipitation, titration, calorimetry, and (my personal favorite) electrolysis, among others.  But be warned, the labs take a lot of time!


Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Well, I was already pretty interested in chemistry coming into this course, but yes, this course did increase my interest.  I hope to do something with chemistry in college (maybe chemical engineering), and regardless of what I take for science next year, I plan to keep doing a little chemistry on the side at least.


Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Absolutely!  This year we used a Google Group, and that might have been the single most helpful part of the course, excluding Mr. Moskaluk’s outlines.  Besides getting quick and thorough responses both from other students and from Mr. Moskaluk, answering other students’ questions really helped me to grasp the concepts more completely.  I would definitely suggest a lot of participation in the group.


What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

Any student who is willing to work hard will do well in this course.  Some previous knowledge of chemistry might be helpful, but I only had one year of middle-school chemistry coming into this course and did just fine.  Some of the concepts are pretty abstract, but Mr. Moskaluk provided handouts and outlines of the chapters that were really helpful and explained things in concrete terms.

So…my final advice would be just to read the text and the handouts, work the problems, and ask any questions you may have.  If you do that, Mr. Moskaluk will steer you to a great year; I promise.  Oh, and about a week or two before the AP, start reading through the outlines again.  That helped me a lot as a quick, easy review.

Have fun!


I loved this class! posted by Stephina Didde on May 21 2011 at 23:14:51

Hello, prospective AP Chem students! :-)

     Here's a little about the course itself. AP Chemistry is a very difficult course; all the laws and little exceptions may be a bit hard to grasp at first, though once you have them down, everything becomes easier to understand. One thing's for sure: you do NOT want to take this course without having taken highschool chemistry first. As it is, the material is pretty tough, and you would have to have some background in the subject before you start. Also, I would not suggest this course if it'll be your first AP course. The workload can be overwhelming. But if you're willing to work really hard and have taken highschool chemistry, then go for it!

    I really enjoyed working through AP Chem with Mr. Moskaluk. His method is always thorough and AP-exam-targeted. Never did we cover a subject without learning its significance with relation to the AP Exam. As to the workload, it was heavy at times, but the constant drilling and practice proved invaluable on the real exam. By test time, I felt quite well-prepared.

   As to Mr. Moskaluk himself, he is a very patient and dedicated teacher, always ready to clear doubts and answer questions. I remember one Saturday when I sent him a question. Mr. Moskaluk had spent all day composing handouts for the coming week, but he still took the time to respond immediately.

   I guess I could go on and tell you about all the fun labs, the invaluable practice exams, WebAssign, and all the other little treats about this course -- but perhaps it would be best to let you discover them for yourself! I hope you'll enjoy it all as much as I did!


If you want a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam... posted by Allyson Lim on May 18 2011 at 22:24:48

...You should take this course!  I felt that this class really equipped me well for the AP Chemistry exam.  Generally speaking, I spent roughly 5-8 hours a week on the assignments (depending on how well I understood the particular concept that was being taught that week).  However, if I didn’t understand something, Mr. Moskaluk was very helpful in answering any question I had about chemistry and would guide me through problems that I had no idea how to answer.  I really liked and appreciated the outlines that Mr. Moskaluk prepared for each chapter of the chem book.  These outlines were extremely helpful in summarizing the topics in each chapter, highlighting what was or was not important for the AP exam, and explaining the concepts a little deeper.  Also, Mr. Moskaluk gave us many practice FRQs and MCQs to do as assignments.  Doing these FRQs and MCQs gave me an idea of how well I understood the various chemistry concepts and was extremely valuable in preparation for the AP exam.  I also liked the chemistry cartoons periodically posted on the chem site.  The cartoons probably didn’t contribute much to my chemistry knowledge, but I did get some good laughs out of some of them. :D

If you’re thinking about taking this course, don’t be afraid to ask Mr. Moskaluk and your fellow classmates for help.  The help you get from others will only benefit you and help you understand chemistry better.  Overall, this was an extremely valuable course, and if you take it, I’m sure you’ll do great on the AP Chemistry exam. =)  


The BEST Course You will Ever Take posted by Dakota Bottomlee on May 18 2011 at 13:34:49

Let me start by saying that this is the best course that I have ever taken.  I learned more in the first couple of months in AP Chemistry that I learned in a whole year of Honors Chemistry.  This is a very rigorous course that took my chemistry comprehension to a whole different level. Mr. Moskaluk is an amazing teacher.  He has a way of explaining complicated topics in a way that everyone can understand it.  Whenever I had a question, Mr. Moskaluk always responed very quickly.  Not only did Mr. Moskaluk give great instruction, but he also took time out of his busy schedule to write me recommendation letters for different programs that I applied to. Mr. Moskaluk really cares about his students, and that care shows in his instruction.

Do I feel the course prepared me for the AP exam?

How many hours of work per day or per week did I generally put into the course?

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that I found especially valuable?

Did the course enhance my interest in the subject?

Did I find my communication with the other students to be interesting or valuable?

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would I recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?


The BEST Course You will Ever Take posted by Dakota Bottomlee on May 18 2011 at 12:35:38

Let me start by saying that this best course that I have ever taken.  I learned more in the first couple months of AP Chemistry than I learned in the whole year of Honors Chemistry.  This is a very rigorous course that took my chemistry comprehension to a whole different level.  Mr. Moskaluk is an amazing teacher.  He has a way of explaining complicated topics in a way that everyone can understand it.  Whenever I had a question, Mr. Moskaluk always responded very quickly.  Not only did Mr. Moskaluk give great instruction, but he also took time out of his busy schedule to write me recommendation letters for summer programs that I applied to attend.  Mr. Moskaluk really cares about his students, and that care shows in his instruction.

 

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

 

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

 

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

 

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

 

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

 

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

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The BEST Course You will Ever Take posted by Dakota Bottomlee on May 18 2011 at 01:21:44

Let me start by saying that this best course that I have ever taken.  I learned more in the first couple months of AP Chemistry than I learned in the whole year of Honors Chemistry.  This is a very rigorous course that took my chemistry comprehension to a whole different level.  Mr. Moskaluk is an amazing teacher.  He has a way of explaining complicated topics in a way that everyone can understand it.  Whenever I had a question, Mr. Moskaluk always responded very quickly.  Not only did Mr. Moskaluk give invaluable instruction, but he also took time out of his busy schedule to write me recommendation letters for programs that I applied to attend.  He really cares about the students in his class, and that care really shows in his instruction.

