Survival Guide to College Chemistry

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Retaking Organic Chemistry: Part 2, Engage With the Material

Most traditional lectures are a one-sided dialog. The professor actively lectures, the student passively listens. Afterward, the professor tests the class on how well they memorized the lecture. In organic chemistry, however, students are tested on their ability to solve different types of chemistry “puzzles.” Thus, in organic chemistry you are tested on how well you …

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Retaking Organic Chemistry

Retaking Organic Chemistry: Part 1, Managing Your Circumstances

How To Manage Your Class If You Are Retaking Organic Chemistry Organic chemistry has a reputation as being the most challenging science course. On average, 40% of students don’t pass on the first attempt. For most of those students, their final grade has very little to do with their ability to learn the material. Instead, …

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How to Get the Most out of Your Chemistry Study Group

Chemistry is a required subject for a wide range of college majors, and the experience is often different from other classes. We’ve addresses some of the approaches how to succeed in chemistry in other posts on when to take a chemistry class, how to develop good chemistry skills, how to study chemistry, and how to …

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Two Ideas And A Dozen Tips to Make A Perfect Study Space

People often talk about developing study skills as an act of willpower; you have to force yourself to do it. This is true up to a point, but if you make studying more enjoyable and task oriented then you won’t spend so much energy overcoming the dread of doing your homework. A dedicated study space …

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4 Ways to Have An Awesome and Productive Spring Break

Spring break is coming up, which usually means big plans for students. Many of us will be traveling, spending time with friends and family, volunteering, or just looking forward to a week or two to decompress from our hectic school schedule. Unfortunately, the semester doesn’t end just because classes are out. Whatever else you are …

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Functional Groups for Health and Bio Majors

Modern biology is inescapably dependent on organic chemistry.  From macro to micro, ecology to quantum biology, everything we know about life is built on an understanding of events happening at a molecular scale.  This is especially true for healthcare and medicine.  Drug design targets neurological and metabolic pathways with chemicals designed to patch malfunctioning chemical …

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How to Succeed in Chemistry Class: An Incremental Gain Approach

Success in a chemistry class is a particularly hard topic to discuss.  It is a multifaceted and difficult topic that is deeply rooted in the overall cognitive theory and the idea of intelligence.  Luckily, the cognitive science offers some guidance on how to succeed in chemistry.  Let me elaborate. There will be a moment in …

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