Friday, July 10, 2015

WWWTP: study guide edition

Credit: West Coast Gabby
Courtesy of West Coast Gabby, a study guide that fails its owners.

(Regarding study guides: did anyone find that it was actually the process of making your own study guide that prepared you for the test?)

13 comments:

  1. 1) Maybe there's a retro-DA in there somewhere?

    2) For some classes, making study guides was helpful, but for organic I generally just did lots of problems, because that's what I liked to do.

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  2. Problems, problems, problems -- keeping my mind sharp when lecture couldn't. Plus re-writing the chicken scratch notes that resulted from speedy lectures. Having a professor who was a wizard at ochem didn't help. He was crazy fast at writing stuff on the chalkboard and erasing it almost right away lol.

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  3. Hmm... 6 + 6 =10?

    As an inorganic type, I'd be curious to find out what the "Metal Reaction" is.

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    1. Thermite? Na/K alloy with...anything?

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  4. Looks to me like your standard types of organic reactions. The basics of organometallics first, and the only reaction I can see in the picture is the Grignard.

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  5. Hey Anon 1:24 PM, did you flunk my Orgo I class? :-(

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  6. Somewhere, out there, is an individual who actually got paid to produce this.

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  7. http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/29_akbar_starwars.jpg

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  8. This looks like undergraduate level... surely not? (I guess that's what you get if you advance to undergraduate and you think a shop-bought laminated card will help you through your degree.)

    I'm more astounded by the inclusion of the Freund-Gustavson reaction as something of such import. I'd seen that maybe once but didn't even know it had a name.

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  9. I prepared my own study guide for every exam in my undergrad classes "back in the day." I attempted to distill the material from the previous weeks into a single page that captured basic concepts, definitions and problem solving. These were infinitely helpful in preparation. I tried this for a semester of graduate work, but found them singularly a waste of time where exams were either multiple-week take home types or exams were very much not like previous week's of exercises and more extensions of the lectures.

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    1. Or (as was my experience several times in graduate school) had nothing to do with what had actually been covered in class.

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