 

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

 

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

 

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

 

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

 

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

 

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

 

 


Take AP Chemistry! posted by Constance Chan on May 13 2011 at 01:03:27

-Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

-Yes, I felt pretty confident the day of the exam. Thanks to this course, I was much more prepared than some of the public school friends I know!

-Hiow many hours of work per day did you generally put into the course?

-I usually put in 2 hours a day, but I would put in more studying time the month before the exam.

-Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

-Doing the practice AP tests were extremely valuable assignments- they really gave me a feel for what was coming up in the actual exam. Lab work was very interesting as well.

-Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

-YES. I initially took this course just to get credit, but in the end I realized that it had made me so much more interested in science than I had been. I'm a very poetry-and-fine-arts minded person, so science doesn't usually appeal to me. By the end of the year, however, I was making geeky chemistry jokes and having fun with it.

-Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

-Yes, the study group was extremely helpful.

-What sort of student would do well in this course?

-To do well, you would have to work hard at finishing assignments on time, as well as trying to get your mind around some difficult concepts. At first, I had some difficulty in understanding concepts such as acids and bases, quantum numbers, and complexes, but if you really try to do your best, you'll be fine.

 

I really recommend this course to other students. Mr. Moskaluk is such a great teacher, and even if you're not interested in science right now, you will be! ;]


Mr. Moskaluk's Outstanding AP Chemistry Course posted by Philip Bonneville on May 12 2011 at 18:14:02

Definitely!  I have taken three other AP courses up to this point, but none of their exam preparations even compared to this course’s.  Mr. Moskaluk assigned nearly 100 free response questions and more than 1000 multiple choice questions.  With this sort of preparation, nearly ever AP Chemistry alumnus should be able to score of 5 on the exam (or even a 6 if a new category were added at the top).

Additionally, Mr. Moskaluk is very familiar with the sort of information tested on the exam.  For each section of the textbook we studied, Mr. Moskaluk provided several pages of studying tips to allow students to better focus on material that would most likely be covered on the exam.

 

Excluding labs, I generally spent 3-6 hours a week for this course (with the higher end later in the year when there were more timed assignments in preparation for the AP exam).  Each lab (there were twenty, high-quality ones in total) took me between 90 and 120 minutes.  However, I have heard that some students spent much more time on this course; the time required really depends on the amount of previous familiarity you have with the material and the rate at which you grasp new concepts.

 

Just about all the assignments were extremely valuable.  Personally, I found the numerous Free Response Questions very useful, as I have trouble hand-writing quickly.  These practice assignments forced me to make up for that struggle with an extensive and flexible knowledge of the material.

 

Probably not.  However, that is not at all Mr. Moskaluk’s fault.  I went into the course enjoying chemistry less than mathematics and came out the same way.  But that fact is entirely attributable to my extreme love of mathematics.  If anything would have made chemistry my favorite subject, it would probably have been Mr. Moskaluk’s fantastic course.

 

From what I have read of reviews from previous years, Mr. Moskaluk keeps increasing and improving student-student interactions.  He set up a Google study group for answering chemistry questions.  Very often, after a student posted a question, a fellow student would answer it before Mr. Moskaluk could, and he would write something like, “I was starting to respond to your question, but ____ gave an explanation I couldn’t improve on.  Very good analysis ____.”  Of course, Mr. Moskaluk was also very approachable and willing to answer any question directly asked him.

 

With Mr. Moskaluks excellent explanations, as well as the lectures by another instructor he gives students access to, any student willing to put in the necessary work would do well in this course.   I would definitely recommend this outstanding course.


Amazing Course! posted by Matthew Nyhus on May 12 2011 at 18:00:45

This was my first AP course, and I have to say, I was a little nervous at first.  However, the experience was totally worth it!

Firstly, the course was very well organized, with little to no bugs on the website.  (I find that to be really important for online courses.)  Also, Mr. Moskaluk was very understanding with due dates, giving me time to catch up because I started the course late.  That being said, it was still a difficult course, requiring hours and hours of time a week and lots of dedication.

Overall, the course definitely succeeded in preparing me for the AP chem test, and in the process was fascinating and engaging.  It was an amazing course, and would definetely recommend this course to anyone willing to put in the time to learn a difficult subject.


Great class! posted by Hannah Huynh on May 12 2011 at 15:31:33

I really liked AP chem with Mr. Moskaluk.  The class moved at a moderate pace, so it was easy to keep up!  The work load was not overbearing, and Mr. Moskaluk was always ready to help when I had any questions.

I was very prepared for the exam for I had conquered every previous FRQ and answered hundreds of MCQs.  However, I do want to say that chemistry is one of my favorite subjects, so it came very easily to me.

I spent around five hours a week during the year, and around six hours when the exams got near.  I honestly did not feel like I put that much time into the class, but that is mostly because I picked up on the chemistry concepts rather fast.

The assignments I found most valuable were the practice MCQs and FRQs that Mr. Moskaluk gave us when we neared the exam.  This really gave me a perspective on how the exam will be and what I will approximately score.

This course did enhance my interest in chemistry, for I realized that this subject is one of my strongest.

I liked the communication system Mr. Moskaluk set up for the students.  When we had a problem, we would just post it on a board, and another one of our classmates could help us out.  It definitely helps when another student explains it to you because he/she tends to use easier, more comprehendable words in comparison to the textbook.

 

Honestly, I believe this course was rather easy to me because I am so strong in chemistry.  But, I still believe any student can conquerer this course, he/she just needs the initiative to ask Mr. Moskaluk or his/her classmates for help.  There is nothing in this course that would prohibit someone for excelling.  I would recommend this course for all students, especially science whizs like me.  :)


Awesome class!!!!! posted by Hannah Pawelczyk on May 25 2010 at 24:01:39

Hi Propspective AP Chem students,

I couldn't recommend this class more.  Mr. Moskaluk is a fantastic teacher that is always available to answer questions or explain difficult concepts.  His class is very well organized, and I really liked the set-up online.  Also, the website WebAssign where you do your chemistry homework is easy to use.

I definitely felt very well prepared for the AP exam.  In fact, I don't think that there is any other class around that would prepare you better (given that you do the work).

I really enjoyed taking AP Chem, and it is both a rewarding and very challenging course.  I put about 10 - 12+ hours a week into the course. 

