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What is Organic Chemistry? How do I study for it?
Think of organic chemistry as a second language. You need to learn it. Organic chemistry, also called "o-chem" or "orgo", is the study of carbon-containing compounds and molecules. Unlike many of the other sciences, org chem is very creative, as there are many ways to create the molecules that you will learn about during your class. The reactions of organic chemistry can be interesting and beautiful at the same time. O-chem has many, many real-world applications, including pharmaceutical creation, polymer discovery and synthesis, and bio-organic interactions in the body.
We think the best way to study for this class is using a four-tiered approach. Part one is to read the section of your textbook and get the fundamentals of the topics. Part two is to watch a video on those topics to hear someone else retierate the material and teach it in a different way from your text. Part three is to go through a set of flashcards to quiz yourself on that material and part four is to take different practice exams to really nail it down. We have taken all four of these parts and placed them all on one website. Hopefully, nobody has lied to you and told you it would be an easy course, but with some effort and help from the web, you can get the grade you want!
You enjoyed this class, so now what??
If you enjoyed your organic chemistry class, you might want to consider a way to continue the party. The way is to get a graduate degree in that subject. Here are some of the benefits to it:
1) Recruiting trips: Rent the 80's hit movie Johnny Be Good. Your recruiting trips to prospective graduate schools will not be quite that crazy, but each school you are accepted to will fly you out for the weekend to wine and dine you. This includes meeting the faculty & current graduate students, seeing the campus, hearing about research that you might be interested in and seeing what life as a grad student would be like. It is a great way to spend part of your senior year and is the first step to picking the perfect graduate school for you. It is also an amazing opportunity to talk to the graduate students that are already there and find out how life at that school really is.
2) You get paid to go to school: Almost every university that offers a graduate degree in our favorite subject will pay you go to school there. No joke. In exchange for teaching undergraduate classes and/or doing research in order to obtain your degree, these schools will pay you a stipend. Generally, it is not much money, but it will be enough for most of you to live on. Depending on the school, this stipend can range from $15K to $35K/year and tuition is usually covered in that (or is very cheap). Plus, if you want a little extra money on the side, you can always tutor students at about $40/hr.Considering that you are being paid to be a student, this isn't such a bad deal. think about that tutorial
3) You get to put off starting real life: If you get a masters degree, it will take you 18 months to three years to complete. If you get a PhD, it will take you between 4-6 years. This is all time in which you are still a college student and can continue to party like it is 1999.
4) You will increase your earning potential for your entire career: With an advanced degree on your resume, you can demand higher salaries for your entire working career.
5) You don't necessarily even need to become a chemist with your degree: A sizable percentage of those who get advanced degrees never actually become bench chemists, or even stay in the field. I know people that have become engineers, pharmaceutical sales reps, medical examiners, and even FBI agents. The great part about it is that you have flexibility and aren't pigeon-held into a chem job.
Overall, more education never hurts anyone, especially when someone else is paying for you to do it. If you are even remotely interested in hearing more about this, I would strongly suggest learning more about a graduate degree in the sciences. For most schools, you can visit their websites and get more information. If you decide to start the process toward going to graduate school, you want to take the GRE exam sometime in your junior year and start applying in the fall of your senior year.
If you love the sciences and want to start or further your education, visit Collegeonline.org to review the science and technology degree options currently available.
Humor and jokes
Click here for organic chemistry jokes. Do radioactive cats have 18 half-lives? Old chemists don't die, they just fail to react. O-chem is the study of carbon compounds. Biology is the study of carbon compounds that crawl. A smart man once told me when in doubt, say that further research needs to be conducted.
Organic Chemistry Jobs Are Everywhere!
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