Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course was absolutely amazing because Professor Sorenson and Professor Knowles were so excited to teach students about organic chemistry, engaging and dynamic in how they taught the course, and dedicated to each student. They really wanted to make the class as enjoyable as possible and were incredibly receptive to students who reached out to them for help.
As a premed student and a possible chemistry major, I was required to take two semesters of organic chemistry. Where the first semester was stressful, the second was less so because I was more familiar with how the course worked. Since this was the second semester, it was a continuation of the first semester's reactions, specifically focusing on the versatile chemistry of the carbonyl group. The highlight of this course was definitely the professors. Both Erik and Rob were so engaging and taught the material so well. Instead of providing packets of notes to be filled out as the lecture progressed, the professors used the old-school chalkboard to teach the reactions. This made it so much easier to follow the material because you were learning it as you were writing it down. Both professors loved when students engaged with them to ask questions, and they were incredibly receptive to meeting with students outside of class to provide additional help.
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Advice for students:
To succeed in this course, I strongly suggest that you study the course material for at least three hours a week. This could mean reading and reviewing the lecture notes, making flashcards with the important reactions and a few examples of how they occur in problems, seeking out problems from the book, or just working on the weekly problem set with a friend. I found that by changing my study habits from the first semester of organic chemistry, where I waited until the test arrived to review the material and I relied on practice tests to learn the important trends, to include more weekly studying, the course seem so much more manageable and enjoyable; because of this, I felt that I got the most out of this course, and it made organic chemistry seem a lot less scary.
This class was tough.
I recommend this course to anyone who needs to fulfill this requirement. It is an extremely challenging class that requires an outstanding amount of outside studying and work. The material does not come easy, but the professors are willing to help as long as you ask. Problem sets are optional, but if you want to do well then you must do them. It is not a class to be taken lightly and it will probably take the most time in terms of class/lab hours and also outside studying out of all classes. However, the professors, preceptors, and lab TA's are all very helpful and make it worthwhile.
I gained an understanding of organic chemistry and also learned how to study more efficiently. In addition to learning the basics of organic chemistry, I became very proficient in the laboratory. After a year of general chemistry and then a year of organic chemistry, my lab skills became very sharp. This course especially helped with my lab skills.
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Advice for students:
Try your best not to fall behind in this class because it is very difficult to catch up and all of the exams are cumulative. Also, do not wait to reach out for help. Start setting up a schedule for when to study, create study groups, meet with a tutor weekly, and definitely create a relationship with the professor. One of the greatest parts about taking this course is the people involved, take advantage of them.