Survival Guide to College Chemistry

The Pomodoro Technique for Chemistry Students

The Pomodoro Technique is an excellent time management tool for chemistry students. It uses a timer to help divide study time into work sessions, called Pomodoro’s 🍅. Each pomodoro consists of 25 minutes of focused study, followed by a 5-minute break. It’s a simple formula, but it really does get results. Most chemistry students don’t …

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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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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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