Sapling Learning

The following does not apply to Fall 2017. Please visit the Moodle pages for all Chem 201 course info.


Organic chemistry is not a spectator sport. It cannot be learned through ‘exposure’. You have to practice: take things apart, put them back together, and connect them together in new ways; repeat. Practice changes the circuitry of your brain so that your thoughts flow easily from one fact or concept to all related facts and concepts.

You will rely on the Sapling online homework system to provide a good bit of this practice. The system works inside your web browser and it provides real-time grading, response-specific coaching, improvement of problem-solving skills, and detailed answer explanations. In addition, it contains simple methods for creating and assessing answers to sophisticated problems.

The following steps tell you how to get started, create an account, and learn to use the Q&A system. Once classes begin you will be able to access Sapling assignments that have been specially created for our course.

Have fun!

Getting started with Sapling

1. Go to

2a. If you already have a Sapling Learning account, log in and skip to step 3.

2b. If you have a Facebook account, you can use it to quickly create a Sapling Learning account. Click the blue button with the Facebook symbol on it (just to the left of the username field). The form will auto-fill with information from your Facebook account (you may need to log into Facebook in the popup window first). Choose a password and timezone, accept the site policy agreement, and click “Create my new account”. You can then skip to step 3.

2c. Otherwise, click “create account”. Supply the requested information and click “Create my new account”. Check your email (and spam filter) for a message from Sapling Learning and click on the link provided in that email.

3. Find your course in the list (you may need to expand the subject and term categories) and click the link.

4. Select a payment option and follow the remaining instructions.

5. Work on the Sapling Learning training materials. The activities, videos, and information pages will familiarize you with the Sapling Learning user environment and serve as tutorials for efficiently drawing molecules, stereochemistry, etc. within the Sapling Learning answer modules. These training materials are already accessible in your Sapling Learning course.

Once you have registered and enrolled, you can log in at any time to complete or review your homework assignments. During sign up – and throughout the term – if you have any technical problems or grading issues, send an email to explaining the issue. The Sapling support team is almost always more able (and faster) to resolve issues than your instructor.

[Note: To optimize your Sapling Learning experience, please keep your internet browser and Flash player up to date and minimize the use of RAM-intensive programs/websites while using Sapling Learning.]