Lewis Structure for Radicals

This video shows you a quick, time-saving checklist for radicals in Lewis structures! It ensures you don’t miss anything when deciding WHICH atom most likely has the radical. You’ll also see it in action as it is applied to several examples. (Watch on YouTube: Lewis Structures Radicals. Click cc on bottom right for video transcription.) Links & Resources Mentioned […]

What If Your MCAT Date Gets Cancelled

What happens to your application timeline if your test date is cancelled? What about your study plan if you were mentally geared up to test in just a few weeks?
How should your study plan change if you weren’t planning to test until late spring or summer 2020?

Am I Ready For the MCAT? How to Evaluate

You’ve already invested years into your Med School prerequisites and months into preparing for the MCAT, but are you ready to test?How do you know when you’re ready to take the MCAT? WHEN you take the MCAT, is nearly as important as getting the right score. If you’re applying to schools with rolling admissions (most […]

Grignard Reaction Reagent Mechanism and Cheat Sheet

The Grignard reagent R-Mg-X (pronounced Grin-yard) is a carbon chain bound to a magnesium halide, typically used to form alcohols by attacking carbonyls such as in aldehydes or ketones. Grignards are my go-to for chain elongation in orgo 2 synthesis.Alkynes are my go-to for orgo 1 chain elongation. In English, please? Let’s back up a bit. […]

MCAT General Chemistry Crash Course Bootcamp

When it comes to general chemistry on the MCAT, Do you feel like this SHOULD be a basic enough topic? After all, gen-chem is the foundation for Orgo and Biochem, Yet, you find yourself struggling with the concepts and tripping over the math? I used to hate chemistry. I dreaded this subject. All because I […]

How To Stop Forgetting What You Study

You sit down to study and quickly get in the zone.  Everything just clicks! The concepts make sense, you understand the information, and you ace the related practice questions.When you’re done, you put your books/notes away knowing this was a solid study session. You’re excited to pick this up again tomorrow, or even next week. Ideally, […]

Orgo Oxidation Reduction Reactions Study Guide Cheat Sheet

Oxidation and reduction reactions in organic chemistry can get very confusing very quickly due to the sheer volume of reaction types and chemical reagents involved. To help you keep track of these reactions and reagents I’ve put together the Oxidation/Reduction Study Guide Cheat Sheet Below. This guide is the result of hours of work, so […]

Alkyne Reactions Overview Cheat Sheet – Organic Chemistry

In response to the feedback for my alkene reaction cheat sheet I’ve compiled another organic chemistry reference sheet, this time for alkyne reactions. Do NOT simply use this guide to memorize reaction products. Instead use this guide as you study to ensure that you understand mechanisms and recognize reaction sequences. I spent nearly 2 hours […]

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution Study Guide Cheat Sheet

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution reactions are one of the more fun topics that you will study in Organic Chemistry. But perhaps you find it tricky due to the sheer volume of information that makes up the big picture. And so, in addition to my EAS Tutorial Video Series I’ve put together a thorough EAS cheat sheet. […]

SN1 SN2 E1 E2 Organic Chemistry Study Guide Cheat Sheet

Substitution and Elimination reactions are potentially the most difficult topic at the Organic Chemistry 1 Level. Unlike other reactions which follow similar patterns, with the SN1/SN2/E1/E2 reactions you are faced with different circumstances for similar molecules and asked to choose a reaction pathway. The average cheat sheet gives you a ‘memorize without logic’ roadmap, which […]