6 GIFs To Help You Overcome Organic Chemistry

6 GIFs To Help You Overcome Organic Chemistry

Getting through the Organic Chemistry blues.
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Organic chemistry is one of the institutions invented so that the "weak ones" can be weeded out from pre-med. Of course, it is.

What other purpose can this diabolical subject serve other than that? Well, now you're taking it because you don't want to be weeded out. Plus, just talking about atoms excites you (you see what I did there? No? Okay.)

So before you run into all of those negative comments that are enough to compose an electron cloud, let me shed some light on the beauty that is organic chemistry.

1. The Formula For Success

I haven't come across a more telling diagram. It is exactly what Organic Chemistry is comprised of. Fear gives rise to ignorance which then compiles into hatred. Your fear of Orgo will, in fact, lead to ignorance and you will end up hating Organic Chemistry. So put all those fears aside and step in with a positive attitude.

2. Relax. Breathe. You Got This.

What's more relaxing than chilling on a beach chair that's a cyclohexane chair conformation? That guy looks so relaxed. And that is how Orgo should be. You should see the pun...I mean fun in little things. To succeed at something, you should make it enjoyable and look at it from a different angle.

3. Throw Away The Negativity

Okay. So at first, it might seem that way. And yes, in the beginning, some of it might actually be wrong. But that's the time to ask yourself, "Why is this wrong?" and "How can I approach this from a different angle?" Now is the time to ask questions. Once the topic changes the little spot of confusion can multiply and come to haunt you later. ASK THOSE QUESTIONS!

4. Remind Yourself Why You're In It

That. To me, at least, is COOL. I'm in it for that and to know why and how it occurs. And then I plan on going to med school. So if you're having second thoughts, think of your "why?"

5. Practice. Practice. Practice.

Maybe one more PRACTICE will do the trick. So yes. PRACTICE. Do problem sets. Orgo can't be learned in a day. Concepts need be reiterated and recited over and over for them to make sense. And that only happens when...you get the point.

6. Keep Moving Forward!

No, it doesn't get any worse. I promise. As long as you take charge and stay put.

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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Teaching Children The Florida Curriculum: It's As Easy As A Coloring Page

We need to teach students in achievable strategies, and it can be done in the simplest of ways.

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As a pre-service teacher, I get to see everything that goes into lesson planning for students. I myself have even had to make lesson plans to teach in my internship, and I can tell you this, it's tougher than it seems because we focus in on what the children need, while also following the curriculum laid out for us. We also have to break it down so students can understand and really connect to the lessons we make for them.

This month, in our kindergarten science lessons, we are learning about the human body and ways to keep ourselves healthy. For kindergarteners, this can be really hard to break down because there are some really advanced subjects mixed into the curriculum. The lesson plan that I most recently wrote was on oral health. When I first approached it, I didn't know how I could break it down to their level. I myself don't understand all that goes into dental health, so how was I supposed to break it down for twenty 5 and 6-year-olds. I searched online, browsing through great resources that teachers use, like Cpalms.org and Teachers Pay Teachers, and I was still struggling to find a way to meet all the needs of my students. So I had to sit myself down and think through the mind of a 6-year-old to come up with my lesson.

What I found is that there are ways in which we can teach kids, and specifically this instance, their health, that are super simple, and yet we overlook them all the time.

What is one of the things you loved to do most in kindergarten? For most people you ask, coloring is a very popular answer. One of the most memorable things that I can recall from kindergarten was alphabet coloring pages. These are still used in teaching the alphabet in my own kindergarten practicum that I'm in right now. So why not use this style when I'm teaching them about their oral health?

It was so easy to create a plan based off of what the students would be excited about. I was easily able to create a coloring sheet of the human mouth and from there, I realized I could teach them about specific things within the mouth, like the different types of teeth, and I could do this by having them color coordinate the different teeth by color coordinating them with crayons. I also realized that I could demonstrate good hygiene to them on the baby dolls they love to play within centers. This could make them excited about things like brushing and flossing their teeth, which could benefit their own health in the long run.

As educators, we need to find ways to make tough learning subjects easier to break down to our students and make this learning fun. Once we make learning hard subjects more simple and fun, we can make education fun for the students, and they will hold onto our lessons much more effectively. So I challenge all teachers to do this: Look through the lens of your students, and find ways to bring subjects down to their level and make it enjoyable for them.

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