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 […]

Recommended Organic Chemistry Books

Organic Chemistry is a subject mastered through studying and practice, practice, practice. But how do you know what to practice? Homework problems assigned by your professor  Do additional homework problems not assigned. If you look through the back of your textbook you will realize that many of the practice problems are VERY SIMILAR. Therefore, if […]

Flashcards – The Secret to Memorization When Study Time is Limited

flashcards for studying

Do you find your day too busy for proper studying? Do you find that memorizing a list of topics, definitions or concepts is not effective after a long day? Do you need more time to study? One simple solution will (help) solve all the above problems. Flashcards Picture this: you’re preparing for an upcoming history […]

3 Reasons to Take Notes In Class


In addition to paying attention in class, lecture notes can be your most powerful study resource. Yet many students don’t bother with it, thinking they can get necessary information from their textbook, PowerPoint presentation, or the student in the next row. This is not the case. Taking notes is not only about having a ‘set […]

Where you Sit MATTERS

where you sit matters

When it comes to high school or college seating arrangements, students can usually choose their own seats. Chances are you don’t give it a second thought and slide into the closest empty seat or perhaps a seat near your friend. While you are not confined to this seat, you likely wind up in the same […]

How to Combat Summer Learning Loss

Summer vacation, the joyous break from a year of learning, actually originated much more purposefully. In the summer, children were needed to help with planting and harvesting on the farm. And while you probably buy your food at the local supermarket, you still look forward to glorious release from academic responsibility. Unfortunately, education isn’t something […]