6 Month MCAT Study Plan + PDF

“If you had 6 months to prepare for the MCAT, what would you do in that time?” For many students, the plan looks something like this Pick a test date ‘far enough’ in the future Get some resources without knowing much about them Study, study, study but without a strategic plan or measurable progress There’s […]

Intro to Balancing Redox Reactions

Balancing Redox Reactions is about more than just balancing atoms. Since oxidation and reduction involve the transfer of electrons, we also have to keep an eye on atoms and charge. Balancing Redox Equations Video 1 – Introduction to Balancing Redox Reactions The first thing to master in balancing redox is how to balance atoms and […]

Alkyne Acid Catalyzed Hydration Reaction and Mechanism

Alkynes, like alkenes, can undergo acid-catalyzed hydration. However, since alkynes are slower to react under these conditions we prefer to use alternative reactions. This video walks you through the step by step reaction and mechanism including the final enol-keto tautomerization. (Watch on YouTube: Alkyne Hydration. Click CC  for Transcription.) <– Watch Previous Video: Alkyne Reduction Hydrogenation Reaction and Mechanism […]

A 3 Month MCAT Study Plan

“If you were retaking the MCAT and had just 3 months to prepare, what would you do?” This is a question I often hear from students who postpone their MCAT, or students who are dissatisfied with their scores and looking to retest. I was very hesitant to publish this plan given that I believe you […]

2020 MCAT Test Dates

Taking the MCAT in 2020? The dates are finally out though registration doesn’t open until late October. Looks like once again we have 2 different testing calendars for the US and Canada with more Canadian dates later in the cycle, perhaps to accommodate the rolling admissions for hard deadlines? 2020 cycle is over, Click HERE to see […]

Acid Base Equilibrium Organic Chemistry Practice Questions

Ranking acids and bases are about more than just knowing which is stronger/weaker. This video walks you through a few practice questions where you’re asked to determine the position of equilibrium for acid-base reactions WITHOUT using PKA values. Instead, we’re using CARIO to determine which acids and bases are stronger and predicting the reaction direction […]

Organic Chemistry Study Hall Semester Pass

Is your Organic Chem Class destroying your confidence? Are you doing what you’ve always done to master other classes, but suddenly it’s not enough? Are you overwhelmed with trying to memorize page after page of reactions, reagents, mechanisms, arrows, and more? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I get it. I’ve been there! In fact… I nearly failed Organic Chemistry the first […]

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 […]