If you are dedicated and willing to work hard, you will do well in this class and be happy that you took it.  I highly recommend this class!

Hannah


A tough but absolutely fabulous course posted by Elisha Keenan on May 23 2010 at 04:38:28

I should start out by saying that I took this course last school year (2008-2009).  For some reason I forgot to write a review then, so I am now making up for lost time.

One word of warning:  If this is your first AP course you will be amazed by the workload, and you will also be spoiled rotten by the end of the course and think other AP classes are quite unimpressive.

So this course is tough -- really tough.  I spent 2-3 (usually 3) hours a day 5-6 days a week on it not counting labs and occasionally getting stuck on something.   But it is absolutely, totally and completely worth it.  By the time you complete the course, you understand chemistry at a level that is simply amazing.  Even a good high school chem course really just teaches you how to work chemistry related math problems.  This course teaches you the why and the how and that’s when chemistry gets fun. 

Another thing about this course is the teacher.  One time I sent Mr. Moskaluk a question on Christmas day.  Despite the fact that Mr. Moskaluk was away from home visiting and didn't have access to his usual student inquiry response accounts, he still answered my question the same day.  I don't know of any other teacher who would even check if a student had sent them a question on Christmas day.  Mr. Moskaluk on the other hand, went online, found a website that had a video explaining the answer to my question and then sent me the link and a detailed email telling me how to go about solving the problem.  You just aren’t going to find a better teacher than Mr. Moskaluk.  Now Mr. Moskaluk does have a tendency to work his students pretty hard, and I for one was tempted to complain about it.  But when I sat down to the test I realized that there was a reason why the workload was so heavy – an “easy” AP chem course will get you a flunking grade on the exam.

And then the labs.  They were simply great.  Quite a few home school science programs really don't cut it when it comes to labs.  The lab component of this course, however, had us doing real labs.  No “add food coloring to water and watch it spread.”  Instead we actually did college level labs at home.  Furthermore, Mr. Moskaluk was willing to work with individual students who wanted to expand to other more complex experiments.  I personally took great advantage of this and kept asking Mr. Moskaluk questions about ideas I had for experiments long after the course was over.  In fact, I will probably continue to do so through college.  The great thing is that Mr. Moskaluk doesn’t just dump you after May 12th.  He’s still more than happy to help you figure out questions even though he is teaching a new batch of AP chem students.  Dedicated is an understatement.

Finally, the AP prep component of this course was simply without a par.  By the time you sat down to take the test you had done so much practice that it was almost impossible for there to be any surprises.  Without meaning any offence to my classmates, if you didn’t get a five you could rest assured that it was entirely your fault.

By now you probably think that I am a somewhat romantic AP Chem alumni who is nostalgic about my favorite AP course.  Regardless of whether that is the case, what I say really is true – if you doubt me sign up and see for yourself!


If you're wondering what AP Chemistry course to take, TAKE THIS ONE!!! posted by Ruth-Anne McLendon on May 17 2010 at 11:46:36

I have always loved science, but this course went above and beyond my other courses for several reasons:

- Our wonderful teacher Mr. Moskaluk: My previous experiences with online teachers haven't been that great - they were hard to get in contact with, they didn't put out a great effort in grading, and they didn't really answer my questions. I wasn't sure what to expect this year, especially since it is a science class with labs, but I was really impressed! Mr. Moskaluk is a great teacher - he will make sure that you understand everything, and answer your all questions (even if you are like me and send him gazillions of questions). He wrote outlines to go with the textbook chapters that are very helpful - they clarify/prioritize/explain the topics in the chapters. And he puts a ton of effort into grading free response questions and other problems so that you understand what you need to improve. 

- WebAssign: WebAssign is the website where all the assignments are completed - it's really nice because it's set up in a way that you submit answers to exercise questions individually, and it grades them automatically. If you didn't get it correct the first time, you have several more chances to try again. I found this very helpful because it allowed me to keep working on a problem until I got it right. 

I would highly recommend this course to anyone. I think it really prepared me for the AP test, partially because of the depth and breadth of material covered in the course, and partially because of the tons and tons and tons and tons (okay, you get the picture) of free response questions and multiple choices questions that we did in preparation for the test. As well as several full-length AP tests from previous years. It's not easy - I spent between 1 and 3 hours per day working on the material - but if you take it, you are not going to be struggling through it without help. 

So, as I said before, if you are wondering what AP Chemistry course to take, TAKE THIS ONE!!!!!


BEST AP CHEMISTRY PREPARATION YOU ARE GOING TO GET PERIOD posted by Nathaniel Pawelczyk on May 17 2010 at 09:04:15

There are AP Courses.  And then there are AP Courses Taught By Mr. Moskaluk To Ensure That You Do Awesomely On The AP Test Period.  I would totally recommend this class!  I really enjoyed it.

 

I feel that this course 100000000% prepared me for the AP exam. We did tons of MC and FRQ tests that gave us great practice.
About 2 hours per day.
Some labs were interesting, and the course material was generally intriguing.
Yes, sometimes I did chemistry experiments for fun!
If you want to get a great AP Chemistry score but are willing to work for it, take this class!  It is totally worth the work.


A.P. Chem Review posted by Dorrit Zeigler on May 14 2010 at 10:16:14

My experience with A.P. Chem was one of those love-hate relationships you always see between people in those cheesy romance movies. :P I have always been the type to be able to get straight A's without even trying. So going into this course, I thought it would be easy. I will warn you now, it wasn't easy. For a while, because of that my grades in this course suffered. But once I learned that you have to try harder in order to challenge yourself, and not just get a good grade, they started to go back up again. A grade is just a letter or number. Sure it does mean something, but what you actually learn is more valuable than that. This course taught me to do my best even if my best was better than an A or B.

Mr. Moskaluk is an amazing teacher. If I were him, I would have probably dropped myself from the course around mid-November (haha). Mr. Moskaluk never gave up on me and encouraged me to do better. Therefore, if you are a drama queen/king who loves student/teacher rivalry there will be none. So sad for you. :D

So around mid-April, I had about a million of makeup assignments to do. And it was only 3-4 weeks from the exam. With Mr. Moskaluk's help and pulling a dozen all-nighters, the day of the exam came. And you know what? I actually felt prepared. I don't know if I got a 5. Chances are, I didn't. But that's my fault.

