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Linking Early Warning to Supplemental Instructions in Organic Chemistry

Linking Early Warning to Supplemental Instructions in Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry lecture courses are traditionally included among the high failure rate courses in collegiate curricula across the nation. In this project, we sought to address this trend by instituting in organic chemistry II lecture a competency exam during week one which encompasses material from organic chemistry I lecture. Students with poor performance on this exam were strongly urged to seek advice from the college academic adviser and also enroll into supplemental instruction so that their deficiencies could be addressed. The passing rate of SI-enrolled students were compared to that of non-SI students. The overall outcome of this course was compared to that for an identical course taught in spring 2012 in which no SI was available.

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