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Organic Chemistry Preparation

The ERC is pleased to offer a free, noncredit, preparatory course in organic chemistry during the spring semester. Orgo Prep is led by dedicated and enthusiastic student leaders who have excelled in organic chemistry. The program runs for seven weeks in the spring semester.

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The course is designed to develop the study skills necessary to succeed in science courses at BU, particularly the College of Arts & Science’s Organic Chemistry 1 (CAS CH 203). There are no assignments, no grades, and no obligations. Our goal is to minimize the anxiety that is too often associated with organic chemistry and to help give students a leg-up on some of the material in an interactive, low-stress environment. We hope to show that organic chemistry is fun, interesting, and definitely not something to fear.

Each section of Orgo Prep is led by a pair of BU undergrads who have completed CH 203 and have an enthusiasm for organic chemistry. Each week, they will present a study skill and related topic that is covered in CH 203, and will lead students in practice problems and other engaging activities to help bring these topics to life. Every section will meet once a week for an hour and a half.

We are now accepting applications to become OrgoPrep Leaders for Spring 2017!  Please download the application and submit your completed version no later than November 21stWe have extended the deadline for interested applicants until Friday December 2nd!

OrgoPrep Application 2017

What is OrgoPrep?What’s Orgo Prep and should I sign up? VIDEO
Still not sure if Orgo Prep is for you? Check out this short 3 minute video to get answers about what Orgo Prep is, who should take Orgo Prep, why Orgo Prep is helpful, and more! Answered by Orgo Prep leaders, as well as students who have previously participated in Orgo Prep.

If you have any questions, please contact us at orgoprep@gmail.com. You may also contact Michael Lantvet at the ERC by phone 617-353-7077 or by email at mlantvet@bu.edu.

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Learn about the Leaders:



Austin

Austin

OrgoPrep Co-Coordinator
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hello! My name is Austin and I’m studying Human Physiology in Sargent College. I’m from Lexington, Massachusetts, and my personal hobbies include playing the ukulele, drawing, and cooking. This is my third year teaching and leading OrgoPrep so I hope that we make it a fun and informative experience for you.

I hope to dispel the stressful reputation of organic chemistry by creating a stress free atmosphere where questions are always welcome. Students in my section can expect to see complicated ideas broken down into simple and memorable topics. So if you’re a visual learner or auditory learner, you can look forward to diagrams and activities to help tackle difficult problems. Whether you sign up by yourself or with friends, you will be able to connect with other students that you’ll most likely see in your future classes. My main goal in OrgoPrep is to provide students with useful study techniques, a supportive classroom environment, and the confidence to conquer organic chemistry. When you have confidence in something difficult, you can have fun doing it too. So if you love tinkering with puzzles then OrgoPrep is for you!



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Audrey

OrgoPrep Co-Coordinator
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Audrey and I am a sophomore in Sargent College. I am studying Human Physiology, with a minor in Business Administration. I am from Southern New Jersey, on the real Jersey Shore. On campus, I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega and Global Public Health Brigades. I enjoy helping others and giving back to the community in any way that I can.

This is my first time as an OrgoPrep Leader. I hope to make my classes understandable, engaging, and even fun, which is not an adjective often associated with Organic Chemistry. I plan on breaking large concepts down into more manageable parts in order to make CH 203 less of a challenge. I just finished CH 203 last semester and am more than willing to pass along any tips that helped me succeed. I hope that students find OrgoPrep as a useful tool where they can review confusing concepts and further their knowledge and understanding of Organic Chemistry.



Jen

Jen

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

My name is Jennifer, and I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in French language. I’m from Albany, Oregon, an avid Irish-dancer, a member of BU’s improvisational comedy group Liquid Fun, and am excited for a new semester in the awesome city of Boston. I’m looking forward to leading an Orgo Prep section because a lot of the fundamentals from general chemistry fit together when studying organic chemistry, and sharing that information with students taking it later will make things much easier to understand. Orgo can be really fun, and I am pumped to work with students interested in the subject!



Eamon

Eamon

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Eamon and I am a junior in CAS majoring in biochemistry & molecular biology and minoring in political science. Like half the people you met at orientation, I am originally from Long Island, New York.  Some tidbits about me: I am also a pre-med student, a guitarist, and an obsessor of politics. So if you want to chat about medicine, music, or 2016, I’m your man.

This will be my first time as an OrgoPrep Leader and I am pumped to get you pumped about organic chemistry. For real though, orgo does not deserve the bad rap it often gets. It is by and far one of the coolest things you will ever learn. Organic chemistry is an art and we will do our best to make sure you all leave OrgoPrep as straight da Vincis (I have more metaphors where that came from). Sure, it’s a challenging subject, but once it clicks in OrgoPrep, you will be good to go in the fall.



Liza

Liza

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hello! My name is Liza Nemolyaeva, or Nemo; it’s easier to pronounce. I’m a junior studying Human Physiology in Sargent College. I’m an EMT on campus and President of the Boston chapter of a nonprofit organization, SAHLUD (Student Advocates for Healthy Living in Underserved Demographics). This semester I will be also working as a research assistant in a psychology lab on campus. I love a cappella, a good movie, and cooking. I’m from Sacramento, California, but grew up in a super fobby Russian family. (They’re basically the family from My Big Fat Greek Wedding; I love them to death.)
This is my first semester as an OrgoPrep leader. However, I’ve had some experience teaching kids in K-12 in the U.S. and Ecuador, as well as teaching an English class to senior citizens. I firmly believe in the power of practice problems and logically and visually working through mechanisms to help understand concepts. Students in my class can look forward to a laid back and fun environment with lots of participation and examples. I can’t wait to meet my students and help you succeed in the transition from Gen Chem to Organic Chemistry!



Aarushi

Aarushi

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hey guys! My name is Aarushi, but you can give me any nickname you prefer, since it is usually a difficult name to remember for some people. I’m from the magical city of Dubai in the Middle East and I’m majoring in Human Physiology/Pre Med in Sargent. I work at a neuroscience research lab at Boston Medical Center and at the Pediatric Trauma Institute at Tufts Medical. Other than that, I’m very interested in photography and I’m a part of the BU photography club. I also do a variety of fundraising events through many organizations on campus, such as BU Red Cross.

Believe me, I know how difficult Organic Chemistry can get for some people, but that is exactly why I’m here to help! The key to improve in Orgo is strengthening your understanding of the fundamental and basic concepts and I’m going to work with you on that. I’m a very approachable person and you can contact me anytime, whether it is to talk about the subject or just complain about college life (we have all been there). I avoid stressful situations so I aim to make the class more fun and interactive in order to ease the transition into Orgo. I’m positive that our combined efforts will make you guys excel and I look forward to it!

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