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Today I’m going to talk about the death of all pre-med subjects: Organic Chemistry. Everyone seems to dread it and many seem to struggle with it. I got an A in Organic Chemistry I and I currently have an A in Organic Chemistry II so I thought I’d share some of my study tips.
1. Read/skim the chapters prior to hearing them in lecture. I’m not very good at this one myself, but I admit it does help.
2. Consolidate all of your notes into one little notebook. Re-writing all the reactions and mechanisms help you to remember them. It also helps not to have to flip back and forth in your textbook while you’re studying. Everything you need to know for the exam will all be in your little notebook. Here’s a picture of one page in my notebook.
3. Practice, practice, practice. Do as many problems in the textbook as you can. If you don’t get it right the first time, that’s ok. Learn how to do it, mark it and keep moving on. Then GO BACK later and try it again. If you still don’t get it, try it again later. I think a mistake a lot of students make is when they don’t get the problem right, they read the solution manual and it makes sense to them so they move on. Understanding the solution manual is not the same as knowing how to solve the problem.
4. Lastly, it’s generally much much much more helpful to understand the mechanisms and reagents rather than to just memorize them. Don’t get me wrong. If it’s the day before the exam and you are still completely lost, by all means, memorize the crap out of those reactions. Trust me though. It’s much more helpful to understand the material. It will get overwhelming.
My school has a lot of free supplemental help offered outside of class and I take advantage of those when I can. It NEVER hurts and helps a lot to hear other people’s rational on how they solve problems.
cyberfricking asked: Ok I'm really jealous that you're so close to graduating. And this blog was a really cool idea omg I also am going to be a bio major and pursue a career in the field of medicine, but I'm only a high school senior lol
You should be so excited to graduate high school soon! It’s just another stepping stone like my undergrad. :D That’s awesome that you’re going to be a bio major. I’ve enjoyed my classes. Just work hard and it’ll pay off. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
A couple of exams this week and then I’m off to visit my family for the weekend. I am so ready for this week to be over! I’m feeling a bit like this:
I’m a biology major who is graduating in approximately one year and I plan on becoming a doctor. I’ll save lives and what not. It’s kind of a big deal. This is my way of documenting this long journey; My experiences, my thoughts, my frustrations, my rewards.. the whole nine yards.