Are we having fun yet? Whew! We need another fall break...and we'll get one in about a month. : ) We'll hang in there til then. Here's some feedback on your feedback/suggestions.
-> far and away the biggest "I need help" suggestion is using mechanism to figure out the stereochemical outcome of reactions. We'll work on that both Sunday and Monday.
-> Conformations, esp. chair conformations and ring flips: we'll do some practice problems with these on Sunday.
-> I got an even split on the subject of take-home quizzes -- some people like 'em, some don't. If the take-home is getting you further behind, that is a big, big problem, because you should be doing take-home-like problems every weekend anyway. The MOST important thing you can do to understand and succeed in o-chem is to work problems - more important than reading the text, more important than coming to class and taking notes! Problem is, it is a lot easier to come to class and read the text than it is to actually DO the problems. But without this third step -- doing the problems -- it doesn't matter how much you come to class or read the text. SO...if giving take-home quizzes is making you actually process the material and do the problems, then that is very much a good thing...
-> I'm getting reminded to do more problems on the board. Keep reminding me. I like them too. Maybe we can do some monday.
-> This wasn't on the feedback, but don't sweat synthesis just yet. We start synthesis with little baby steps ("one step backwards" and roadmaps like on the takehome). You won't have any hairy/scary synthesis problem on the exam!
-> how to do stereochem w/o a model set??? The best advice I can give is to practice a LOT with your model set when you're doing the homework problems. It will eventually "take" and you'll actually begin to make the translation from 2D (on paper) to 3D in your head!
Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. We'll work together on hanging in there. We're in pretty good shape, so just stay caught up and we'll make it through. nec