So, if you're thinking of taking this course, go ahead, take it. But know it's not all roses, cookies, cake, etc. It's going to require a lot of hard work. You have to be willing to give it.


AP Chemistry rocks! posted by Mark Heimann on May 13 2010 at 14:20:40

Although I've pretty much tended to do well in "mathy" subjects throughout school, I admit I was somewhat nervous about taking on AP Chemistry in my junior year.  First, I never really considered myself an experimental sciences sort of person--my first-year chemistry and physics courses as a sophomore had done a little to overcome my aversion to them, but still, we're not talking overflowing love here.  Which was sort of odd since I liked math, but there you have it.  The other thing is, I had heard some horror stories about the AP exam from friends of mine who had taken it at a local homeschool co-op. Plus, I wasn't sure how a purely online course, without any lectures or class labs or anything, would work.  On the bright side, I had read some of Mr. Moskaluk's credentials, and they were impressive, both as a chemist and as a teacher.  

And, I would say that having taken the class I can see why Mr. Moskaluk earned all the credentials that he did.  Although there were no lectures, the class outlines were great--thorough enough to actually be helpful, not too detail-packed so as to be practically a rewrite of the textbook.  There were enough problems to help students become comfortable with the concept, but not so many that they became just busy work (which is good because I don't like busy work, as I'm sure most students don't).  If I asked a question about an assignment or concept using the "Ask Your Teacher" button, Mr. Moskaluk would always get back to me with a helpful response amazingly quickly.  (The record time was 12 minutes after I asked the question!)  Just in general, he really went above and beyond with student help.  Once, we scanned in answers to some free response questions that dealt with the material we were covering.  For each student, Mr. Moskaluk made a video of him grading the FRQ and explaining his thought-process through--why he took off points where he did, etc.  My dad, who is himself a teaching-award-winning professor at a Tier 1 university (so I have exposure to good teachers!), was quite impressed with this, I must say.  

Moreover, not only did the outlines and assignments help me learn the material, but they also helped me study effectively for the exam.  I liked reading stuff like, "Every exam in the past 15 years has asked about ___, so know it!" or "Don't bother with ___; they haven't tested students on it since 1991", and many more test-taking tips.  Five full-length tests meant that I felt comfortable that I knew what was coming when I actually took the test.  I took five AP exams this year.  Ironically, I feel more comfortable about my performance on AP Chemistry than on either AP Calc BC or AP Statistics, which I also took.  (Not that I'm necessarily going to become a chemist instead of an economist or a statistician--although who knows?--but as far as test prep is concerned, I think that this course made all the difference.)  I don't know if I got a 5, although I'm at least feeling fairly optimistic.  If I didn't, however, I have absolutely no one to blame but myself!  (I told this to my mom a few months before the exam, actually.)  

The other great thing was, I didn't have to wreck my schedule by spending several hours a day cramming for the exam.  I don't have hard numbers, unfortunately, but I would estimate (I'm not the greatest estimator, but hopefully it'll be fairly accurate) that I probably spent five to seven hours a week total reading the textbook and outlines, doing labs, and completing assignments.  Your mileage may vary, of course, and someone else will probably post on how he/she got A+'s working two hours a week, and another person saying how he/she had to bring the textbook to the movie theater to get some studying in.  Again, I think an efficient course helps quite a bit in prepping adequately (or, actually, far more than adequately in this case) while keeping the workload manageable.  

So, if you haven't guessed, I would highly recommend this course to most people.  If someone absolutely can't stand chemistry, then maybe he/she shouldn't take this or any other AP Chemistry course.  Then again, I didn't exactly love chemistry, and still wouldn't say it's my altogether favorite subject (sorry Mr. Moskaluk!), but I enjoyed the course and even the subject matter far more than I had thought I would.  Also, with no live lectures, students have to pace themselves somewhat more than in a traditional classroom.  I will say I sometimes ended up doing all my due-Monday assignments on Thursday, Friday, or even later, and that's one thing I would not recommend.  :D  With all that said, if neither of these are a concern for a potential student, then I would wholeheartedly recommend this course. I'm not an exactly effervescent person if you know what I mean, but if you could say I have ever raved about a class I've taken, this one would be it.  Now I have to work at convincing some of my friends to drop out of public school so that they can take this course (I mean, they'll thank me later...)

If you're a student, your reading this far probably means you are interested in chemistry and are fairly motivated about your education (at least, enough that you've suffered through my rambling writing), so do yourself a huge favor and go sign up!  


Great Class posted by Randall Kidd on June 02 2009 at 11:27:26

I think the thousands(6,000+, seriously) of AP questions we did in this course speaks volumes for how challenging it was and how well-prepared we were for the AP exam. Despite all the attention to the exam, Mr. Moskaluk made sure the focus was on understanding the subject.


A great AP Chem course posted by Richard Clark on May 30 2009 at 02:57:33

I really enjoyed this chemistry course. While it was very challenging, it was compregensive, beautifully put together, and prepared me excelently for the AP exam. There were no surprises in the exam, and no topics that hadn't been covered. I feel that I have grown a great deal academically, and the knowledge I have gained gives me new insight and appreciation for what's behind the many seemingly ordinary things that occur around me daily. I think that any student who is willing to work hard and keep pushing him/her self will find this course highly rewarding. I highly recommend it.


Great Class for Hard Workers! posted by Katherine Leclair on May 28 2009 at 11:43:36

Overall I think the course is excellent and very challenging. I think students if interested in taking the class should be prepared to devote a decent amount of time to studying; it's not a class one can do the night the stuff is due. I tried to spend about two hours per day on the class. I particularly enjoyed performing the labs, Mr. Moskaluk provided a complete lab kit for each student and it provided invaluable experience. Mr. Moskaluk's love for chemistry was infectious, while I went into the class unsure about how interested I was in the subject, I left the class planning on taking chemistry again in college. I enjoyed talking to several other people in class, but chemistry is not a very cooperative driven course. I would definitely recommend this class to any students who are willing to work hard, and devote time to a challenging subject.


Highly Recommended posted by Sarah Piraino on May 27 2009 at 20:47:36

This course covers the concepts you need for the exam thoroughly and clearly. It is challenging at times, but Mr. Moskaluk replies to questions quickly with great explanations. He is a witty and helpful teacher. The concepts covered in the textbook, the practice questions, the reviewing, and practice exams gave me confidence walking into the exam.

