Hardinger makes it easy to learn chem- just go to lecture, skim the chapter, and do the CFQs and PPs. Don't worry about the text problems and the OWLs problems too much. It is difficult to find a good TA for this class so visit office hours. Finally- to study for the final, just do the CFQs and PP's over again and do the last few practice exams- they don't change much from year to year. The best part of this class is knowing how to study for it- no guessing around or studying the wrong material. I got As on both midterms and just took the final, which was pretty straightforward. Good luck!
Winter 2018 - I'm selling my molecular model kits (near mint condition). It helped me a lot visualizing the molecular structures, and since I'm done with the 14 series I'm selling it. Text me at 626-698-2698 if interested :) (I'm moving so will be packing stuff up after 6/14, so please contact me ASAP if interested!) Professor Hardinger is incredibly good at communicating course materials in a non-boring way and making everything so clear, and the analogies he used turned out to be very helpful. The best thing about this class is that there is SO much resources that be be utilized, e.g. LA workshop, the numerous tutorials, glossary, and finally, the Thinkbook and past exams, which are absolutely the most helpful and which I hope every science class has. Prof. Hardinger's own website is also a great idea, and with that many resources it's basically impossible to not be good at 14D. This has to be the first time in my life that I study chemistry this diligently and painlessly (coming from a person who used to haaaaaaate chemistry), and this class should be the example of what every other south campus class should be like.
Professor Hardinger is a funny man who made lectures bearable. He definately knows his chemistry and tries to challenge you in several ways. There were three midterms and a final, although the third midterm and final were on the same day!! He exams are challenging but if you do the CFQ and PP along with his the OWLS...you should be ok. This is a difficult class, so dedicate much time to it.
Keep up with all the web supplementals he posts on the web! And PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE as many problems as you can! Chem 30B this qtr was re-organized, so there was a greater emphasis on spectroscopy which wasn't fun. But Hardinger lets you know what he expects from you and doesn't pull "a fast one" on you on his exams.
Dr. Hardinger teaches organic chemistry on a conceptual level. I would highly recommend him for chem 30C. As everyone else has stated, he has a nearly endless amount of helpful resources and practice problems on his webpage. As in any science class, you have to put in put in hard work in order to get an A; however, attending his lectures will give you a good conceptual understanding of the course material.