The Most Common Reaction to Organic Chemistry
I can’t tell you how many times I have mentioned what I do and all I hear is “Ugh…Organic chemistry.” This is typically followed up by some story about OChem that includes words like difficult, terrible, nauseous, traumatic, etc.Sound familiar?
And some of the words contain 4-letters. I am pretty sure you can figure them out.
This has not been my experience at all. And I know what you are thinking. It is not because I have spent many hours studying the material. I have chosen to see it differently.
My Introduction to Organic Chemistry
I remember walking into my first semester of organic chemistry and loving it. I enjoyed ever part of it. However, the next semester was different.
I walked into organic II and saw the professor who was notorious for failing students. Immediately, I walked out and switched professors.I wondered – Is it necessary to fail students? Does organic chemistry really need be that hard? Is there a better way to teach OChem?
Just to let you know, I did just fine with a new professor.
A Different Way of Looking at Organic Chemistry
I realized that in order to change the perspective of organic chemistry, I would need to look at it completely different. I would have to stop looking at it as “organic chemistry.”So, I asked…“What would organic chemistry look like if I knew nothing about it?”
I simply saw lines and letters. And a few arrows and dots.It was here that “organic chemistry” became something else.
Seeing the patterns in organic chemistry
Organic chemistry, like most things, has a pattern – from the layout of textbooks to the way it is taught across the world.
Every image, reaction scheme and mechanism has a pattern. And these patterns can be broken down to dramatically simplify “the most feared undergraduate class.”
Let me show you what I mean…
Organic chemistry is simply a set a tools. These tools are things you see each and every day; lines, letters, dots and arrows.
Is this different than anything else in your life?
Simplifying Organic Chemistry to Simplify Your Life
I have spent many years studying and researching these ideas. I have tested this new approach and the results are wonderful.
What is great about these patterns is that they act like a template. They adapt to any class material you are learning. And they adapt to any teaching style.Organic chemistry is not different from any other class you are taking. So – treat it that way.
I feel that the whole idea of OCHEM is essentially still the same – difficult and hard to pass. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Therefore, I have simplified organic chemistry in order to change your experience.
See organic chemistry, not as a barrier, but as another stepping stone that is leading you closer to your dreams!