This course is for a student who is willing to work hard and can dedicate 2-3 hours per day. Even if your passion is not for the sciences, this course will give you a new appreciation for that field which will come in handy for college. It definitely spurred an interest in me. The labs were fun; working with actual chemicals and lab instruments was a great experience. My siblings still call me ‘Frankensteina’ as a result of my chemistry work in our kitchen! I am considering a major in something chemistry related as a result of my experience in this course. I truly enjoyed the course and would like to give a big 'thank you' to Mr. Moskaluk for giving me an appreciation for Chemistry!


So this is what the best feels like posted by Robert Switala on May 25 2009 at 21:07:50

This course was an amazing experience! Out of all my courses this year, this was by far the most fun and engaging class.

On average I spent 2-3 hours per day on the reading and assignments, not including the Labs. The Labs I usually reserved for the weekends, and they took about 3 hours. While at times this seemed like a heavy load, the wit and guidance from Mr. Moskaluk gave me confidence throughout the course, and the hours I spent were swallowed up very quickly.

The assignments themselves are very good and prepared me very well for the APChem Test. On the normal assignments you have multiple submissions, so if you miss a question you can check your work and understand why you made that mistake. On the tests and quizzes, you usually have limited submissions, but the preparation from the other assignments is more than enough to tackle these tougher ones. I was one of the lucky students who got to take the Late Test, which by popular opinion is considered much harder than the normal test date. Even then, I found I was prepared for most of the questions.

The Labs serve to solidify the knowledge learned in the textbook, as well as learn lab techniques that sometimes appear on the AP Test. These labs were really entertaining. Since this is an online course, we have to work off of written guidelines from Mr. Moskaluk, but they are so clearly written that this didn't pose any problem. A memorable lab was Le Chatelier's Bloody Hand, in which we used a indicator-infused paper that turns red when it reacts. I will forever cherish the look on my sister's face as I surprised her with this experiment! :)

I have never had a teacher so dedicated or passionate as Mr. Moskaluk. I am very lucky to have studied under such an incredible teacher. He puts in an immense amount of work into the course, writing Lab guidelines, chapter outlines, and answering questions. Whenever I had a question I would usually get an answer within the hour, and he would make me truly understand the solution. Mr. Moskaluk also keeps the course enjoyable through his humor. I loved the variety of comics that he would take the time to edit to include chemistry jokes. :) The Calvin and Hobbes were my favorites!

I felt that I thrived in this course because I analytical and detail oriented. However I think any student will be able to do well in this course. If you are even considering any branch of science, I heavily recommend Mr. Moskaluk's AP Chemistry course. Thanks so much, Mr. Moskaluk!

Robbie Switala


Great Class!!! posted by Nathan Huynh on May 25 2009 at 01:34:31

The AP Chemistry class is definitely a challenging but rewarding class. I personally spent at least 2-3 hours a day studying and an additional 3-5 hours doing the labs. Although the class seemed nearly impossible at times, I felt at the end of the year that I had learned and achieved a lot. Some minor details that make the class superb: 1) Excellent chapter outlines! These outlines really, really helped me as I was studying and preparing for the AP Exam. 2) The extensive Web Assignments and AP questions. Mr. Moskaluk provides you every AP multiple choice question and most of the FRQs that were released in the past to give you the maximum amount of practice. 3) His use of comics. There are comics ranging from Calvin and Hobbies to Foxtrot. Although they serve little educational purpose, they allow you a brief laugh before you continue on with you work. Nathan H.


AP Chemistry posted by Melissa Ciandella on July 30 2008 at 24:51:14

I'd have to say that this course was one of the best that I've ever taken, and I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone considering the AP Chemistry exam. While the material itself is definitely challenging, Mr. Moskaluk is VERY helpful and will walk you through any tough areas. He also gives very quick feedback; I usually received an answer to whatever question I had within the hour!

However, this class is certainly a considerable time committment. I usually spent about 2-3 hours a day reading through the textbook, and working on the online problems. This makes it difficult to catch up once you fall behind. Having a dangerously overloaded schedule myself (due to some unexpected situations mid-year), I faced frequent days of cramming before deadlines, and several times realized that I needed extra help finishing an assignment...just hours before it was due! If you do decide to take this course, do yourself a favor and put aside 2-3 hours per day for this class. You'll get SO much more out of this class if you give yourself ample time to read through the chapter, and complete the assignments. As long as you keep that in mind throughout the year, you can look forward to a challenging, rewarding experience. The labs that Mr. Moskaluk assigns are fun and interesting, and daily quizzes posted on the site check your comprehension as you work through each section of the chapter. Anyone willing to spend a sufficient amount of time on this course will do well in it, and enjoy it too!


Superb prep for the exam! posted by Thomas Atmer on July 30 2008 at 16:06:13

This is one hefty course. Don't take AP Chem if you don't want to work hard. It is serious college stuff, but if you want to do it, I can't think of a better way to prepare for the exam than taking this course. Dr. Moskaluk even makes it fun, with cartoons and cool comments. I made the mistake of falling behind from time to time, don't do that. You end up having a ton to do if you don't do everything on time. Also, if you are stuck, shoot an email to Dr. Moskaluk, he is very accessible and helpful. I probably put in 6 hours/week, but I had more chem going into the course than probably most, so budget 10 hours/week or more. I am thinking of chem as major in college, so yes, it did enhance my interest. (I got a 5 on the exam) The course wasn't set up with communications with other students, it was very well structured assignments and truly helpful feedback on all questions from the teacher.


AP Chemistry Review posted by Meg Robertson on May 20 2008 at 16:21:18

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Absolutely! I don't think I could have been any more prepared. We practiced multiple choice tests and free response questions from past tests all throughout the year. The AP test was just like any other we had taken and I feel very confident about my score.

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

Usually around 12 hours each week.

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

The labs were very good and really helped me understand the material. The WebAssignments were also wonderful! I can't imagine a better way to work chemistry problems out.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Yes. I'm much more interested in chemistry, and science in general, now.

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

There was very little discussion but I don't feel it hindered the course.

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants an excellent advanced chemistry class! The workload is very heavy so you need to be organized and responsible about committing time to each assignment. You also need to be conscientious when doing the labs which often involve working with delicate equipment or hazardous chemicals. Finally, it’s very important to ask for help when you need it. Mr. Moskaluk was a wonderful teacher and he not only answered my questions within a day or two but he also explained his answers in detail to ensure I understood the material.


