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1. No one was born to lose. The best of my students understand this principle like the backs of their hands. No, there is no inherent genetic formula or organic compound you can use to get an A in a class. We are all products of our hardwork and investments. Whoever decides to put in excellent work will definitely reap excellent results. 2. Always aim for gold. Have you heard that there is... read more

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OH NO, I am not allowed a calculator on the MCAT!!! If you reading this you have probably completed all the general requirements to take the MCAT. Thinking back over your semesters of chemistry you would of used your calculator a lot to complete the math problems ranging from the basics of stoichiometry to the complex problems of solving the pH of a weak acid. You may be wondering how on Earth... read more

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Most of us tend to think that science is all about equations. But language is just as important as numbers are to the scientific endeavor. E.O. Wilson, the famous biologist, once stated that he doesn't even consider himself as acting like a scientist until he sits down and starts writing. Words are central to science, and so when you're teaching or studying the sciences, it's a good idea to focus... read more

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Which of the topics covered in General Chemistry form major parts of the foundation you need to succeed in Organic Chemistry? I have taught both courses many times and can tell you you NEED a few specific topics down COLD in General Chemistry before heading to Organic. Here are the "big four" in order from most to least important. 1. Lewis Structures Organic Chemistry is... read more

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Chemistry in general is one of the more feared subjects in school In addition to math and physics. One must first be disabused of this irrational fear of a subject integral to every portion of life from cooking to driving your car. In the realm of chemistry I often find that organic chemistry ranks at the top of the hated class category because many students do not succeed in the class. What an... read more

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I really struggled with "Orgo" in college. I mean REALLY. My first exam (I had two in my summer class) had a score of 39. 39! I thought, that's it. I'm one of those who gets "weeded" out. However, when I looked to my left my friend had a big red 15 at the top of their paper. In these situations you can't help but assign some blame to the teacher. But I couldn't request... read more

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Nomenclature is one of the very first topics to be introduced in organic chemistry courses. Many students find the process tedious and overwhelming. However, the process of naming molecules is methodic and can be mastered with repeated practice. If you struggle with nomenclature, try the approach below. ===Before you start=== Make sure you memorize the following: *Functional groups-... read more

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The great success I have had in organic chemistry has been the direct result of helpful study techniques. Organic Chemistry is a subject that requires intense amounts of memorization. To eliminate the need for memorization, follow this simple outline: 1) Learn the reactivities and characteristics of all elements and functional groups. 2) Understand the principles of resonance as... read more

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Congratulations, you have made it through two semesters of general chemistry, next stop organic chemistry. You are worried, you have heard that organic chemistry is really hard and you are wondering what you really need to know from general chemistry to make things easier. The good news for some is most of the math is not required in o-chem. There are many concepts that carry forward from general... read more

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Students often ask why is Organic Chemistry so hard? Often they have friends who, although are usually all round A students, have failed organic chemistry. This is a subject like no other, it is not a subject that a student can simply learn the facts and quote them back in an exam. Students often think if they memorize all the facts they can not go wrong. I also get asked why is there so much... read more

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Many students enter college with the intention of gaining acceptance to medical school. Many, however, lack adequate knowledge of the admissions process, which hampers their odds of success. In the 2007-2008 application season, for example, 42,231 individuals applied to one or more of 126 allopathic programs. Ultimately, only 18,036 of these applicants had matriculated into a medical school. That... read more

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Happy New Year! Are you ready for the new semester? No matter where you are in your education, first semester in college, or headed into that last one before graduation, being properly prepared will make all the difference! 1. Meet with an advisor and enroll as early as possible. 2. Get your books as soon as you can. Read through the table of contents and flip through he book to get... read more

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A water molecule contains two atoms of Hydrogen (H) and one atom of Oxygen (O). (H2O) How many different water molecules (isotopically different) can be formed using the natural abundances for the isotopes of Hydrogen (H, D, T), and Oxygen (15O, 16O, 17O, 18O)? Calculate the statistical concentrations for each isotopically unique molecule? Current status of question: Zero correct... read more

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