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Chemistry 101 ~ A Student Review

Homeschool product reviews are most commonly done by homeschooling teachers, so I’m breaking the mold a bit here, haha! As an 11th grade homeschooled student, I just recently finished a science course that was absolutely amazing, and I knew that I just had to give my review of it.

Today’s post is all about Chemistry 101: An Overview of God’s Chemical World.

my bear wanted to pose with the case because it turns out that he loved it just as much as I did. hehe!

Chemistry 101 is a Christian high school chemistry course. It’s nearly 11 hours long, consisting of 19 episodes (between 20-45 minutes each), and with each episode, there’s a section in the included booklet called the Guidebook. The Guidebook gives more information on all of the topics covered, as well as additional segment quizzes, relevant activities, easy science experiments, and field trip suggestions.

From the ancient study of alchemy to the future of chemistry, Wes Olson, the creator, and star of the series, did a great job of covering everything clearly, informatively, and enjoyably.

While this course is specifically designed for high schoolers, it can definitely be fun for all ages! Everything is family-friendly, which means that children, as well as parents, can join in on learning.


Back in August of last year, my mom planned for me to watch Chemistry 101 for my 11th grade science. The previous year, I watched Biology 101 and absolutely loved it; not only was it done well, but I’ve always been interested in learning about animals, as well as how we work, so I’m not surprised that I enjoyed it. Learning about plant life turned out to be interesting, as well. 🙂

Anyway, even though I was really looking forward to watching Wes Olson teach science for the upcoming year of my schoolwork, I was still dreading the thought of studying chemistry. I’ve never liked science-y stuff, atom models look terrifying, many concepts look too hard to even begin to comprehend, etc … but after watching just the first few segments, I found myself looking forward to learning about the Periodic Table of the Elements and enjoying learning everything that he discussed!

This course isn’t the same as other school curriculums; it’s really designed to teach anyone interested in the fundamentals of chemistry, from the elements to all of the brilliant people whose revolutionary ideas brought us to the understanding of chemistry that we have today. Chemistry 101 was my favorite school subject, and in all of my years of schooling, out of all of the great courses my mom has found to teach me, that’s a high compliment. It’s worth every penny and so much more.

Even though I’ve already watched the DVDs twice through, as that was the course requirement (and, as I just realized, means that I’ve spent almost a whole day of my life watching it, hahah!!), I’m looking forward to watching it all over again at some point in the future. I was so sad to finish it, but I completely intend on continuing my study of chemistry, as well as other areas of science, on my own. Currently, I’m reading a book I found at the library on atoms, and it’s been quite intriguing so far!

If anyone reading this is interested in having a better understanding of God’s chemical world, then this is the course that you NEED to buy!

  • Click here to learn more about Chemistry 101,
  • Click here to visit the 101 Series online store,
  • Click here to watch the full, 38-min Chemistry 101 introduction!

To finish this review, I’ve written a note to the whole Olson family: Thank you so much for your curriculums!!! You have completely changed my view of science for the better, and the fact that you did it as a family makes it so special. I know how much of a group effort all three (soon to be four) were, and I can’t applaud you all enough. I also can’t express how excited I am to watch Physics 101 during my last year of school! 🙂 I’ll probably write a review on that after I’ve completed it.

— Maggie

19 replies on “Chemistry 101 ~ A Student Review”

This is a wonderful review. Congratulations on finishing the course!!! Your bear and the dvd case are perfect 🙂 You seem very passionate about chemistry, maybe a future career?? It’s good you liked it thought, makes getting through the course easier. Will you get a school grade for writing this review? How is your mom feeling?

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Thank you so much, Margaret! I had fun writing it. 🙂 I’m definitely interested in chemistry, so if the Lord has planned for that to be part of my future, I’d be very excited! Indeed, I’m glad that I liked it so much 🙂 No, unfortunately I don’t get a grade for this, but that would be very cool! She’s doing much better today, but is still taking it easy and resting as much as she can. Thank you for your prayers ❤

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Haha, that’s awesome! I’m serious; I couldn’t stand science before watching this course 🙂 It’s so wonderful! I hope you do look into it; you really should.


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