AP Chem with Mr. Moskaluk posted by Carla Atwi on May 19 2008 at 15:35:04

Dear Prospective AP Chemistry Students,

I highly recommend Mr. Moskaluk's class - it is the most thorough online AP Chemistry prep course you can find! Mr. Moskaluk is an excellent teacher. His course is well-organized, and he responds quickly to questions. I really enjoyed performing some of the labs, especially the Alkaline Earth Reactions lab. This is a difficult course, but if you are willing to work hard, and certainly if you have a passion for the sciences, go for this course!

Carla Atwi


A Excellent Class! posted by Madeline Dowling on May 18 2008 at 19:47:32

The AP Chemistry Course by Mr. Moskaluk is excellent. Mr. Moskaluk is an awesome teacher who is very helpful with any questions that I ask, and usually answers questions within the day. The Webassigns are my favorite part of the course. They always contain pictures that relate to the questions, and Mr. Moskaluk usually adds something funny or cool to make them more interesting. This class has definitely enhanced my interest in chemistry. I'm going to minor or major in it now; before it wasn't even on my top ten school subjects list! While my class didn't communicate with each other too frequently, the classroom situation was a new and very good experience to have, and I knew that I could discuss the assignments with very intelligent classmates if I needed to. It was also motivating to me to be working in a class with such bright and accomplished students. A student will do well in this course if he is prepared to work hard, to study hard, and to like chemistry. I would DEFINITELY recommend this class to other students. It has been the best class that I ever took.


Time consuming, but extremely good posted by Ian Sturdy on June 21 2007 at 21:27:15

The course took me the most time of any of my PA homeschoolers classes, but not sizeably more than stated. I would estimate 2-3 hours a day, but it varied strongly based on the assignment for the week.

Most of the work was done through online assignments that could be completed at leisure, often open book, and often with multiple submissions. I found this an ideal way to learn the material as you learned by doing, rather than trying to memorize procedures and then test your memory on quizzes. Backing this up were many quizzes, mostly sections from past AP exams. Consequently, when I got to the AP exam I had seen all of the question formats and topic areas many times before.

Labs were also very well done--even though this is a home course, Mr. Moskaluk managed to get some very interesting labs into it, without stressing the availability of space or using unusual materials or equipment not included with the course. Even though we were working with dangerous chemicals, I felt that the safety instructions given where sufficient to avoid danger if followed properly.

There was little off-topic communication with other students, but I did not feel that this hindered the course as a whole.

I would recommend this course to all students, especially if they prefer to memorize by doing. There is a lot of memorization to AP Chemistry, but little of it will need to be memorized strictly by memorizing it off a page.


Excellent Class posted by David Bales on June 16 2007 at 02:06:28

Mr. Moskaluk’s AP Chemistry course was exceptional. I found the work challenging, though not frustratingly difficult, and spent about 1-2 hours per day reading, writing notes, and doing assignments. The assignments were structured very well, and because most homework was graded instantly I was able to learn from my mistakes easily. Mr. Moskaluk responded very quickly to my questions, and always gave detailed explanations. I feel that this course prepared me for this exam very well, as I had covered all the topics on the test. And also, though not a purely academic note, Mr. Moskaluk always tried to bring humor and other interesting facts into the lessons, which was a nice break when doing problems. I would advise any student who is willing to work hard to take this course.


My experience in AP Chemistry posted by Alexander Knecht on June 05 2007 at 23:14:59

This year, my sophomore year, I took AP Chemistry from PA Homeschoolers. I felt very well prepared by the end of this course, which I was not at all at the beginning. The AP exam was objectively pretty difficult, but I did quite well on it.

The students in the class were very bright, and we got to know each other on the online forum. It was quite active throughout the whole year, and we discussed various things, the majority of which were chemistry-related. We also asked the teacher questions on the forum, and in private, through a feature in the website. He was very good about answering our questions.

At the beginning of the year, we worked very hard to cover the basic concepts, and did a ton of problems on stoichiometry, gas laws, and basic calorimetry (Hess's Law). I spent over 15 hours a week.

Then we covered atomic and molecular structure, bonding, and hybridization. That was the foundation of everything we studied, and it was good to get a basic understanding of why the rest of the things we learned in the course were true. That was not as labor intensive, but it still took about 15 hours a week.

We also covered freezing and boiling point changes in solutions (road salt), vapor pressure, and some similar things in the first semester.

There was a break for Thanksgiving during the first semester, and a longer one for Christmas. After Christmas, we studied reaction rates and then reviewed for the semester exam (mostly on our own, of course).

The rest of the course from then on was mostly about chemical equilibrium (most of our work on acids and bases was just an application of this). This could be tedious at times, but at least we covered it thoroughly. There are always lots of questions on it in the AP exam.

I probably spent at least 12 hours a week in this part of the course, not counting the lab experiments, which took several hours per week. However, towards the end of the course the workload got lighter and lighter. I'm a very slow, thorough, and thoughtful worker, so I'm sure I took longer than most people to get through everything. It probably only took most people about 12 hours a week, as an estimate.

At the end, we covered some basic stuff about electrochemistry (gold plating, for example). It was only early April when we finished, and we had a month until the exam. By then, the work was essentially over, and it was just a few simple lab experiments and some review. We were thoroughly prepared for the AP exam. The AP exam on May 15 was objectively pretty hard, but I sailed through it.

There was a huge amount of work. We did lots and lots of problems on everything, and at times the work could seem endless, especially on chemical equilibrium, stoichiometry, and gas laws. There may have been some overkill, although all the problems did help to solidify things. The web program where we did most of our assignments could be a pain sometimes, since it would mark some answers as wrong with small rounding errors or when an answer was case-sensitive. It also had two little bugs that sometimes erased the answers I was trying to submit. However, it was simple and efficient, and usually worked pretty well.

The teacher was helpful, and always answered questions, although occasionally the style of his explanations was a little different than what I was looking for. The teacher was helpful, but since this is an online course, the ability to teach oneself was very important. I actually learned most of the stuff in the course from the textbook, rather than from the outlines he gave us for everything.

