Cyclohexane Ring Flip and Boat Conformation

Cyclohexanes are most stable in the chair conformation. This requires a ring flip to interconvert between the 2 chair conformations, with some funky (boat) intermediates. This video walks you through the ring flip and boat conformations both with a model kit as well as how to draw the ring flip and boat on paper. (Watch […]

Stoichiometry and Reactions Practice Problems for MCAT Chemistry

While many students fear stoichiometry, I hope you’re feeling confident and ready to tackle practice problems after reviewing my MCAT Stoichiometry and Reactions video series. Haven’t watched it yet? Jump into the video series before attempting the quiz. This practice quiz was written to test your basic understanding of Stoichiometry and Reactions following along with AAMC Content […]

Balancing Chemical Equations with Practice Problems

When it comes to balancing chemical equations, it’s very easy to get lost and confused by all the changing numbers. The videos below will show you a simple yet efficient approach to make sure you quickly account for all your numbers (minimal guessing) and don’t lose track of your work along the way. Balancing Equations […]

Alkene Reactions Overview Cheat Sheet – Organic Chemistry

The true key to successful mastery of alkene reactions lies in practice practice practice. However, when you have a homework assignment, quiz,exam around the corner, it helps to have a reaction summary guide for quick reference. That’s why I created this alkene reaction overview. This guide is designed to help you recognize alkene reaction products […]

Conventions for Writing Chemical Equations – Arrows, Phases, Coefficients and more

When it comes to writing chemical equations it’s easy to confuse all the little letters and numbers. What do they mean? Where do they go? This video breaks down every letter and number you’ll see in chemical reactions, from coefficients and phases to numbers that represent charges, multiple atoms or polyatomic ions. (Watch on YouTube: Chemical […]

Common Types of Chemical Reactions

While the MCAT will not test you directly on the different types of chemical reactions, you will be expected to know them as they show up in more complex questions, passages, and experiments. This video walks you through the common types of chemical reactions including Disproportionation, Single Replacement, Double Replacement, Combination or Synthesis, Decomposition, and […]

How his MCAT Productivity jumped from 15 to 40 hours per week

Meet Ricky, A teacher, triathlon competitor, iron man finisher, and premed student. Ricky came to me for help creating a realistic study plan, and so we did. The first step in any MCAT study plan is simple: Review the situation, Come up with a strategic plan customized to the student’s unique situation as outlined in […]

Strong Acids and Bases Cheat Sheet Study Guide

The MCAT will require you to know the difference between strong and weak acids and bases. You’ll not only have to recognize the weak acids and bases, but MEMORIZE the standard list of strong acids and bases listed on the cheat sheet below. This cheat sheet below is meant to accompany the MCAT Acid/Base Tutorial Series (math focus) […]

Aromatic Side Chain Oxidation to Carboxylic Acid

Aromatic side chain oxidation is an interesting reaction. Benzene is not easily oxidized, nor is an alkane. However, when attached to a benzene ring the benzylic carbon is susceptible to a unique oxidation yielding a benzoic acid. This video walks you through the reaction including what to look out for along with multiple practice problems. […]

Oxidation and Reduction Reactions

Oxidation and Reduction reactions happen all the time in a living system and thus very likely to show up on the MCAT. This video walks you through oxidation and reduction reactions, how to figure out the half reactions, and how to easily recognize (+ trick) what gets oxidized and what gets reduced. You’ll also see […]