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- Jan 24, 2017
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Like posted in your blackboard as a powerpoint. I'd really appreciate it. Inbox me? Thanks.
Enjoy whatever down time you have. Pre-studying is bad.
Chill, sleep, enjoy your winter break.
Pre-studying will make zero difference in the long run (aka after like the first week of class).
From personal experience, I recommend getting the textbook (if you haven't already), look at your prof's syllabus, and start learning the reactions in the chapters that he/she listed off. I can't argue w/ enjoying your winter break as mentioned above either.
Thanks but pre-studying really works for me. Taking it this summer and forming a general context of the main concepts is all I want to do with lecture slides and Khan.
Personally, I didn't find OSL that helpful. It makes sense reading it in retrospect but it didn't help me when I was first learning it. You need to find what works for you, so try a couple different approaches. For me it was just about working problems and then figuring out why I got them right or wrong and learning Ochem in a way that made sense to me. I missed a perfect score on the ACS ochem exam by 1 point and finished 30 mins early for whatever that's worth
This may be an unpopular opinion but I found Organic Chemistry as a second language quite useless. The concepts it teaches are far too basic. The organic chemistry class I took at my college went into way more detail and went over a ton of concepts not in the book. As others have said you could use it as a supplement (just be aware that your class most likely will quickly surpass the scope of the books) but if you are really looking to study up on it I would simply review/read the text book (if you know which text book you are going to be using).
What's ACS ochem exam?
American Chemical Society’s standardized organic chemistry exam aka final exam hell. Just wait. You’ll see.
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Haha that exam actually saved my grade. Our prof was SO HARD that the ACS exam was actually easy. He was the only professor available to us, so we had him for the entire year. So. Much. Pain.
I got Organic Chemistry as a Second Language - First semester topics and THANK YOU to anyone who recommended it, I am ordering Second Semester Topics too.
Now my question is, are there other pre-study goldmines you guys would recommend for physics or biochemistry? Are MCAT subject reviews really good for pre-studying though? I thought about using those throughout the course.