@twogirls : I appreciate you for reminding the OP of that fact. I see this play out over and over again. Sometimes weaker or time strapped students would go to the least rigorous instructor and clearly assumed that because they were “easier”, they had to do very little and could cram 1-2 days before the exam and be fine. The reality is that the difference is more along the lines of “1 month of consistent engagement with material and a step up 2 weeks or more before the exam” versus “start seriously 2 weeks before the exam, and at least some engagement before helps”. The idea is that consistent engagement may guarantee a good grade in the “easier” instructors’ course, whereas it merely increases the chances at a solid grade in the harder course.
Usually the easier sections yielded the exact same course GPAs as the harder sections due to these attitudes and these largely seem to come from selection effects.
@Goodluck123 : Just try to get a decent ochem instructor that actually requires you to think and solve different problems than what they have already assigned (if you have yet to take a STEM course that has challenged you in this way, you now have an opportunity to do so. I think all STEM majors should take at least one course or sequence like that, pre-health or not). The MCAT is very much about thinking on your feet and dealing with the passage based questions. Getting a solid grounding ochem (especially ochem 2) can help for some of the “chemical biology” oriented biochemistry questions on it. When you see complex scenarios with a chemical emphasis, you won’t be as afraid. And please remember that one lackluster score in a course will not jeopardize your chances as you should be applying to a range of schools anyway when the time comes. And a great foundation could help you perform better in later biology courses like biochem (which you should and have to take I believe), so you will get the upward trend you desire. Get as many “added value” effects as you can. Ochem is one of the few pre-health courses that ties into later courses in terms of content, so you can kind of take a risk there (gen. chem…eh, physics eh, math no…if you are a biology or a neuroscience major at most schools, you won’t be using those as much.)