CHEM 2OA3

Organic Chemistry I

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Prof: Paul Harrison / Fall 2020

Aug 28, 2021

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Don't walk into orgo thinking it's a GPA killer and that you'll inevitably do bad, put in the work and it will pay off. It's just a course that requires a lot of time, effort, and discipline to succeed in - but it is certainly possible. This course was a lot more conceptual and theory-based so it's really important to pay attention and do a ton of practice to master the concepts.

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Dr. Harrison is a good prof, great at teaching organic chemistry, but I'd put his lectures on 1.5x speed all the time as he does talk suuuuper slowly. Pretty loveable guy and decently entertaining at times.

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- Read the Klein supplementary text "Organic Chemistry as a 2nd Language" for the chapter you'll be covering that week in advance - I found this resource incredibly helpful for 2OA3 especially since it details key concepts. I used it as a primer before I actually watched lectures or read the legit textbook, but it helped me remember things to keep in mind as I studied that weeks' chapter - Don't bother taking extensive notes for this course as it's not one where memorization will help you. I got a thicc notebook where I just wrote down the key concepts for each chapter, and the rest of it was filled with practice. 2OA3 is definitely more conceptual but just make sure your notes capture the essential info, since you're given comprehensive lecture notes anyways - Do all of the in-text and ...read more

Grade: A-Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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Prof: Paul Harrison / Spring 2021

Aug 26, 2021

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The term tests were fine, and the labs were fair if you went to the TA sessions and asked for help there. But that exam.... I would have actually enjoyed the course if the exam hadn't "backside attacked" me.

Comments on the professor

He's a nice guy. I really enjoyed his live sessions. However he talks veery slowly. Modules are long. By the end I had completely zoned out what he was saying, and just copied the notes down from the lecture slides. Don't really recommend that tho.

Grade: AWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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Prof: Paul Harrison / Fall 2020

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

Pretty tough and not a very interesting class, but definitely manageable with a ton of practice. Tests and the final exam were hard, but fair.

Comments on the professor

Prof. Harrison was pretty dry, and at times had quite an interesting sense of humour. But I'll always treasure "do the twist, do the twist, do the twist"

Advice

Keep up with the work and do NOT fall behind. Orgo is a course that requires consistent practice. The question banks are your very best friend when it comes to studying for the tests.

Grade: A-Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes

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