Category Archives: Study habits & Distractions

Retrieval Practice Protects Your Memory

A new article in Science magazine from Prof. Ayanna Thomas’ research group is one that every O Chem student should look at. The article doesn’t contain any chemistry, but it contains some potentially valuable insights into becoming a more successful O Chem … finish reading Retrieval Practice Protects Your Memory

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O chem slowing you down? Try FOH!

Some of you may be suffering from FMOOWMP. You know the symptoms, but you probably didn’t know that help was close at hand. And it’s painless. Here’s a short video to bring you up-to-speed. https://youtu.be/yQq1-_ujXrM

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Distractions Are Everywhere

I heard a presentation from a neuroscientist last week on how our brains work. She highlighted different brain networks that one can imagine working well in some situations (“keep an eye out for tigers and snakes”), but get corrupted into … finish reading Distractions Are Everywhere

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The Right Kind of Practice

What single thing must you do to learn organic chemistry? Sam and I have given you the answer several times: practice solving problems. But is that all you have to do? Can you just open the book to a problem, … finish reading The Right Kind of Practice

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Study, study, study? Take a Tonematrix break

Computers – source of endless entertainment or endless drudgery? A little of both, right. Why not turn your computer into a mood enhancer by making some music with the Tonematrix audio tool. 2 minutes will put you in another world. And who knows? … finish reading Study, study, study? Take a Tonematrix break

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Vaux Swift Watch 2016

This post has nothing to do with o chem, but you have a long weekend ahead of you and I don’t want you miss something really special: the swarming and roosting of 5000+ small Vaux swifts in the Chapman School … finish reading Vaux Swift Watch 2016

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Challenge/Conference Problems or HW/Book Problems

I have (and will) post some extra “challenge” problems from time to time. Let me explain their purpose so that you can work these problems into your schedule in an appropriate way.

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Keep a study journal

The most frequently made comment by Chem 201 students is that they learn to study organic chemistry as the semester rolls along. Please read that again. They don’t say, ‘they learn o chem’ because that’s a given. What they say … finish reading Keep a study journal

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Get ready for Quiz #1 (& Advice from 2013)

As you prepare for our quiz later this week, keep two things in mind: There are lots of resources to help you: sample quiz (with answers) from 2013, practice problems online and in your book, online supplements that I have … finish reading Get ready for Quiz #1 (& Advice from 2013)

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Sleep is when connections are made

For years I have issued this advice to Chem 201 students before each exam, “Don’t stay up too late studying,” I say. “It doesn’t help. You need to get good sleep in order to make good long-term memories.” I have … finish reading Sleep is when connections are made

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