This class was tough.
It's difficult, but rewarding. I believe that organic chemistry is no longer a requirement for most medical schools so there are fewer and fewer reasons to take it. However if you are enrolling in it, be ready to give it plenty of time and attention.
Organic chemistry is a different kind of learning. The most similar experience would be like learning to play sudoku. You learn the rules to the puzzles and try to see what fits. There is also a visualization component where you have to be able to imagine the molecules and rotate them in your head. It is easier for some more than others, but it exercises a part of your brain that few other subjects do.
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Advice for students:
A lot of teachers like to use models and toys to help students visualize. For me it was most helpful to use my fingers. I would imagine molecules at the end of the fingertips and rotate them around as needed. It reminded me of grade school and counting on my fingers, but it was way more helpful for me, especially on exams.