Organic Chemistry Syllabus Companion Topics List

Ace Organic Chemistry Syllabus Companion by Leah4sci Leah Fisch

Knee deep in Orgo topics? Looking to replace boring, sterile, formal reading with step-by-step Videos and colorful Tutorials? Use the guide below to quickly find everything you need. Match up your professor’s Organic Chemistry syllabus to my Orgo Tutorials, Videos, Cheat Sheets, and Practice Quizzes! Start PRE-LEARNING as much as you can. This will help you […]

Organic Chemistry Pre-Finals Video 1

The first step in pre-final success is setting yourself up FOR success. Video 1 is all about the ‘Backwards Calendar’. What does this mean? How will it help? Watch and find out Found this page through a friend? Sign up at for the entire mini-series   Video 2 to follow shortly In the meantime, after leaving a […]

Newspaper Strategy For Increasing your MCAT Verbal (CARS) Score

Newspaper Strategy for MCAT Verbal Reasoning

The MCAT’s Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section is a challenge for many pre-med students. You may have spent your undergrad studying the sciences without much time for casual or academic reading. Also, unlike the sciences you are used to, you can’t study cold hard facts to improve your verbal (CARS) score. As an MCAT […]

The Secret to Conquering Study Procrastination

secret to conquering study procrastination

Picture this scenario. You know you have to study for a big exam, but you’re not confident with the material. You open your book to study, find yourself getting more and more frustrated, and just give up. You know you need to study, but keep finding good reasons to procrastinate until the day before the […]

The Secret To Effective Studying During Chores, Workouts, and Mundane Tasks

studying during mundane tasks - Leah Fisch

As a college student studying organic chemistry among a load of other courses, you are likely a very busy person! And if you’re like me, you probably feel guilty every time you do something that doesn’t involve studying! Every day you have many mundane tasks to complete. While you would prefer to be studying, you […]

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 […]

Organic Chemistry Model Kit and Why You Should NOT Rely On It

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 […]

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 […]