The Effective Strategies for Reducing Learning Difficulties in Senior Secondary School Chemistry

  • Nnamdi B. Emendu
  • Peter I. Ikeowu
  • Ebele R. Emendu


Learning is an act of acquiring knowledge or skill. For learning to be meaningful it has to follow the processes. A situation whereby the brain is struggling to settle with this process, the learner will have a problem and such problem is termed learning difficulty. Learning difficulties to student is one who exhibit problems in acquiring academic skills as a consequence of a range of cases. Causes of learning difficulties include genetic effect, brain development and environment effect. Types of learning difficulties include dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscakulia, dyspraxia, auditory processing disorder and language processing disorder. Chemistry is a natural science associated with substances and their metabolites and applications. Learning of chemistry requires knowledge of signs, symbols, diagrams, vocabulary. Many students are finding it difficult to understand the content of chemistry, hence experiencing learning difficulty. The solution of these learning difficulties includes diagnosis, coping with the challenges, occupational therapy and counseling. With the use of appropriate strategies such as using appropriate languages, resources, ICT, and clear chemistry content the problem of learning difficulties will be reduced in schools. Some recommendations were made.Key words: Strategy, Learning Difficulty, Chemistry