The 20-Page Summary Of Org 1 That Should Have Come With Your Textbook
It’s six weeks before the o-chem final.
Every week the professor is covering new material, and each week, he pauses at the end and says, “Makes sense? Everybody got it?”
Everybody in the room looks at him and glumly nods as they shuffle out of the room.
Resonance… Stereochemistry. … Substitution…Alkenes. It can get overwhelming.
And as you study, hour after hour after hour again, it’s easy to wonder if you’re the only one who doesn’t get it.
Hi I’m James Ashenhurst. I graduated from McGill University with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and then worked two years doing organic chemistry at MIT.
Over the past four years as an online organic chemistry tutor, I’ve spent countless hours observing students struggling through organic chemistry, first at the basic levels and then with the more advanced material. I understand how overwhelming it can be when a professor is shotgunning new concepts at you every day. They’ve moved on five steps forward - while you’re still looking two steps back.
And the worst part? Everybody else in the room seems to get it. Everyone except you.
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But there is one more challenging thing that almost nobody talks about. You see, we don’t just go to college just to try to get A’s. We’re not just here on our own. As John Donne said, “No man is an island”. We go through college thinking of our friends, and most of all, our family, who made sacrifices for us so that we could take the athletic lessons we learned as kids, to learn piano, to go to the best college we could go to. And so here we are, years after they sacrificed everything for us, it’s now our opportunity - our opportunity to do our best. To show everyone who knows us what we’re capable of.
In a way it all comes down to this. These tests in our o-chem course are not just about chemistry. It’s about the future - becoming a dentist, a doctor, or other esteemed professional. And of course about making our parents, our friends, our family - proud.
But back to the classroom. The professor is shotgunning concept after concept. Everyone asks, what are we supposed to do? The answer, of course, what all of us do, is to study more. “ I’ll just stay up later!” “ I’ll take a Red Bull!” “I’ll take a Monster energy drink! Whatever it takes, because I’m committed to acing this test - and if not acing, at least passing. "
But with every passing day, more and more people start to realize, “I’ve got a big problem. Because I can’t even learn what he taught us three weeks ago! And now we’ve moved on! And the impending doom of the final is coming up, and I don’t know what to do.”
I saw this happening again and again with students, but it mystified me. Over the years of studying organic chemistry, I could see how the course is built up from a small number of important concepts that repeat themselves in patterns, again and again. I asked myself, what is it that I see that they don’t?
I started asking my students and looking at their study notes, and I realized - we do things in a completely different way.
What I noticed is that typical o-chem students try to absorb everything the professor says with no sense of priority or structure. They get lost in the thicket of details and can’t “zoom out” from there to see the big picture.
What I did was something very different.
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