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    March 28, 2015 at 3:15 am
    QuickSelver, post: 308, member: 6 wrote:
    What books did you use to study for orgo?

    Well, I’ll be taking Organic Chemistry this summer and our textbook is Organic Chemistry by Janice Smith. The 1000+ pages have me worried. Plus, many students tell me it’s not easy, so I bought Organic Chemistry for Dummies as well because chemistry isn’t exactly my favorite subject. The book arrived two days ago, and the mechanisms look daunting. Are all of them really that important? How do I not mix them up? I hope to have read the Dummies book before class starts in mid-May.

    Plasmin, post: 309, member: 0 wrote:
    Organic chemistry was a nightmare. It should be illegal :rolleyes:
    But since, Human Right Watch haven’t banned it yet, we don’t have a choice.
    So I think the key is repetition… And maybe try to write them down? Some of my class mates were so desperate they put some equations and molecules as desktop backgrounds on their laptops. So they would read whenever they turned on their computers. It helped.

    I find the description amusing and scary, but I like the background idea, and will surely use it when the time comes. Thank you for sharing that. :)

    MedEdGuru, post: 310, member: 63 wrote:
    [USER=45]Plasmin[/USER] Index cards helped me through it all and learning through a variety of ways – video, flash cards, memory game, teaching it to others, etc.

    I second the teaching it to others tip, it really reinforces all that one learns and helps in quick recall. And I really like teaching others, so I started a blog where I post my notes for the classes I’m taking. It’s in blooming phase right now. Hope to attract more students. *fingers crossed*

    QuickSelver, post: 311, member: 6 wrote:
    Overall Orgo was HELL! I need to understand stuff to memorize it, with organic chemistry you really cant understand anything until you get down the road to biochemistry.

    How does Biochemistry compare to Organic Chemistry? And what aspects of Inorganic chemistry are important for Biochemistry? I think chemical equilibrium (acids-bases) is significant. Sorry about all the questions, but I’m curious now.