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Waiting a semester in between Organic Chem 1 & 2

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  1. longhornatheart

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    Hello all! Happy New Year!

    I just wanted to get everyone's thoughts on how difficult it would be to take organic chem 2 + lab with an entire semester's worth of gap in between organic 1 & 2. Summer 2010 will be dedicated to organic 1 + PCAT and Spring 2011 is when I'm thinking about taking organic 2. I'm getting married during Fall 2010 and I'm not sure how focused I'd be on finals afterward! Thinking about taking an easier course that semester.

    Appreciate the feedback!
     
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  3. PharmBoy8

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    If I were you, I'd see how well I do in orgo 1. If you do very well and you seem to understand it with great deal, you should be able to handle a semester in between, but if you find yourself struggling, I wouldnt take the chance of lossing some of that orgo 1 material.

    my .02
     
  4. aboveliquidice

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    I did a one-semester gap between Org I and II - it wasn't a major issue. You will have to spend some extra time studying on your own at the beginning of the second semester, but it is certainly doable.
     
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    I had a 2 quarter gap in between ochem B and C (we're on a quarter system at the UCs), and it wasn't an issue.

    But there was an ochem lab that I didn't take from 2nd year that I waited until after I graduated. There were some issues there , but I still passed with a C+ :)
     
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    I took Orgo 2 in the spring and in the course of winter break I had forgotten almost everything about Orgo 1. I basically had to refresh and relearn some major concepts anyways as if I had taken a semester off before Orgo 2.
     
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    Depends on how well you mastered Orgo1. In my experiences, remembering material from orgo1 was very important and necessary for my success in orgo2. At least at my university it was heavily emphasized.
     
  8. longhornatheart

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    Thanks for the thoughts everyone. Guess I'll see how I do in orgo 1 first!
     
  9. DocAcclamation

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    Don't think taking a semester gap is a good idea because you will be off rhythm not saying its not possible. Possibility of you doing better is higher taking Orgo 2 right after completing Orgo 1. Also the material will be fresh in your head taking one after the other. Thoughts?
     
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    I need help! I’m taking Organic Chemistry 2 this semester and I’ve completely forgot all of my chemistry. The last time I took Organic Chemistry was 2 years ago!!! Am I screwed?
     
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    How well did you do in OChem 1?
     
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    It got a “C” in O. chem 1
     
  13. lalaland33

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    Ochem 2 is tougher for people than Ochem 1 because you're applying everything you learned from the first class to this one and is more like solving puzzles (IR, HNMR, CNMR, and mass spec). I would suggest reviewing your Ochem 1 notes and going over the lecture with your professor during office hours.
     
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