After we had covered some basic material, we got our lab equipment kits mailed to us later in the first semester. We did lots of interesting lab experiments. Some were tedious, but they were all fun, and it was a valuable part of the course. Some of them were things that I had done before as homeschool science projects, but it was all real chemistry. It wasn't safety-paranoid, baking-soda-and-vinegar chemistry for kids. We did a lot of real, quantitative experiments.

The most elaborate one was where we decomposed hydrogen peroxide and collected the oxygen gas from it to measure the rate of reaction. Then we laboriously analyzed the data to determine the rate constant, and even the activation energy. We worked with a lot of toxic or unhealthful substances, and used strong acids and bases extensively. In another experiment we collected gas from a cigarette lighter (I bought it, since I don't smoke), determined its molecular formula, and burned it in a spectacular explosion. It was actually quite safe, but still fun.

In summary, it was a very comprehensive course that covered everything thoroughly in a timely manner and prepared me well for the AP exam. The teacher was quite competent and experienced, and the students were bright. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get college credit for General Chemistry, is a self-learner, and is a hard worker.


This is an absolutely fabulous course! posted by Natalie Webb on June 04 2007 at 18:53:24

The class was very thorough and I felt very well prepared for the exam without any outside material. It is a very challenging course that makes the exam feel like a breeze. It was also very helpful that Mr. Moskaluk included lots of practice tests so I was very comfortable with both the multiple choice section and the free-response section. Mr. Moskaluk was extremely helpful in answering my many questions, often getting back to me within the hour. Once he even made a spreadsheet to help me on one of the assignments! He has a very funny sense of humor, often including chemistry poems, cartoons, and pictures in the weekly assignments. The lab component was great! Mr. Moskaluk sent us huge boxes of all sorts of lab equipment and chemicals. He gave us very detailed instructions on how to use the lab equipment accurately (or was that precisely?) and was careful to give us advice in using the chemicals safely. It is such fun to look back in my lab notebook and see how much we did. One day when I was working on a lab, my dad picked up my lab notebook and was glancing through it. He said it was so much better than anything he ever had in college. He got good grades in chemistry because he could remember things for the test, but he was always lost in labs! Mr. Moskaluk's labs always made perfect sense after I had "chewed" on them for awhile, and they illustrated well the material we were learning in the textbook. All in all, if you're willing to work hard, this is a really fun course! Natalie Webb, Junior, Oklahoma


Excellent class! (lots of work) posted by Brittani Russell on June 04 2007 at 18:33:46

I really enjoyed the AP Chemistry class taught by Peter Moskaluk. I learned far more chemistry than I ever thought possible in one year, and felt very prepared for the AP test weeks in advance. The material was presented in an interesting way. Most of the assignments were online, so you can know immediate whethere or not you were doing the problems correctly and have a chance to find the holes in your knowledge of the material and correct them. Also, everything was assigned well in advance, so I always could fit the work into my busy life of college visits, work, and other activities.

The class was definitely intence, there were many days when I spent three or four hours on this class. However, if you are ready for this and feel confident that you can grasp the material after reading a textbook I strongly recommend the course! (I have always taught myself science, so this was not much different than usual, but it definitely is a must!!!) Peter Moskaluk is an excellent teacher; he really knows what he is talking about. He responds extremely quickly to any questions you might have on any of the assignments, no matter what time of day. This class not only prepared me well for the AP test, but also for any other chemistry classes I might be taking in college.


ooeey gooey goodness posted by Lillian Johnson on June 03 2007 at 23:47:03

This class is excellent. I have a couple of special praises, a caveat, and one displeasing thing to report. I felt that it was very easy to get help from Mr Moskaluk despite the online format, which was a little surprising for me. He explained things very clearly and the online assignments were usually just enough practice without becoming too long; it seemed like some of the AP-exclusive topics really weren't too difficult after we covered the topics in this class. A warning: it is easy to get behind in this class, and the coarse-load can very to the extremes from week to week, so be aware that slacking off any one week will come back to haunt you later on. And, my one problem with the class... it seems like we waited too long to start on the labs (several months) and had to crunch some of them in at the end. Also, several of the experiments are quite tricky to figure out without a teacher physically in the room. Overall, I highly recommend this class and feel that it is good for AP preparation.


Exceptional Teacher and Course posted by Michael Dowling on June 03 2007 at 23:40:11

* Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Absolutely. I felt like I received a VERY thorough knowledge of Chemistry. Mr. Moskaluk uses actual AP tests from previous years to prepare you for the AP, and I feel very confident that I scored very well on the AP exam. * How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

Typically 12-14 hours per week depending on the difficulty of the week's assignments. (Labs for me took anywhere from 2-4 hours apiece, and there was approximately one lab per week.) * Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

I loved the labs. They really worked, and I was able to learn many fundamental lab techniques, having fun at the same time. * Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Absolutely yes. I had previously been only interested in the Physics/Engineering side of science, but now, I am seriously considering Chemistry or Chemical Engineering (or double majoring). I absolutely loved this course! * Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Interesting, yes. Valuable, no. However, since my main communication was with my fantastic teacher (Mr. Moskaluk), this was not a drawback whatsoever. * What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who:

1. Wants one-on-one personal attention and a teacher who genuinely wants to see them succeed. 2. Wants the best lab situation I believe is currently available in home-school chemistry. 3. Wants to learn chemistry out of a very well written and interesting textbook supplemented by very fun, interesting exercises provided by an excellent teacher, Mr. Moskaluk.

Anyone who does not take Mr. Moskaluk's chemistry has really missed out on one of the best courses available anywhere. I know that you will enjoy it!


Outstanding course posted by Jenny R. on June 03 2007 at 20:31:04

* Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

YES. And at the same time I was prepared to ace the AP Chemistry exam, I received an excellent college-level chemistry education.

* How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course? 10.

* Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable? All the Webassigns (online worksheets!) were absolutely invaluable, and especially the Free Response Questions from past AP exams. Also, this course has a LIVE lab component, instead of "virtual" labs that many other online Chemistry courses use. Mr. Moskaluk provides students with the chemicals and equipment (which is returned at the end of the school year) to perform the labs that I might not have been able to obtain working on my own.

* Did the course enhance your interest in the subject? Absolutely. I went in expecting boring lessons about atoms and electrons... and while I DID learn about these things, there was so much more!

* Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable? Yes. While I did not communicate directly with the other students, I frequently browsed the class forum when I had a question about an assignment. Often another student had asked the same question and I was able to learn from the responses.

