Organic Chem Study Tips

How To Apply Memory Techniques In Learning Organic Chemistry

How To Apply Memory Techniques In Learning Organic Chemistry

March 10, 2014

In the last post we talked about how having a great memory is no guarantee of doing well on many types of organic chemistry exams. As an example I shared the story of one reader, Hussain, who’s developed the ability to memorize an entire deck of cards in just a few minutes, but got a [...]

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How Much Does Having A Great Memory Matter?

How Much Does Having A Great Memory Matter?

February 28, 2014

I recently heard from a reader, Hussain, who told me that he’d been working on memory techniques that allowed him to memorize a deck of 52 cards in just a few minutes. Inspired by this awesome story,  last week I asked my readers how much would it mean to them to have a great memory. [...]

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Success Stories: How Corina Got The The “Hard” Professor – And Got An A+ Anyway

Success Stories: How Corina Got The The “Hard” Professor – And Got An A+ Anyway

February 5, 2014

Does your school have that one “hard” organic chemistry instructor that most students try to avoid? Today’s success story comes from Corina, a student in Texas who got assigned the most challenging instructor and made the best of it – getting an A+ in her class. I asked her to explain some of the details [...]

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Success Stories: How Kari Went From C– to B+

Success Stories: How Kari Went From C– to B+

January 22, 2014

In this week’s success story, reader Kari writes in from a large university in Minnesota, saying, “I really underestimated the power of group study until the end of the semester. I could not figure out what I was doing wrong in studying during the bulk of the semester, until I found out how much getting [...]

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Success Stories: How Zach Aced Organic Chemistry 1

Success Stories: How Zach Aced Organic Chemistry 1

January 16, 2014

With the first semester over, I recently asked my readers if they could share their stories of how they succeeded [or even failed in] organic chemistry. In the first of a series of posts, I’ll share the response from Zach, who reports earning an A in organic chemistry 1 at a prestigious Ivy League university [...]

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The Best Way To Spend Your First Two Weeks In Organic Chem

September 4, 2013

  Advice on some topics on the internet can be so laughably bad. One example that immediately comes to mind is finding a job. How many times have you heard people say the same old tired advice –  “Network!” “Update your resume!” “Use social media!”    Another, I’m sorry to say, is organic chemistry. Here’s [...]

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Organic Chemistry For the MCAT

Organic Chemistry For the MCAT

August 28, 2013

Many students taking organic chemistry one day plan to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A common question students have for me is what type of thinking is required in order to do well on this exam. I plead ignorance, so to help educate myself and others I am happy to present an expert [...]

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From a “Drop” To B+ in Org 2 – How A Hard Working Student Turned It Around

From a “Drop” To B+ in Org 2 – How A Hard Working Student Turned It Around

August 21, 2013

How do you go from being clueless in exams to feeling confident?  I got the following email last week from a student who we’ll call “Trip”, who wrote to describe how he went from essentially a W in Org II [drop] to nailing a high B+ .  I asked Trip to explain how he went [...]

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Organic Chemistry For The DAT [Dental Admissions Test]

Organic Chemistry For The DAT [Dental Admissions Test]

August 20, 2013

I get a lot of questions from students about preparing for the organic chemistry section of the DAT, so I asked Jon Chay to come here to share his expertise in this area.  Jon is a dental student and runs AceDat.com , a resource for students planning to write the Dental Admissions Test [DAT].    Hello students! My [...]

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How Serge Aced Organic Chemistry

How Serge Aced Organic Chemistry

June 6, 2013

Over the past few weeks I’ve been corresponding with loyal reader Serge, who was happy to report to me recently that his exam grades are back and he got a 92% in his course, despite a first exam that was below the class average. He made up for it by handily beating the average on [...]

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