Chemistry Study Guides and Resources for High Schoolers

Chemistry can be difficult, even for students who typically excel in science. Teachers recommend outlining each chapter, carefully reading through assignments and doing the sample problems repeatedly in the textbook. Still, understanding aspects of chemistry can still be out of reach. Concepts may be understandable, but learning to remember all of the elements, laws and equations eludes students, s they have difficulty on homework and tests.

Most students work toward for a solid understanding of the concepts presented in high school chemistry, and some strive for higher exam scores on the SAT II Subject Test in Chemistry and the College Board AP Chemistry Exam. Sometimes the information provided in a textbook or by the teacher may still not be enough to make students  comfortable with the concepts, or perhaps more practice will help achieve a higher test score. Those who are taking an Advanced Placement test in chemistry also need more instruction and practice than their instructors may be able to provide during the allotted class time.

There are many online resources that cater to high school students studying chemistry. There are both extensive guides that address many areas of the field and study guides dedicated to exploring only one topic in depth. The periodic table and many laws and equations require memorization as well as understanding, and there are even printable flash cards available online to help with this task.

General Study Guides

  • The World of Chemistry is a chemistry website designed by a high school chemistry teacher in Pennsylvania.
  • Word Dynamo has study guides, flash cards and vocabulary lists made specifically for high school chemistry students.
  • is an educational site for high school students written and/or edited by teachers and college professors.
  • Princeton High School Chemistry I Study Guide is a study guide designed specifically for use by students from Princeton High School but is applicable to most introductory high school chemistry classes.

Study Guides by Topic

  • Acids and Bases are explained in this downloadable .pdf study guide from Preparatory Chemistry.
  • Electrochemistry is related in this study guide that deals with the relationship between chemical energy and electrical energy.
  • Equilibrium is detailed in a guide from
  • Organic Chemistry topics are covered in detail by
  • Radioactivity is not  as simple as it seems. This study guide from details it in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • Stoichiometry and related concepts are covered by this guide from Chemistry Geek.
  • Atomic Structure is explained in this slideshow hosted on Slideshare.
  • Spectroscopy and what the technique measures is clarified by this eNotes guide.
  • Kinetic Molecular Theory is summarized in an easy-to-understand way by this guide.
  • Gas Laws are analyzed is this basic chemistry guide by Chemistry Geek.
  • Periodic Properties are introduced by this webpage from Study Blue.
  • Reduction Oxidation is taught through this online slide show.
  • Thermochemistry and the laws of thermodynamics are covered in an guide.
  • Bonding is detailed in a downloadable booklet written for high school students reviewing chemistry.
  • Isomerism is summarized for basic chemistry courses on this web page.
  • Electron Configurations are one of the fundamental parts of chemistry.
  • The Mole is reviewed in the study guide from Princeton High School’s Chemistry I course.
  • Kinetics and other related topics are taught to AP students through this slide show.
  • Significant Figures and Scientific Notation are key to understanding chemistry. This review provides an overview of the topics.
  • Thermodynamics and their use in thermochemistry are explained by a PinkMonkey guide.
  • Colligative Properties are examined by this study guide, which also includes problems and solutions.
  • Balancing Equations gets easier with practice. This downloadable .pdf has examples and common questions.
  • Reactions Types are explained in this website written by a high school class and their teacher in New York.
  • Nomenclature review is provided by this Chemistry Geek page.
  • Metric System measurements are used in chemistry. A review of these measurements is commonly necessary in American students.
  • Solutions are reviewed in a Pink Monkey guide and may be made in the classroom lab.
  • Concentration is detailed in this guide in relation to molarity.


Chemistry often involves working with various chemicals, solutions and mixtures in the lab.

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