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Okay so I've watched all of chads gen chem and orgo videos. All seemed pretty simple, some tough stuff here and there. I then decided to move into the 2020 DAT destroyer and I honestly will get 1-3 right out of 20. This shiz blows my mind. How do you learn from this material?? I didn't see half of this stuff in Chads videos let alone undergrad. Other threads have said "don't worry if you only get half right the first time," lol I'm getting a solid 10-20% right. What do I do guys? I am sitting here with my jaw on the floor wanting to cry lmao
 

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You are not alone, many students find our materials challenging. Our materials are not easy that is true, but results speak for themselves. Students who can master our work get high DAT scores, and often 30's in some sections.

Better to find out while studying what you don't know than on test day.

You may hate the Destroyer today, but it will become your friend in time. A student many years ago said he threw the Destroyer against the wall and yelled at it. My response to him was to pick it back up and show it love. In the end the student received a high score and has been a dentist for many years.

Keep going I promise it will get better, if you are only getting 17 correct out of 20, focus on those 17, make any weakness a strength, getting a high DAT score takes a lot of hard work. And no one wants to take the DAT more than once, it's expensive and ego deflating to sit for the test again.

Wishing you the best!

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You are not alone, many students find our materials challenging. Our materials are not easy that is true, but results speak for themselves. Students who can master our work get high DAT scores, and often 30's in some sections.

Better to find out while studying what you don't know than on test day.

You may hate the Destroyer today, but it will become your friend in time. A student many years ago said he threw the Destroyer against the wall and yelled at it. My response to him was to pick it back up and show it love. In the end the student received a high score and has been a dentist for many years.

Keep going I promise it will get better, if you are only getting 17 correct out of 20, focus on those 17, make any weakness a strength, getting a high DAT score takes a lot of hard work. And no one wants to take the DAT more than once, it's expensive and ego deflating to sit for the test again.

Wishing you the best!

Nancy
What's your advice for going about the problems? Are many of the problems similar in terms of concepts? I just look at each question and figure it out using the solution and think "okay yea that makes sense" but then move on to the next question and it happens again and again. I see there are hundreds of questions so many of them must be similar to reinforce concepts, right? Any service is greatly appreciated!
 
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Yes you are doing things correctly, many of my classroom students and online students have experienced the same dilemma. just don't give up! I do think our DAT Study Guide will offer some direction that you might find helpful.

Hopefully some other student will chime in too! I have been doing this a long time and never seen a student fail who was willing to put in the work. Always #think 30 and never, ever lose sight of the goal!
 

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What's your advice for going about the problems? Are many of the problems similar in terms of concepts? I just look at each question and figure it out using the solution and think "okay yea that makes sense" but then move on to the next question and it happens again and again. I see there are hundreds of questions so many of them must be similar to reinforce concepts, right? Any service is greatly appreciated!

The first time I went through the Destroyer in its entirety, I think I only managed to get slightly less than half of the questions correct. Don't worry - you're not alone! You need to use the question, answers, and solutions in the back to guide your learning. Some people like taking notes and re-explaining the solution in a way that makes sense to them, and then putting it into a notebook or flashcards of some sort. I personally flagged the questions to go over again in the future to see if I learned. After a couple of times I would put the questions into a notebook I had.

I used pretty much only the Destroyer for my sciences and math review, so let me know if I can give any more advice! Best of luck.
 

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You are not alone my friend. I think I got maybe 3-5 out of 20 as well first.

What helped me was that I really took my time to review the question answers. In addition, questions are set up in a way that the book quizzes you on the same concept over and over. For example, question 1 may have a diels-alder reaction question and question 15 or 20 will ask a very similar question. At least that's the pattern I noticed. Use this pattern to really drill down to the concept and engrave it on your brain... :)

So, don't be discouraged because eventually on your 2nd or 3rd time, it will be like a breeze. I can attest to it... The second time through the Destroyer OC section (my favorite section) took almost 1/5 of the 1st time through.

Lastly, before going through sections, always review concepts that you know you continue to get wrong, or that you feel like you don't know enough. For example, I read Bootcamp notes and Destroyer Roadmap always before I solved 100-200 problems.
 
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You are not alone my friend. I think I got maybe 3-5 out of 20 as well first.

What helped me was that I really took my time to review the question answers. In addition, questions are set up in a way that the book quizzes you on the same concept over and over. For example, question 1 may have a diels-alder reaction question and question 15 or 20 will ask a very similar question. At least that's the pattern I noticed. Use this pattern to really drill down to the concept and engrave it on your brain... :)

So, don't be discouraged because eventually on your 2nd or 3rd time, it will be like a breeze. I can attest to it... The second time through the Destroyer OC section (my favorite section) took almost 1/5 of the 1st time through.

Lastly, before going through sections, always review concepts that you know you continue to get wrong, or that you feel like you don't know enough. For example, I read Bootcamp notes and Destroyer Roadmap always before I solved 100-200 problems.
Thats great to hear! Thank you
 
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