Is there any course that students complain about more than organic chemistry, “tormenter of young souls, perennial weeder of would-be doctors“? It’s been described as a beast that violates young students, and makes you sadder than you felt after watching Hotel Rwanda.
But then you hear other students describe it as “over-hyped”, “not a big deal”, and “a paper tiger“.
What do the students in the second group know that those in the first group don’t?
The Mission of Master Organic Chemistry
Hi, I’m James Ashenhurst. I founded Master Organic Chemistry to help understand the factors that make learning organic chemistry difficult, and help put this image of it as a scary subject to rest.
Around the world, introductory organic chemistry courses are extremely similar – and students everywhere hit similar mental roadblocks. What are some of the common difficulties students face in organic chemistry? How do you build a comprehensive online guide to organic chemistry that addresses these difficulties? Building that guide is the mission of Master Organic Chemistry.
- Is there a systematic method by which someone of average ability but with a strong work ethic could excel in organic chemistry? Finding such a method is the mission of Master Organic Chemistry.
- What are some specific things you can do to transform yourself from someone who studies hard into someone who studies smart? Understanding the most efficient ways to learn the course material is the mission of Master Organic Chemistry.
- One of the common complaints about organic chemistry is that there are a lot of overlapping trends and concepts. You have to know when to apply one trend but not another. In other words, success in solving problems requires judgement, not just rote memorization. How do you acquire that judgement? How do you rely less on memorization and more on thinking through problems? Showing you how to build that judgement is the mission of Master Organic Chemistry.
- Scattered over the internet are an incredible number of great online resources, including study tips from successful students, instructors’ insights, and a wealth of practice problems and tools. Where can you find a site that is devoted to sharing the best of these resources, stories and insights? Collecting all these resources together is the mission of Master Organic Chemistry.
The mission of Master Organic Chemistry is too big for me to do by myself. If you feel that you have a contribution to make, come and join me. My work has changed for the better through the contributions of students and instructors in ways I never would have imagined. If you have any suggestions for how I can improve Master Organic Chemistry, let me know.