This class was tough.
Holmgren makes the class fun to learn. Even if you don't have an interest in organic chemistry and even though it is a hard class, my classmates and I would enjoy the class because of the professor's ability to make it relevant. Only reason why I slightly disliked the course was because I believe mechanisms are important, but for the ACS final, you seem to do better if you memorized reactions.
Nomenclature is boring. The most interesting thing from the course is to learn retrosynthesis. It's most applicable, in my opinion, to future possibilities. Such as if you need a certain polymer; you can figure out how you can effectively synthesize the product given a starting reagent.
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Advice for students:
Memorize general pKa trends very first thing. Then memorize what the reagents do in general terms, such as reducing a ketone or adding an alcohol group. Then focus on mechanisms. You can figure out almost how anything works if you know those three things.