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    Nov 30, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is a kind person who offers extra credit at times. The labs are not difficult if you have good partners. He even breaks the tests up into two chapters each. The problem is that he is highly disorganized and sometimes needs you to return papers he's graded because he forgot to record the scores. Also, he cannot answer some of the questions he assigns in detail necessary to do well on exams. You have to spend many, many hours studying on your own.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about molecular geometry, kinetics, how to convert alkanes to alkynes and alkenes to alcohols, etc.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Focus only on this class while you take it.

    • Fall 2016
    • Benrashid
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Meetings Outside of Class Requires Lots of Research
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    Oct 05, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend Organic Chemistry at Central Piedmont Community College if you live in the Charlotte area. The daunting rumors that loom over this course for any person can make one hesitant to take the course but, Dr. Michelle Esancy nailed teaching it. While her class is very demanding, she wants to ensure every student understands the material. She is very organized and detailed as she goes through concepts which aids students in their ability to grasp the material. She brings a humor to the classroom which makes for an enjoyable learning environment-quite opposite for what you would think for an Organic Chemistry course.

    Course highlights:

    She does give the opportunity to earn extra points on test which can significantly boost your grade, but you definitely have to study for those extra points. The most invaluable lesson I learned from taking this course is to never let other students experiences influence how your experience will be in the course. I have a great work ethic and a highly organized student and that's a major contributor to success in this course. No matter what the rumors are for a course or a specific professor, never let them shape or determine what you're experience will be. Often times, the students writing negative reviews for teachers don't have a great work ethic and lack the discipline for demanding courses.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would admonish every student enrolling in this course to stay organized and to study every day. It's impossible to procrastinate and do well on exams. Come to class every day and take detailed notes. Ask questions until you understand the material. Utilize study groups for additional reinforcement if needed. Read as much as you can prior to class to retain the material at a faster rate.

    • Fall 2015
    • Esancy
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    May 12, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It is a fascinating subject and invaluable if you intend to study life sciences.

    Course highlights:

    From taking this course you gain a functional knowledge of the structures and interactions of organic compounds. You will learn how to name molecules, their basic functional groups, a variety of reactions that can be employed in organic synthesis, and many more interesting additions.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book over and over again. Make sure you really think about each statement as you read it and get a good visual in your mind of what the author means.

    • Fall 2015
    • John peters
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Participation Counts


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