Organic Chemistry As a Second Language: Second Semester Topics

Readers continue to turn to Klein because it enables them to better understand fundamental principles, solve problems, and focus on what they need to know to succeed. The third edition explores the major principles in the field and explains why they are relevant. It is written in a way that clearly shows the patterns in organic chemistry so that readers can gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the material. Topics are presented clearly in an accessible writing style along with numerous of hands-on problem solving exercises.

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  1. 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Buy both first and second semester topics to get started!!, November 9, 2011
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    Sandy (Winder, GA, US) –

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    This review is from: Organic Chemistry As a Second Language: Second Semester Topics (Paperback)
    I am an older non-traditional student launching myself through a second degree – Cell Biology and Biotechnology. I have heard so much negative press about Organic Chemistry that I was petrified. Turns out I love Organic Chemistry! I found Dr. Klein’s “Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, First Semester Topics”, 3rd edition, before I started orgo in the Fall. It has been a life saver – 94 on my mid-term – and I only ran into trouble when I discovered that the first semester topics we were covering were not all in that book!

    I went ahead and pre-ordered the “Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, Second Semester Topics”! Glad I sat down and looked at it! All the topics I was missing in the first book are actually in this one. So, my school simply has topics arranged differently than these books do! (We’re jumping around in a textbook.) May be the case for you as well! It is well worth the cost to buy both of them BEFORE you start orgo. I was through many chapters before class even started and I found that it was a great help to know where we were going and to have a background in the material before class even started! Dr. Klein’s explanations are simple and progress logically, as do the problems. Fortunately, I ordered the second semester topics before the final exam for first semster. I will be able to take some holiday time and review all my first semester topics, (including the ones I thought were missing)in Dr. Klein’s books.

    Do yourself a huge favor! Get a head start by letting Dr. Klein help you by using these two small books! I would love it if these were the text books for our class! Thank you, Dr. Klein!!!

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  2. 31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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    GET THIS BOOK!, March 12, 2012
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    SMB
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    This review is from: Organic Chemistry As a Second Language: Second Semester Topics (Paperback)
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    I wrote a similar review for Klein’s Organic Chemistry As a Second Language First Semester Topics. I am a pre-med major, who loves science. If someone tries to tell you that Organic Chemistry “wasn’t that bad”, they’re either lying or you need to keep them close because for the majority of people – organic chem is a necessary evil that is pretty painful to get through without destroying your GPA.

    Tips for doing well in Organic Chemistry:

    1) Professor shop. Don’t take any available class, you’ll regret taking the professor that barely gives anyone above a C even though it seems like his entire class does nothing but study. Orgo is hard enough without having THAT professor.

    2) Take it with a friend, or make one. You’ll need a study buddy who hopefully understands the things you don’t and vice versa.

    3) BUY THIS BOOK. I’ll assume you made it through first semester, and probably with the help of Klein’s first semester topic book. Use this to supplement your text, review key concepts and help things make sense. It is really well laid out and in plain speak, and includes a ton of small exercises to ensure you’re really getting it.

    4) Kahn Academy dot com

    5) Breathe.

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