This class was tough.
I would recommend this course for students considering a career in the health science field, chemistry, or organic chemistry. Organic chemistry requires a strong work ethic and perseverance that, when exercised, will be extremely valuable in medical school or a graduate program for another health science or chemistry degree. Also, this course provides the basic principles of organic chemistry, which can have some applications in medication usage and production. Lastly, this course requires thinking in a "new way" that can be very constructive for various students. I would not, however, recommend this course for students who are not considering a career in health sciences, chemistry, or organic chemistry, because the principles addressed in this course would not be applicable for many other majors.
One highlight of this course was being able to think in a new, conceptual and critical way. I was certainly challenged in this course, but with a lot of hard work, I noticed that I was grasping the material a little more each and every week, which was very rewarding.
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Advice for students:
Organic Chemistry 211 can be a valuable course, but it is important to stay on top of the topics and concepts being taught. It is often very difficult for students to "regain ground," so to speak, if one misses classes or does not regularly review the material learned. One additional resource that was an enormous help was the peer review sessions held by the Organic Chemistry Peer Fellow. The Peer Fellows are able to explain information reviewed in class in a much simpler way, and provide practice problems that are extremely helpful on class exams. I would definitely suggest taking advantage of any resources outside of class in addition to the review sessions, including Peer Tutor sessions, homework practice problems, and office hours.