Pencil Trick For Classifying Primary Secondary and Tertiary Carbon Atoms

pencil trick for identifying degree of carbon atoms

As an organic chemistry tutor, one of the first and more complicated topics that my students need help with is how to quickly recognize primary, secondary and tertiary carbon atoms within a molecule. There are a number of ways to do this. I’ll explain them then show you a trick you can apply to get […]

What Every Student Needs To Know About Studying In The Bathroom

studying in the bathroom

Have you ever considered how much time you waste when you’re in the bathroom? Do you ever do something to pass the time while you’re on the can? For example, read a magazine or book, answer text messages or emails, etc. Here’s a trick to learn more information and minimize study distractions without adding any […]

Don’t Rely On Your Organic Chemistry Model Kit

organic chemistry model kit caution

If your professor says you can use your organic chemistry model kit on exams, I say DON’T. Don’t rely on it that is. Organic chemistry is a 3-dimensional subject that you learn on 2-dimensional paper. I know this sounds confusing but as an orgo student you’ll learn many tricks to work through 3-D problems on […]

How To Avoid Organic Chemistry Study Burnout

avoid organic chemistry study burnout

Study burnout – the fatal flaw the strikes organic chemistry students It’s the week before your organic chemistry exam and you have five chapters to cover in seven days. Plenty of time, right? You set an ambitious schedule to cover a chapter a day for the first five days. Being the good student that you […]

10 Signs That You Are Ready For Your Organic Chemistry Final

cyclooctane stop sign

Are you at the point where you’re ‘so done’ with your organic chemistry semester? Here are 10 signs that you’ve been at this a bit too long (submitted by Deborah) 10. When you see a Stop Sign you shout “Cyclooctane” 9. You mistakenly call your dog Benji ‘Benzene’ 8. When you saw the Red & Black […]

Turn Off Your Cell Phone

Turn off your cell phone while studying

Do you sneak glances at your phone while trying to be productive? I’m guilty of it, too. It just takes 2 seconds to see who sent that text, another 5 seconds to reply – no big deal, right? WRONG! If your ideal 45-90 minute study session is constantly interrupted, how much work are you really […]

How Reading Your Organic Chemistry Textbook Prior To Lecture Can Save You Hours Of Study Time

Reading Your Organic Chemistry Textbook

Proper study habits take time to develop as a college student. Even the most conscientious students may not be aware of all that is required to properly succeed. As for reading your organic chemistry textbook? eh, that’s something you do the night before exams, right? WRONG!   Think about it what they told you during […]

Organic Chemistry Summer Survival Tips

surviving summer organic chemistry

So you’re taking organic chemistry over the summer? Perhaps this decision is your personal choice, or perhaps academic or life events dictate that it has to be this way. On the upside you will be getting a 12-14 week course out of the way in a span of 5-8 weeks. On the downside, you will […]

Why Organic Chemistry is So Darn Difficult

why organic chemistry is so difficult

If you ask any student who has completed their science, chemistry, or pre-med requirements, which course they found to be the most difficult, the answer will be almost unanimously, organic chemistry Why Is Organic Chemistry So Darn Difficult? Organic chemistry is the most dreaded of all science classes. It has the highest failure rate, lowest […]

Passive vs Active Reading

Active Vs Passive Reading

Have you ever found yourself investing a great deal of time into reading your notes, only to realize that you don’t remember a word of what you just read? Do you find yourself investing a great deal of study time, but it doesn’t appear to help? You may be attempting to study passively, and your […]