Since this thread got bumped I'm going to follow up with a recap on my easy professor with his progressive style.
So for most of the year I was under the impression that I had an easy professor. I'm taking classes at a satellite campus of my local state school. Initially I was under the impression that it was a cc but I confirmed they're the same as main campus classes. Anyway. Convinced he was just being easy on us. There was no curve, simply because the class average was usually between 75-80. After talking to folks on here and seeing some of their exams I sort of got the impression the difference was mainly in the volume of material tested at any time, and maybe we skipped a couple parts of the curriculum, like radical reactions polymers and mass spec.
Anyway. Long story short we took the national organic exam a couple days back and I did OK. If you use the percentile scale from last year I got somewhere on the order of 96%’ile which I'll take happily, especially considering our prof said there was a fair amount of material that we didn't learn.
I guess what I'm getting at is that it might be the prof that makes the difference, but I would say a lot of it has to do with the volume covered. Maybe there's something in saying less is more, and if you cut out some less relevant stuff (he did say he tailored the course towards pre-health students) you can focus on the fundamentals, which lead to more success down the line.
My two. Good luck to anyone taking it in the future. Some more advice- if you're relying on memorization you're doing it wrong.