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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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OrgoPrep Registration Opens January 25th!

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When you log in to select a section, click Search for Availabilities then select OrgoPrep as your center, then select OrgoPrep as the subject.  Sometimes the subject is slow to load, have patience, it will come up.

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.

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.

 

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 senior 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.


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Jen

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Welcome to OrgoPrep!
My name is Jen, I’m from Albany, Oregon, and I’m a senior in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in French language. When I’m not in class or research lab, you can find me working at FitRec, holding floor events with other RAs, or wandering the lovely paths of the Public Garden. OrgoPrep has been an awesome experience, and I’m excited for a third year of getting students ready to study one of the most interesting subjects offered here at BU [in my opinion].

I hope to show everyone that organic chemistry is not scary, but incredibly interesting. By studying the fundamental chemical principles of life, we can better understand biological function, drug discovery and delivery, and apply this knowledge to whichever career path we pursue. Organic chemistry is essential to medicine and science, but the skills you will learn will help you wherever you choose to go in life.
I hope to help you feel prepared and excited for orgo, to make connections with your peers, and to gain a new perspective on an unjustly notorious course. See you all in class!

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OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Eamon and I am a senior 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 the next four years, I’m your man.

This will be my second 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!


Brittany

Brittany

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hey there! My name is Brittany Foushee and I am a sophomore double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. I am from New Jersey, born and raised, and enjoy playing the ukulele, reading and listening to music. I love traveling and studied abroad this past semester in Germany. This is my first semester as an OrgoPrep leader, however I did take OrgoPrep just last spring and have experience tutoring high school and elementary school students. I am excited to share with you al-kynes of tips and tricks. I hope to provide you all with a firm and basic understanding of Orgo and what to expect from the class, so you can enter your first semester of Organic Chemistry with confidence!


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Ashley

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hey guys! My name is Ashley, and I’m a sophomore in CAS studying Neuroscience and Psychology. I’m from Northern New Jersey and in my free time I enjoy photography and volunteering. Ever since I studied abroad last semester, I realized that I love to spend weekends traveling and discovering new places! So, if you have any questions about traveling or studying abroad feel free to ask.
This is my first semester as an OrgoPrep leader. However, I’m excited to bring a new perspective to the class. I know that its hard to learn a subject with the stress of exams and getting good grades. Hopefully with this interactive and stress-free (and grade-free!) class, you guys will be able to focus on learning the basic concepts of Orgo and become experts in no time. I can’t wait to meet you all to help you prep for the fall!


Kevin

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hola! My name is Kevin, and I’m a sophomore majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in Psychology in College of Arts and Science. I come from Panama, a really beautiful country in Central America, and I love to play the piano, make drawings, and explore new restaurants during my free time. I can speak in Cantonese and Spanish too! So, if you are interested in talking about food, organic chemistry, or anything relating to premed and life, feel free to come speak to me! I promise I don’t bite.

This is my first semester teaching in OrgoPrep, but I am already excited to show you how much fun Organic Chemistry actually is. My main goal as an OrgoPrep leader is to ease the anxiety of students taking Organic Chemistry by providing them with personal tips and tricks to succeed in this course. Moreover, by taking OrgoPrep, students will be exposed to the basics so they can be prepared for the actual infamous course. Students attending OrgoPrep can expect a stress-free and educative environment since there will be no grades or homework assigned. Moreover, I hope to become an important resource in your career and journey through Organic Chemistry so that you can be confident in the fall. Can’t wait to see y’all!


Sylvanna

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hi! My name is Sylvanna and I am a junior studying Human Physiology with a minor in Public Health. I am from sunny South Florida and an avid reader of anything romance. My other interests include playing tennis and baking. On campus, I am part of the BU Red Cross and really enjoy volunteering at various events.

This is my first semester working as an OrgoPrep leader and I couldn’t be more excited! I know how intimidating Organic Chemistry can be, but I will do my best to make you feel like you can conquer Orgo, stress-free. I definitely believe in using every resource available when learning organic chemistry, from things like Khan Academy to molecular models. Orgo can be super fun when you understand what you are learning, and I definitely plan to help my students feel this way by the end of each class! I can’t wait to work with you all this semester!


Annalise

OrgoPrep Leader
orgoprep@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Annalise (or Anna) and I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology and specializing in CMG. I am from Southern California, spent the last semester studying abroad in Madrid, and am excited to be back in Boston for another great semester. This will be my first year as an OrgoPrep leader and I hope to take away the stress that is usually associated with organic chemistry. I am a visual learner so students in my class can look forward to diagrams and (extremely non-artistic) pictures to help you understand the more challenging concepts. I hope I can show you that organic chemistry can actually be an enjoyable subject and prepare you for your classes next year!

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