This class was tough.
The course itself is known for being difficult. I remember I would ask past students what made it so, and they would be unable to explain it to me. I think the difficulty of the material stems from the limited exposure to this kind of material in the past. At first, this amount and area of science can be overwhelming because it requires a different kind of studying, relying not solely on memorization, but on logic and practice. Especially, in this course, a set of principles are taught and then later explored in a large varying number of practice problems. What is important to know, is that a lot of tutoring is offered and many office hours are available. A lot of the knowledge you will learn will heavily rely on self-study.
I think this course helped me prepare for the second course of organic chemistry. Yes, the topics were seen in the second course, but it was finding a way to study that helped me succeed in the following course. My highlights for this course, were improving my grades as the semester went on and learning to approach problems in the correct way.
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Advice for students:
Make a study plan and try to figure out which method of studying works for you. Definitely work with others but do not rely solely on them. Remember to study on your own because it is equally as important, if not more.