" ORGANIC CHEMISTRY IS REALLY EASY ", this is the first sentence I say to my students when I step in to the classroom the very first day of classes, and I usually get the same response from them, they laugh!. However, I do mean it, organic chemistry is really easy. If I could just show people the way I see it, I am pretty sure anyone would understand it. I just love organic chemistry, it is my favorite subject, I am very very very passionate about it, and it is what I can do best.
I have being teaching for a very long time, since I was an undergrad in Mexico. Then I came to the USA to get my MS in medicinal chemistry at the State University of New York where I worked as a teaching assistant for general chemistry and organic chemistry as well. After that, I came to Chicago to get my PhD at the University of Illinois with a focus in synthetic organic chemistry and biochemistry, so, currently, I am working toward the completion of my degree. I still hold a teaching assistant position, and I have taught hundreds of students the laboratory session as well as several discussion sessions a week.
However, I have observed a certain pattern that repeats over and over each year; the students that come to me believe that they just don't get organic chemistry, that it is so incredibly difficult, that they need super powers to understand it, and a lot of them actually end up hating the subject, losing their confidence, and passing the course is soooooo painful that once they are done with it, they don't want to hear about it ever again!
What if I told you, that none of the above "bad beliefs" are true?. You can understand organic chemistry, you can study and do well in exams, quizzes, assignments, not only that, but if you want, you can A this class, you just need a solid and good foundation to build upon, and once you have that solid foundation, you will become independent, confident and will see that organic chemistry is very logical and that you can actually figure out mechanisms of reaction on your own, even if you haven't seen that particular reaction before, because the first principles are always the same, they don't change.
I have also a lot of experience with teaching GENERAL CHEMISTRY. At the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Where I am currently getting my PhD, I have been assigned as a teaching assistant for the general chemistry course several times upon faculty request and evaluations as well as ratings from the students, I have also been assigned to teach the general chemistry intensive course in the Summer of 2012 and Summer of 2013.
This is all I gotta say, I look forward to hearing from you, helping you out become independent, and get those grades up!
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