Be able to draw structures rapidly devise resonance

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be able to draw structures rapidly, devise resonance contributors and come up with reaction mechanisms. If you merely read the material passively, you will not succeed. This is similar to reading a book on golf and expecting to shoot par your first time on the course. It just won't happen...you need a lot of practice! You also can't hit the ball around the night before a tournament and expect to do well the next day. Excellence in many sports is the result of cumulative skill development. The same goes for organic chemistry. Finally, do not procrastinate. Cramming for an O-chem exam does not work! I have had straight A students fail this course because they chose to disregard the previous statement. There is simply too much material and too many hours of practice required to get it all done a few days before an exam. As a rule of thumb, you should spend at least 4-5 hours of study time per hour of lecture in order to pass this course. Thus, in one week you should set aside 12-15 hours for the study of organic chemistry (about 2 hours per day). Please note that this is 12-15 hours spread out over each week; not 45 hours crammed in over 2 days before the midterm! If you cannot afford this time commitment, it would be advisable for you to not take the class until you have the time. This class requires a serious commitment and anything less will be clearly reflected in your final grade. Organic chemistry requires visualization for the understanding of concepts. Your text has an excellent web site that provides graphics that can greatly help in this process. In addition, the use of molecular models is very important, especially for the understanding of stereochemistry. It is very rare that a person can visualize the three-dimensional aspects of organic compounds without the aid of models. You will need to learn to do this (visualize without models) but practicing with models can really help. You will not be permitted to use models on the exams. Over the years, I have noticed that many students do a poor job of taking notes in class. Since the test material comes from the topics I stress in class (along with the required prerequisite material), if you miss something in your notes, there is a good possibility that
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you will miss some test questions. If your note-taking skills are inadequate you may want to listen to the podcast of the lecture or compare your notes with a friend. Sometimes, AS lecture notes are made available for the class. However, I cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the notes. Therefore you should use them at your own risk. If you miss a lecture or are missing notes on a particular topic, check with your classmates to get the appropriate notes. Class Schedule: What follows is a schedule of class lectures, holidays and exams. We will be covering chapters 18 through 25 of the text. This represents a significant amount of material so it is important that you do not fall behind! The lectures will approximately follow the schedule indicated; however the exam dates will NOT change.
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