Screw Organic Chemistry, I’m Just Going To Write About Cats

Screw Organic Chemistry, I’m Just Going To Write About CatsNovember 9, 2010

Screw organic chemistry, I’m just going to write about cats. Organic chemistry? People don’t want to hear about it. It’s been called “worse than prison“, or “like a bad hooker“…

How to Succeed In Orgo: Collected Advice

How to Succeed In Orgo: Collected AdviceOctober 11, 2010

The course syllabus is that sheet of paper you get on the first day of class that explains what the grading scheme is, the course content, contact information for the instructor, and so on. For most courses this is pr…

How Simplicity Breeds Complexity in Organic Chemistry

How Simplicity Breeds Complexity in Organic ChemistryOctober 8, 2010

Learning rules is relatively easy. Looking backward from a situation and understanding how those rules led to a specific consequence is a little harder. Predicting the consequences of those rules in the forward direct…

Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Quick Wins

September 17, 2010

Sometimes I spend time on the SDN forums to see what premeds have to say about their organic chemistry woes. Last night while poking around, I found the following: Organic Chemistry Has Violated Me Countless Times I&#…

“Why is it that I spend all this time studying and I still don’t feel like I learn anything?”

July 24, 2010

This week I had a session with a new student (who I’ll call “Tim”) from Virginia. We had a brief session, where we went over things like the additions to alkenes and reactions of epoxides. He showed …

Gen Chem and Organic Chem: How are they different?

June 28, 2010

After finishing my freshman year of college, I spent my summer in the university town where I went to school. I had a menial telemarketing job along with some volunteer lab work on the side. Life was pretty easy: many…

Commitment is More Important Than Intelligence

June 11, 2010

I’ve failed a lot. About a month and a half ago, I had my latest failure. My wife and I have been enrolled in Hebrew classes. It’s our fourth class, level Bet-plus. We’ve gotten to the point where we…

Is Orgo Hard?

June 9, 2010

Yes. Let’s skip past the anecdotes, as entertaining as they may be, and move right through to a more detailed analysis. Here’s why: 1) There is a ton of vocabulary to learn. David Klein, author of the acc…

“I Hate This Damn Course”

April 8, 2010

Learning organic chemistry can be every bit as frustrating as learning a foreign language.

Some Perspective

Some PerspectiveMarch 16, 2010

For all of those thinking about med school: organic chemistry is not hard. . Complex? Yes. Challenging? Of course. A lot of facts and concepts to memorize and understand? Absolutely. But it’s not hard. ……