Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Although Jones tends to put problems on his exams that at first glance seem impossible, they are actually very simple problems masked by a facade of complexity. This class initially can feel challenging but with a bit of confidence and the utilization of the resources offered by NYU, it is definitely possible to excel. To do well in this course, it is imperative not to cram study last minute. Learning organic chemistry is like developing a muscle; it cannot happen overnight. I advise students to read their textbooks, study both in groups and independently, go to review sessions and do all of the problems posted by Jones on NYU Classes (practice problems are the best way to prep).
The highlight of this course was when I took the MCAT and the Organic Chemistry portion was a breeze. It was also fascinating to learn chemistry on a molecular and structural basis. It made me start looking at all of the objects around me in a different manner and gave me a more comprehensive understanding of common phenomena I observe on a daily basis.
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I advise students to study daily. Organic Chemistry is cumulative in the sense that if you do not understand something from an earlier chapter, it will most certainly affect you later on. Nail down your weaknesses when they present themselves.