Conjurers and Illusionists have it easy. They can just fling spells into empty space, willy-nilly, until they’ve maxed out their skills. Smug bastards. Alchemists, on the other hand, are the hard-working nerds of Skyrim. Like their reality-based counterparts, they have to do more work for less glory. Thankfully, we’ve put this guide together to help you increase your Alchemy skill as quickly as possible.
There are four ways to level your Alchemy Skill: Crafting potions (experience is granted based on the value of the potion you create), paying skill trainers, reading skill books, or completing specific miscellaneous quests.
Before you start intentionally boosting your Alchemy skill, however, you should at least seek out The Thief Stone, which is found among the Guardian Stones, southwest of Riverwood. Activating this stone makes leveling Alchemy (among other skills) 20% faster. You should also make sure you have the Well Rested buff for an additional 10% boost or the Lover’s Comfort buff (gained by sleeping with your spouse) for 15%.
Depending on how much you want to boost your skill, you may want to first increase your Enchanting skill as to create Alchemy-boosting gear. We have an Enchanter's Guide for those looking to quickly increase their Enchanting skill.
IMPORTANT: As you are boosting, make sure to add skill points to the following Alchemy perks to further increase your leveling speed: Alchemist, Physician, Benefactor, and Poisoner.