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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 i…

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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 wha…

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

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 –  “Ne…

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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 p…

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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 …

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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.co…

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How John Pulled Up His Organic Chemistry Exam Grades

How John Pulled Up His Organic Chemistry Exam Grades

July 18, 2012

The other week, loyal reader “John” (not his real name) wrote in to tell me how he had pulled up his exam grade in organic chemistry from a 44% on the first midterm to a 90% on the second midterm. I asked …

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How To Prepare for Organic Chemistry Exams

How To Prepare for Organic Chemistry Exams

June 22, 2012

A common problem students tell me is that they feel that they know the material, but when they write an exam, they don’t do well. It’s hard to isolate the exact reasons for this, but there are certainly ca…

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Success Stories: How Nathan Aced Organic Chemistry (Without It Taking Over His Life)

Success Stories: How Nathan Aced Organic Chemistry (Without It Taking Over His Life)

June 8, 2012

Loyal reader “Nathan” (not his real name) sent in this note recently on how he managed to do well in organic chemistry without it having a detrimental impact on the rest of his schedule:  I feel that I ha…

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Interview: “Taking Organic Chemistry Is A Great Way To Develop Critical Thinking Skills”

May 25, 2012

A few weeks ago I had the chance to interview (via e-mail) an instructor of organic chemistry at a medium-size American school, who shared her insights about teaching and learning organic chemistry. Comments have been…

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