Well, I'm done.
I didn't like the teaching method, which involves fast talking, fast writing, and little time for learning. She did offer office hours, though. None were too valuable, as I found.
Exam averages were about 41%, 31%, 37%, and for the final 51%. I believe people had about 45% as the average quiz score, of which there were about 11 quizzes.
Yes, there was stereochemistry, not a lot of it, though. But I really could have used the ability to quickly figure out R and S configurations. I got away with the bare minimum. Horsechair conformations were useful, as were those peace-sign thingies.
With such low averages, I don't feel as though much was learned. I find that extremely disappointing. I didn't do well in the course either. I was hoping I'd do well, as I've got some pretty good skills, but apparently they were not good enough for this course. Honestly, having taken advanced undergraduate courses and 500-level classes, I thought maybe just hard work and good study habits would be enough for organic II.. They weren't...
Maybe... Perhaps there is some external influence, such as corruption via insider trading of past exams, lecture notes, quizzes, and so forth amongst students. Preventing insider trading is a very hard thing to do.
Actually, my grades went up after I started to ask students who had the same professor how to study for the class. I find that using insider trading to help me to be an unfortunate task to partake of.
I'm very disappointed with how this course went about. I'm not sure I'm disappointed with myself, though, as I did my best for what I could. And knowing many people fail this course (about 23% of the class failed), I am glad that I was able to succeed.
I feel as though the only real way to have prepared for this course was to have done a variety of carbonyl chemistry practice problems found in organic chemistry books.
Still, it irks me that some students would score 90% on the exams. I find that impressive, as the amount of time offered about 90 minutes (iirc), with 13 or so exam pages... offered quite a challenge.
I don't consider the amount of teaching via lecture to have been enough to have done that well on the exams. Definitely not. My guess is that people went to office hours or used external learning resources to do that well. Otherwise, perhaps they possess some natural gift for organic chemistry. Still, quite impressive that many of the A students never showed up to lecture. I'm curious how they did so well without being around to take lecture notes. Again, perhaps insider trading. Keep in mind, the book was barely used and not always immediately related to lecture material.
For those who plan on taking it, expect losing a lot of sleep and coming out with a grade that you're not satisfied with.