This class was tough.
Mike Naffziger is an absolutely fantastic instructor; that's not to say his class is easy by any means, but he has a passion for Organic Chemistry that really shines. He will satisfy most any curiosity in the world of Chemistry, and is unbelievably dedicated to his students. There is a lot of homework, but there's no getting around that in this subject. The important thing was that Mike never assigns anything he doesn't think is helpful, and I never felt like I wasted any time that I put into his class.
Mike's passion for O-Chem was the true highlight of this course. His thorough understanding of the subject as well as his personality make him a fantastic teacher. In this course, the chemical synthesis ideas really start to mesh together, which is really satisfying by the end of the term. Mike is great at explaining not only what happens, but why it happens and why that's useful, and he often knows some real-world examples that are very helpful.
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Advice for students:
Staying on to of the homework is paramount to success in this class. While it's only between 10 and 15 percent of the grade, the key to success in Organic Chemistry is practice, which you only get from doing practice problems, often for hours on end; however, as tedious and boring as that may sound (and sometimes it definitely can be), I never ever felt like any of the practice was a waste of my time, and I was always glad I did it when test time came around.