* What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)? You must be willing to stick with it even when the going gets tough and put in the time for daily study and memorization. I highly recommend this course to any student who wishes to take an AP Chemistry course.

Finally, Mr. Moskaluk is an excellent teacher who always responded promptly and thoroughly to my many (and sometimes kind of blonde) questions.


Parent Review AP Chemistry posted by David Campbell on July 03 2006 at 14:30:42

Peter Moskaluk did an excellent job preparing his students for the AP Chemistry exam. They worked hard, but were very well prepared for the exam. What made this class most exciting was that Mr. Moskaluk included many applications of the concepts in the class to real world applications. For a subject like Chemistry it is difficult to make the subject matter fun, but he was able to include some "chemistry" cartons, poems, and fun facts. I would highly recommend this class to college bound high schoolers.


Parent Review AP Chemistry posted by David Campbell on July 03 2006 at 14:30:06

Peter Moskaluk did an excellent job preparing his students for the AP Chemistry exam. They worked hard, but were very well prepared for the exam. What made this class most exciting was that Mr. Moskaluk included many applications of the concepts in the class to real world applications. For a subject like Chemistry it is difficult to make the subject matter fun, but he was able to include some "chemistry" cartons, poems, a fun facts. I would highly recommend this class to college bound high schoolers.


Great preparation! posted by Joann Boston on June 09 2006 at 16:12:39

This was my toughest course all year, yet one of the best. I highly recommend that interested students have a good basic chemistry course first, and good math skills. I had to spend about the recommended amount of time for the course each week, and students should plan accordingly.

That being said, this course is perfectly suited to the AP exam. Throughout the entire year, Mr. Moskaluk distributed old exams, practice questions similar to the exam, and even two full actual AP Chemistry exams. By the time May arrived, I knew exactly what I was doing and felt confident that I would receive a good score. Sometimes you may feel as if you have no idea where you're going or how something is applicable, but if you have the courage to keep going, everything eventually falls into place and you will gain a good understanding.

Even if you are having trouble, Mr. Moskaluk is always willing to help and accommodate your needs. Whenever I had a question, it would almost always be answered within the same day.

In addition to the AP preparation, I found the lab parts of the course very valuable, especially for homeschooled students with limited resources to equipment. Though it's not exactly a real lab, you receive some basic tools and equipment and get a good idea of how they work and how to perform good experiments.

All in all, this course definitely got me ready for the exam, and though it was hard at times, it could also be enjoyable and interesting. If you feel ready to take on the challenge, this course will be perfect for you!


AP Chem posted by James Pang on May 28 2006 at 19:10:14

Mr. Moskaluk was a fine teacher, and the course and his teaching definitely helped me to feel prepared for the exam. There is, however, a lot of work involved, and it takes alot of organization in order to take the course itself, let alone prepare for the test. In the beginning of the year, I had quite a hard time with handing in work on time because I did not organize the workload during the week. But as the class went on, the course became much easier, just because I organized better.

As mentioned before, the type of student that should take this course is one who enjoys chemistry and organizes schoolwork well. He/she must be willing to work really hard, because this is one of the harder AP courses I've taken.


Excellent Course! posted by Elizabeth K on May 28 2006 at 17:51:47

This class was a great look at advanced chemistry. Even though a lot of people think of chemistry as a dull subject, Mr. Moskaluk made the class very fun and actually kept us laughing enough to absorb all of the information we needed for the test. Mr. Moskaluk always responded to my questions quickly and the Web Assign portion of the assignments worked very well. I want to study chemistry in college, so I enjoyed the subject already, but this class was thoroughly enjoyable and very rigorous. I self studied one other advanced chemistry course last year, and this one was far more in depth. Great explanations, lots of laughs, and excellent assignments--I can't imagine a better chemistry course.


Excellent Course posted by Elizabeth K on May 28 2006 at 17:48:01


posted by Jessica LeClair on May 24 2006 at 12:35:09

Dear Brave Souls,

(The length of my comments is a reflection of my deep attachment to this course.)

I embarked on my AP Chemistry adventure with trepidation. However, my concerns were unfounded. While I admit the material was challenging, I found a very supportive and helpful guide in Mr. Moskaluk (and his lovely wife). Mr. Moskaluk always made himself available to answer my countless questions and often went above and beyond his normal responsibilities as teacher. One morning I asked him how he would recommend making flash cards for a particular subject and he answered that afternoon with a complete set of flashcards he had created himself. His enthusiasm and quirky personality made the class (which could have been pure drudgery, as I learned from my previous chemistry class) one of my favorite courses. I was actually excited in the morning to wake up and tackle my problem set for chemistry.

That isn’t to say you won’t have to work hard. AP Chemistry requires a serious commitment of time and energy. The material is difficult and often the concepts are hard to grasp. To really get the most out of the course, you have to be willing to pursue other sources beyond your textbook and keep working problems until you really understand the material.

Although one student and I worked together on occasion on homework assignments via AIM, I had little other contact with the students in the course. While there was a message board on the site, rarely was a forum open where we could discuss problems or just chat. It was disappointing to know so little of my fellow students tackling the course alongside me. In Mr. Moskaluk’s defense, this was the first time he had offered this course. So, some of the kinks were still being worked out. Though, I was impressed at how few kinks there were given the circumstances. Also, in numerous other AP courses, I have also been disappointed by the lack of interaction between students.

Finally, on the topic of course preparation, I think the course prepared me well for the exam. Mr. Moskaluk thoughtfully concluded much of our course work several weeks before the test, giving us extra time to review. His insistence on doing countless practice tests, while a pain, in the end proved helpful. The strength of this course is in its excellent preparation for the FRQ (Free Response Question) section of the test. In this section, you are required to work various problems and show your work. The majority of our homework assignments were structured this way and we were further exposed to the format through the many, many, many practice tests we took. I didn’t feel as well prepared for the multiple-choice section. The multiple-choice questions require you to understand a concept and apply it to a new situation. Again, in Mr. Moskaluk’s defense, applying concepts has always been a difficult area for me.

Overall, the course is excellent. You will have to work hard, but Mr. Moskaluk is always there to encourage, support, and guide you. As a previously chemistry-phobic individual, I can speak to all of those who might shy away from this course. If you are willing to apply yourself and take advantage of Mr. Moskaluk’s expertise, this course is nothing to be afraid of!

Jessy LeClair


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