This class was tough.
While I cannot speak for the other professors, Professor Weizman was one of the best professors I have ever had at UCSD. A large portion of his lectures were spent on doing practice problems that were similar to what we saw on our exams. He also made sure that we were understanding things rather than just memorizing facts, and he offered lots of extra help outside of lecture for people who were struggling.
This course is the second course in the Organic Chemistry series and focuses on the methods of analysis and chemistry of hydrocarbons as well the chemistry of the carbonyl group. Professor Weizman clarified certain points that were rushed through in CHEM 140A, such as why the chemistry of a certain molecule would result in an elimination rather than a substitution reaction. Additionally, our TAs' explanations on NMRs were thorough and extremely helpful for all of our exams.
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Advice for students:
If you plan on taking this course, don't go into it thinking that you can get away with studying just before exam time. That sort of strategy will inevitably fail, as this is a class based in understanding and not just memorizing facts. Also, make sure that you aren't taking too many other hard courses in that quarter or you may end up burning yourself out.