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

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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

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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 to Carboxylic Acid by Leah4sci

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 in MCAT General Chemistry by Leah4sci

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 […]

Amino Acid Peptide Linkage Formation and Hydrolysis Reactions

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Amino acids are the building blocks of living things. This makes the process of making/breaking bonds critical to understanding biological sciences. This video walks you through the formation of an amino acid bond – the peptide bond, as well as breaking the bonds through hydrolysis. (Watch on YouTube: Peptide Linkage/Hydrolysis. Click CC for transcription) Links […]

Calculating Oxidation Numbers in MCAT General Chemistry

Calculating Oxidation Numbers in MCAT General Chemistry

Oxidation numbers can be confusing, unless you think of it as charge (real or imaginary) associated with each specific atom in a complex molecule or polyatomic ion.     Calculating Oxidation Numbers Video 1 – Oxidation Numbers This video shows you how to find and calculate oxidation numbers when given simple and complex molecules or […]

Tollens Reagent Silver Mirror Test for Aldehydes

Tollens Reagent Silver Mirror Test for Aldehydes by Leah4sci

 The Tollens Test for Aldehydes, also known as the Silver Mirror Test, is a great way to confirm if an unknown carbonyl is an aldehyde or not. This occurs by reacting the unknown carbonyl with Silver +1 which gets reduced to metallic silver (Ag 0) when the aldehyde is oxidized to a carboxylic acid. This […]

Chirality and Stereochemistry Practice Quiz

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The key to mastering chirality and stereochemistry is through practice, practice, and more practice. But where do you get all those practice problems? After reviewing the videos in my Chirality and Stereochemistry series, and working through the simple questions in each, see how well you’ve mastered the material by trying my Stereochemistry Practice Quiz below. The […]

Alkene Reaction Practice Problem Set

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Alkene reactions are the foundation for all future organic chemistry reactions and mechanisms. To help you build that solid foundation I’ve put together this short quiz testing your knowledge of reactions, reagents, products and additional molecule concepts. These questions range from medium to tricky and should be completed AFTER you’ve studied my Alkene reaction video series since […]